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Your family may not be storybook, but you can cheer up the house by breaking bread, finding fun, and following a few proven plotlines.

When I was a child, I loved the All-of-a-Kind Family books. Five sisters sharing a bedroom in a small New York apartment at the turn of the last century—what could be more fun? To me, growing up in the suburbs with an older brother with whom I was never very close, and with parents who were active in numerous clubs and organizations that often kept them out of the house, the idea of a large family doing things together was extremely appealing. I envied even a housecleaning scene in which the girls' mother hid buttons for them to find as they dusted the living room. Everything was tackled with team spirit, and so everything—even the chores—seemed like play. The family possessed an infectious energy that you couldn't help but absorb through the books' pages. Simply put, they were happy.

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 As the Summer of 2010 is quickly coming to an end, the thoughts of returning to school begin to surface. For some teens, going back to school is exciting. You get to see old friends, make new ones, compare and discuss vacations and other summer experiences. To others, the thought of returning to school is a dreaded one. This is especially true for the teen who struggles academically. Besides, a lot of people move during the summer or go off to college or the military. Saying goodbye to friends is hard and marked with sadness. And anxiety runs high for those going to middle or high school for the first time. No matter whether they're ready or not for the beginning of school one thing's for certain - summer's a season for change.

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There was a time when “mid-life crisis” was simply (though sadly and inaccurately) typified through divorce, a shiny red sports car, or career change. These stereotypes allowed us to distance ourselves from the real pain of those we know in midlife; we laughed and made jokes about older people trying to live out fantasies of being young. Especially as women, we took part in chastising those men who traded in their older wives for a “younger model.” 

Yet, adjustment problems in midlife are no laughing matter. Middle-aged adults have the highest suicide rates in the country for the second year in a row, a recent New York Times article reports. While suicide rates have historically been the highest in very elderly men (those over 80), the New York Times article reports that rates of suicide in men ages 45-54 are now the most common group to take control of their life and death in this way.



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Natural Depression Treatments

15 ways to help treat depression naturally.

While therapy and medication are key in controlling depression, there’s also a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Making changes to your own behavior -- your physical activity, diet, and lifestyle -- can be effective natural depression treatments.

 “Lifestyle changes are a very important part of treatment,” says Ian A. Cook, MD, director of the Depression Research Program at the University of California Los Angeles.

On their own, Cook says, natural depression treatments can beat back milder forms of disease. For more severe depression, they can complement other approaches. When medication and therapy aren’t enough, treating depression naturally through lifestyle can help push people toward full recovery.

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Better Sleep

Depression can rob you of rest by making it hard to fall asleep or by waking you up too soon. That leaves you dragging the next day. And more important, lack of sleep can make depression more severe. Treatment for depression can help improve sleep.

Better Sleep

Depression can rob you of rest by making it hard to fall asleep or by waking you up too soon. That leaves you dragging the next day. And more important, lack of sleep can make depression more severe. Treatment for depression can help improve sleep.

Better Love Life

Some antidepressants may dampen the libido. But often, the bigger roadblock to a happy love life is depression itself. One study showed that 70% of people with depression reported a loss of sexual interest while not taking medicine. Treatment may help restore your self-confidence and strengthen your emotional connection with your partner.



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Depression: Finding a Doctor or Therapist




 

To get better, you need expert help. Many people with depression have a team working with them. This might include your regular health care provider, a psychologist or therapist, and a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse.

In fact, studies show that combination treatment – antidepressants and talk therapy – is the most effective way to treat depression. But getting the right people may seem intimidating. Here are some answers to common questions about finding a doctor and psychologist or therapist. Below these questions, you’ll find a list of tips for how to prepare for your first appointment,

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