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  1. Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teen Problem

    You might think of anorexia and bulimia as adolescent disorders, but it's a problem plaguing adults, too. Anorexia, in which people have an intense fear of gaining weight and drastically restrict their food intake, cuts across ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. But it strikes mostly women: About 9

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  2. Is It Really Depression?

    This sad, hopeless feeling just can't go on. It's affecting your job, your life. It seems like depression. But could it be something more? Many people with depression also experience some degree of anxiety - anxiety that goes beyond the typical tension we experience when we face life's challenges. F

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  3. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Depression Symptoms

    Sadness. Irritability. Obsessive thoughts. Extreme moods. The symptoms of depression, anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder often seem the same. It's not always easy for doctors to determine which mood disorder, or combination, a patient has. Here are some questions that will help both you and your

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  4. Coping With Anxiety

    Divorce, layoffs, threat of terrorism -- there's plenty of anxiety around for everyone these days. And very often, the source is something we can't change. How do you know when it's time to get help dealing with your anxieties? To better understand the underpinnings of anxiety -- and how to better c

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  5. Depression and Divorce

    The 20-something couple, married just a few years, was eagerly looking forward to the birth of their first baby. Labor and delivery went fine, and the baby was born healthy. But problems began when the new mom, overwhelmed by motherhood, suffered depression. "The husband had to take care of everythi

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  6. When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do

    There's no graceful way out: Your best friend's getting married. Your boss says the holiday party is mandatory. Your mom expects you to play Santa on Christmas, like always. But now that you're sober, you're nervous about social functions where everyone will be drinking and expecting you to follow s

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  7. Midlife Crisis: Transition or Depression?

    What's a midlife crisis? It's the stuff of jokes and stereotypes -- the time in life when you do outrageous, impractical things like quit a job impulsively, buy a red sports car, or dump your spouse. For years, midlife crisis conjured those images. But these days, the old midlife crisis is more like

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  8. Is Hypochondria Stressing Your Marriage?

    Sometimes recognizing hypochondria takes a little time. It wasn't until Rebecca Serrano (not her real name) had been married for a full year that she realized her new husband had a problem. Once, he was convinced he had testicular cancer -- but he wouldn't go to the doctor. Another time, when he got

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  9. Traveling With Holiday Depression

    Are you traveling for the holidays? Ready for all the family gatherings, old friends, Mom's cake, the white and drifting snow? It may depend on what happens to your mood when holidays approach. In fact, if you get depressed around the holidays, travel can seem more like a nightmare than a vacation.

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  10. Postpartum Depression: More Common Than You Know

    Tina Merritt, now 39, of Virginia Beach, Va., had heard of postpartum depression when she was pregnant seven years ago. But when she gave birth to her son, Graham, she expected nothing but joy as she and her husband welcomed the baby boy who would be the first grandchild on both sides of their famil

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