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    1. Addiction: Life in a Bottle

      As an aspiring novelist in his early 20s, Carl (not his real name) equated the glamorous life of writing with boozing. "Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and more contemporary writers were known as big boozers. If it was good for them, why can't it be good for me?" he thought. But he didn't get the r

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    2. The Truth About Phobias

      Weddings are generally joyous occasions, but not so for Marissa Wolicki, 25, of Toronto, Canada, who reluctantly attended one recently with her boyfriend. "All of a sudden, the room started to spin. I started to feel really nauseated. My heart went pound-pound-pound-pound. I grabbed my boyfriend's h

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    3. Eating Disorders in Children and Teens

      Eating disorders in children and teens cause serious changes in eating habits that can lead to major, even life threatening health problems. The three main types of eating disorders are: Anorexia , a condition in which a child refuses to eat adequate calories out of an intense and irrational fear of

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    4. Balancing Bipolar Disorder

      Karen Renken was just 14, but she knew something was terribly wrong. "I was a straight-A student, and suddenly I started failing in school," says Renken, now 45, of Long Island, N.Y. At high school, she would go from enjoying a seemingly normal mood to throwing a tantrum in the hallway. Her teenage

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    5. One Woman's Race Against Anorexia

      Food has consumed my thoughts in good and bad ways for several years. I used to wake up every morning thinking about what I was going to eat at each meal and how many calories I would burn with my daily workout. I became isolated from my friends and spent countless hours in my college dorm room in o

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    6. Worried Sick? Help for Hypochondria

      According to his doctor, Rich David is a healthy 32-year-old man. Yet for years, David has believed otherwise. All it takes is a swollen gland or an upset stomach to set him off. Immediately, he assumes -- he knows -- that he's fatally ill. "I'll waste days researching gruesome cancers on the Intern

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    7. How to Keep Joy in Your Life All Year Long

      It's the one resolution you must keep this year! Start by taking inventory of what matters to you and what makes you happy. Then, work on savoring those experiences! Here, four ways to create more delight each and every day from Michelle DeAngelis, life consultant and founder of Planetjoyride.com. P

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    8. Chamomile: Shelter from the Storm

      By Maggy Howe The rejuvenating effects of chamomile. I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter! "One tablespoon to be taken at bed-time." --The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter Dear

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    9. Your Child and Anxiety: School Stress Starts Early

      Call it pressure. Call it great expectations. Whatever its name the result is the same: school stress. It starts as soon as kindergarten. It turns play into competitive sport. It turns the joy of learning into a struggle to excel. It turns friends into social connections and charitable acts into a l

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    10. Movie Therapy: Using Movies for Mental Health

      Can watching a film like The Departed help you cope with your own betrayals? Does The Queen make you think about your place in class and society? And can a movie like Letters From Iwo Jima teach you anything about war and conflict? Proponents of cinema therapy say that, in addition to getting award

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