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  1. Am I Bipolar?

    No one's mood is stable 100% of the time. It's normal to feel down when you hit a rough patch and elated when life goes your way. But if you have bipolar disorder, the highs and lows are a lot more extreme, and they can sometimes seem random. The good news is that with treatment and some hard work,

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  2. Guys Get Eating Disorders, Too

    Binging, purging, yo-yo dieting, anorexia. Think these are girl problems? Not so fast. "Recent data suggest that one in four people with an eating disorder is male," says Lazaro Zayas, MD. He's a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. But because of a long-held belief that bulimia and anore

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  3. What ‘Am I Crazy?’ Really Means

    Have you found yourself typing “Am I crazy?” into Google or asking Siri? You probably got back a patchwork of results, from online “sanity tests” to mental health forums. Fortunately, most people who do such searches aren’t actually going “crazy,” as in developing delusions, paranoia, or hallucinati

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  4. Are You a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

    The classic picture of an alcoholic is someone who always drinks too much too often and whose life is falling apart because of it. But not all problem drinking fits that mold. Some people seem to be just fine while they abuse alcohol. Experts call these people “functional alcoholics” or “high-functi

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  5. 10 Natural Depression Treatments

    Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You're not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there's a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior -- your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking -- are all natural depression treatments. These tips can

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  6. Is It Time for a Mental Health Checkup?

    You may go to the doctor to get regular checkups of your body, but what about your mind? Everyone deals with tough times, but even happy events like a new job, a marriage, or a new baby can add stress. How do you know when stress starts taking a toll on your mental health? If you have any of these f

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  7. How to Stop a Binge Before It Happens

    For someone with binge-eating disorder, the urge to overeat can be overwhelming. And while the first few bites can sometimes feel good, shame, guilt, and regret can quickly follow. But it’s possible to stop a binge before it starts, or even once it’s begun. Follow a regular meal plan. “The most impo

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  8. What to Do After a Binge

    If you have binge eating disorder, you know you can't really take back an over-indulgence. But there are ways to react to a binge that can actually help you prevent the next one, experts say. Learn from your binge, says Doug Bunnell, PhD, former president of the National Eating Disorders Association

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  9. 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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  10. 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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