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  1. How to Clean Up Your Clutter Act for Good

    Take a look around your house. Do you see papers piled on counters? Clothing stuffed into drawers? Linen closets that look like war zones? You may have a clutter problem, and it could be affecting you more than you know. A cluttered environment can limit your ability to focus and process information

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  2. 6 Common Depression Traps to Avoid

    When Orion Lyonesse is getting depressed, she turns into a hermit. She doesn't want to leave the house (not even to pick up the mail), and she cuts off contact with her friends and family. "The more I'm alone, the deeper the depression gets," Lyonesse, an artist and writer in Lake Stevens, Wash., te

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  3. Life After Rehab

    You’ve seen it in the tabloids: The celebrity with a history of drug or alcohol problems checks back into a treatment center -- or loses their life because of addiction. We shake our heads and wonder what went wrong. Here’s the thing: Relapse is a common part of the ongoing recovery process. Just li

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  4. Hoarding: More Than Just a Mess

    Judith Kolberg is accustomed to walking into cluttered homes. As a professional organizer, the Decatur, Ga., woman helps clients straighten messy closets, tame stacks of paperwork, and bring order to their chaos. In the past 25 years, she’s also entered the homes of about a dozen people who could be

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  5. Going to Rehab

    If you can’t stop using alcohol or drugs, even when your use harms your health, job, or family, you may need to go to rehab.  That’s the common name for a drug rehabilitation center. It can be part of a hospital, or it can be a single facility, that offers intense care for addiction. Doctors, nurses

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  6. Is It Possible to Prevent Schizophrenia?

    Schizophrenia is a complex illness that may partly involve your genes. But other events in your life may also play a role. Scientists are edging closer to figuring out if there are ways to lower the risk of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia can sometimes run in families, but there isn't one specific gene

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  7. Helping Your Loved One Get Schizophrenia Treatment

    If your friend or relative with schizophrenia won't get treatment, there are steps you can take to help. First, listen to his concerns in an open-minded, supportive way. Then talk about how treatment will help. Explain that he has an illness and it's treatable. "You'd get treatment for diabetes or h

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  8. How to Overcome Obstacles in Your Life: Resilience

    Some people seem to be born with the ability to overcome setbacks with relative ease. It’s a trait that experts call resilience. People with resilience have a greater sense of control over their lives, says psychologist Robert Brooks, PhD. That makes them more willing to take risks. “Also, because o

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  9. Working With Schizophrenia

    You may think holding down a job is too much for someone with schizophrenia. But with treatment, many people can -- and should -- stay in the game. "People feel better about themselves if they're doing something productive," says Steven Jewell, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio

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  10. When Schizophrenia Appears

    People with schizophrenia can have a hard time telling what’s real and what’s not. They may see things that aren’t there or hold firm beliefs that fly in the face of fact. Understanding schizophrenia’s nature can help patients and their loved ones regain a sense of control. It's crucial to recognize

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