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  1. Many Emotions Can Damage the Heart

    Volatile emotions like anger and hostility are bad for heart health. But studies have shown that some of the quieter emotions can be just as toxic and damaging. "Study after study has shown that people who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated are many times more likely to get sick and die prematurel

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  2. Out of the Blue

    Brooke Shields seemingly has it all -- happy marriage, celebrated beauty, critical applause, world fame. Yet, after her child was born, she fought the "mother lode" of emotional battles: a crippling bout with postpartum depression. After giving birth two years ago, actress/model/icon Brooke Shields

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  3. Serving Size: How to Avoid Portion Distortion

    Learn how to keep your serving sizes modest.

  4. Denying Health Issues Can Be Deadly

    Denial can be deadly. This is particularly true when it comes to health issues. Many of us can envision friends, family, or spouses who, for no good reason, kick and scream at the thought of seeing the doctor, even for a physical. Wait a minute. No good reason? "Deniers" have plenty of "good" reason

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  5. Gambling Wave Sets Stage for Addiction

    For Christmas this year, Austin Fox, age 13, got exactly what he asked Santa for -- a tabletop casino-style poker set. Like growing numbers of children and adults, the Philadelphia youth has been seduced by the lure of poker. In fact, Austin plays poker about three times a month. His mother, Susan H

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  6. Foods That Fight Winter Depression

    The winter blues can leave you not only feeling down in the dumps, but they can also send you rummaging for sweets. Don't get caught up in this vicious cycle. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that affects 25 million Americans, mostly women. Much research has been done on

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  7. Kids and Antidepressants: A Growing Problem

    On Feb. 2, 2004, Mark Miller of Overland, Kan., spoke at a public forum in the nation's capital, uttering words that no parent should ever have to speak: "This is important for you to know," he told an FDA advisory committee. "Matt hung himself from a bedroom closet hook, barely higher than he was t

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  8. Coming Out About Mental Illness

    Getting a diagnosis for depression -- or any mental illness -- is no easy task, but getting validation and treatment can be a great relief. The hard part for many people is telling family, friends, and other loved ones about the diagnosis, given the prevalence of stigma and ignorance in regards to m

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  9. Shopping Spree, or Addiction?

    From hitting the mall with your girlfriends on a Saturday afternoon, to holiday spending on gifts that go under the tree, shopping could be called one of America's favorite pastimes. For most people, it means some new clothes for work or a small trinket for a friend. For others, however, shopping is

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  10. Winter Darkness, Season Depression

    A wistful feeling comes over us in late autumn, as the last remaining leaves drop, morning frosts cover the ground, and the sun sets earlier each day. Hot cider and the warmth of a favorite old coat may be all you need to face the coming winter with good cheer, but for many people, fall melancholy d

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