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Learning to Say “No” in the New Year

As a young child, it was easy to tell someone “no.” If you didn’t want to eat your vegetables you would say so. If someone you didn’t care for asked for a favor, “no” was an effortless response. If you couldn’t take your friend up on their invitation to meet up after school “no” replaced […]

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Depression: Coping With Anxiety Symptoms   Depression and anxiety often go together. — Depression and anxiety might seem like opposites. We think: Depression saps you of energy; anxiety makes you keyed up and afraid. Depression makes it near impossible to get out of bed; anxiety leaves you sleepless, pacing all night.But the truth is not […]

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  Post-Holiday Letdown Can Be Avoided   A Healthy Diet Plus Exercise Can Beat Post Holiday Blues, Experts say     — Eating a balanced diet and staying active are key to beating the blues this holiday season, say mental health experts. “I see more cases of depression in January than any other time of […]

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Why People Continue Eating When Full   They say never to go grocery shopping or a restaurant while on an empty stomach. You’ll buy more than you intended, and you’ll buy more unhealthy food too.New research now helps explain why hunger makes food look more tempting. Prior research studies have suggested that the so-called hunger […]

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Could Acetaminophen Ease Psychological Pain? Tylenol Just May Be The Answer   Headaches and heartaches. Broken bones and broken spirits. Hurting bodies and hurt feelings. We often use the same words to describe physical and mental pain. Over-the-counter pain relieving drugs have long been used to alleviate physical pain, while a host of other medications […]

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Healthy Minds    If you paint, dance or play a musical instrument — or just enjoy going to the theatre or to concerts — it’s likely that you feel healthier and are less depressed than people who don’t, a survey of nearly 50,000 individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds from a county in mid-Norway shows. The […]

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 Personality Change May Occur With Antidepressants While Relieving Symptoms   CHICAGO, Dec. 2009—Individuals taking a medication to treat depression may experience changes in their personality separate from the alleviation of depressive symptoms, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Two personality traits, neuroticism and […]

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The Grinch Likely Suffers From Lack Of Love, Joy and is Depressed   Tuesday, December 8, 2009 — Being irritable, grumpy and seeking social isolation are also hallmarks of depression, and could explain the Grinch’s disdain for the Who – the tall and the small – his mistreatment of his dog Max and, ultimately, why […]

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Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars. Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and […]

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