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  1. Work it Out: Dealing with a Difficult Boss

    You couldn't wait to get that job -- and now you can't wait to leave, thanks to your boss. It's a situation that is, unfortunately, commonplace. Nearly half of employees surveyed by the national administrative staffing firm Office Team say they've worked for an unreasonable boss. Maybe yours is a mi

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  2. Cat Litter Parasite May Raise Suicide Risk

    July 2, 2012 -- Women infected with a parasite found in dirty kitty litter, undercooked meat, and unwashed vegetables may be at higher risk for self-injury and suicide, a new study shows. In the study, published today in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers report that women infec

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  3. First-Time Teen Alcohol, Drug Use Peaks in Summer

    July 3, 2012 -- Teens are much more likely to try alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs for the first time during the summer months, according to a new survey. Researchers found first-time use of these substances, as well as marijuana and hallucinogens, peaks during June and July, with thousands more

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  4. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression

    June 27, 2012 -- Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of illnesses and conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to certain types of cancer. Now a small study of three women suggests that vitamin D deficiency and depression may travel together, and that filling up the "vitamin D tank" ma

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  5. Chronic Abuse of Prescription Drugs Skyrocketing

    June 25, 2012 -- Overdose deaths from prescription pain killers is rising, and a new report suggests it's not people looking for a quick fix, but long-term use that may be leading to the problem. A new CDC study shows the number of people who abused prescription pain killers for more than 200 days i

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  6. Eating Disorders in Women Over 50

    June 21, 2012 -- Eating disorders don't just strike teens. A new survey shows that middle-aged women binge, purge, and engage in extreme exercise and dieting about as often as adolescents do. "Strikingly, things are as bad in this age group as they are in the younger age groups. I was sort of gobsma

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  7. Depression Treatment by Phone

    June 5, 2012 -- People suffering major depression are more likely to get psychotherapy if it's offered by phone, Northwestern University researchers find. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression. Patient surveys show most would prefer psychotherapy to antidepressant drugs. Yet only a

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  8. Therapy for Depression

    Depression is a mental illness that can be debilitating without treatment. The Centers for Disease Control found one in 10 U.S. adults suffer from depression. Those most affected include women, people 45-64, those currently unemployed or unable to work, and people without health insurance coverage,

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  9. How to Manage Depression Triggers

    Some people can take the “good” along with the “bad” in life, and mostly let things roll off of their shoulders. Others, however, are not quite as resilient. For them, any stressful life event -- whether the loss of a loved one, a dramatic break-up, or a layoff -- can kick-start a downward spiral. I

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  10. Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Depression

    It sounds like good advice and it probably would help you feel better, but how are you expected to start exercising when you can barely get out of bed and take a shower each morning? When you are in the throes of depression, it’s hard to summon the energy to do just about anything, especially exerci

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