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  • Moving Beyond “Why Me?” in Cancer
    17 May 2016

    If you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer or any other cancer, you may be experiencing a wide variety of emotions: fear, anger, sadness, guilt, helplessness, and anxiety. You […]

  • Learning More About Obesity
    17 May 2016

    Obesity is one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most troubling health problems. Unless you act to address the emotions behind why you overeat, you could be facing long-term problems. Obesity […]

  • A Brief Overview of Traumatic Stress
    17 May 2016

    People who experience or witness horrible events such as school shootings, combat, rape, torture, natural disasters, accidents or other things in which their physical safety and life — or the […]

  • More Tips for Coping with Stress
    17 May 2016

    Most people have felt stress at one point in their lives. Sometimes it’s brief and highly situational, like being in heavy traffic. Other times, it’s more persistent and complex — […]

  • Resilience and Disease
    17 May 2016

    The news about SARS and other contagious diseases can be frightening. Reports focusing on the most sensational aspects of SARS and other contagious diseases have escalated people’s anxiety, and it […]

  • 10 Tips to Build Resilience in Teens and Young Adults
    17 May 2016

    The ads make it look so easy to be a teen — everyone seems to be laughing, hanging out with friends, wearing exactly the right clothes. But if you’re a […]

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Sexuality
    17 May 2016

    Sexual orientation is an enduring emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional attraction toward others. It is easily distinguished from other components of sexuality including biological sex, gender identity (the psychological sense […]

  • 6 Myths About Stress
    17 May 2016

    Stress is a part of our lives and there’s no getting around it. But as much as we all live with it, many of us misunderstand some of the basics […]

  • Take Control of Your Anger
    17 May 2016

    Everybody gets angry, but out-of-control rage isn’t good for those around you, and it plays havoc with your own body. Here are some tips to help you ‘simmer down.’ Relaxation […]

  • Types of Stress
    17 May 2016

    Stress management can be complicated and confusing because there are different types of stress — acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress — each with its own characteristics, symptoms, […]

  • What is Resilience?
    17 May 2016

    Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health […]

  • 10 Tips to Build Resilience
    17 May 2016

    1. Make connections. Good relationships with close family members, friends, or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens […]

  • A Brief Overview of Alcoholism
    17 May 2016

    For many people, drinking alcohol is nothing more than a pleasant way to relax. However, people with alcohol use disorders drink to excess, endangering both themselves and others. This question-and-answer […]

  • Teaching Your Kids to Care
    17 May 2016

    In a world where violence and cruelty seem to be common and almost acceptable, many parents wonder what they can do to help their children to become kinder and gentler […]

  • Tips for Managing Anger
    17 May 2016

    The instinctive, natural way to express anger is to respond aggressively. Anger is a natural, adaptive response to threats; it inspires powerful, often aggressive, feelings and behaviors, which allow us […]

  • Emotionally Prepare for a Hurricane
    17 May 2016

    Preparing for and anticipating the arrival of a large-scale hurricane can be distressing for people living in the hurricane’s path. There may be uncertainty ahead about your living arrangements, work […]

  • Managing Stress After a Hurricane
    17 May 2016

    It is common for people to experience very strong emotional reactions with the arrival of a hurricane and its accompanying damage to homes and community infrastructures. If you are experiencing […]

  • Coping with Job Stress
    17 May 2016

    Jobs and careers are an important part of our lives. Along with providing a source of income, they help us fulfill our personal aims, build social networks, and serve our […]

  • Healthy Living to Prevent Heart Disease
    17 May 2016

    You might think heart disease is linked only with physical activities — a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, and excessive drinking. While these habits do heighten the risk of […]

  • Anxiety Disorders: The Role of Psychotherapy in Effective Treatment
    17 May 2016

    Everyone feels anxious and under stress from time to time. Situations such as meeting tight deadlines, important social obligations or driving in heavy traffic, often bring about anxious feelings. Such […]

  • Ask HR About Mental Health Coverage
    17 May 2016

    You often don’t discover what your managed care plan or health insurance plan covers until you need services. This is especially true for mental health care and substance abuse treatment. […]

  • Being Supermom Stressing You Out?
    17 May 2016

    Mothers are the world’s best jugglers: family, work, money—they seem to do it all. However, all that responsibility can often leave moms feeling overstretched and stressed out. According to a […]

  • How Your Mind Can Help Your Body with Breast Cancer
    17 May 2016

    Each year 185,000 women in this country learn that they have breast cancer. Because less than a quarter of them have genetic or other known risk factors, the diagnosis often […]

  • Coping with Chronic Illness
    17 May 2016

    There are many types of chronic illness, from diabetes and AIDS to arthritis and persistent fatigue. While medical science has made great strides in developing effective treatments for the physical […]

  • Controlling Anger Before It Controls You
    17 May 2016

    We all know what anger is, and we’ve all felt it, whether as fleeting annoyance or as full-fledged rage. Anger is a completely normal, and usually healthy, human emotion. But […]

  • More Coping with Holiday Stress Tips
    17 May 2016

    The holidays can be fun, but they also can be a source of great stress — and no wonder. The holidays are often depicted as a magical time when people […]

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Serious Illness
    17 May 2016

    People often have questions about serious illness and what can be done to help a person emotionally when they are coping with a serious medical condition. Here are some answers. […]

  • Coping with the Death of a Coworker
    17 May 2016

    Our co-workers are very much like an extended family. We spend most of our waking hours with them, forging special bonds of trust and friendship that are unlike our other […]

  • A Brief Overview of Eating Disorders
    17 May 2016

    In a society that continues to prize thinness even as Americans become heavier than ever before, almost everyone worries about their weight at least occasionally. People with eating disorders take […]

  • Caring for an Elder Parent
    17 May 2016

    A combination of trends is sparking heightened interest in generational issues. For one thing, people are simply living longer due to advances in medicine and preventive health. It’s more common […]

  • Exercise Helps Keep Stress at Bay
    17 May 2016

    Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress, according to research into the effect of exercise on neurochemicals involved in the body’s stress response. Preliminary […]

  • How Does Stress Affect Us?
    17 May 2016

    The subject of stress has become a favorite subject of everyday conversation. It is not unusual to hear ourselves talk with friends, coworkers, and family members about the difficulty we […]

  • How Psychotherapy Helps People Recover From Depression
    17 May 2016

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 18.8 million adult Americans suffer from depression during any one-year period. Many do not even recognize that they have a […]

  • How to Help Someone Suffering from a Chronic Illness
    17 May 2016

    If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening disease, you may feel desperate and completely helpless. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Research has shown […]

  • Dealing with Stress
    17 May 2016

    What is causing people the most stress? A recent survey by the American Psychological Association said the following issues are the top vote getters: 63% of those surveyed said money […]

  • When You’re Not in the Path of a Hurricane
    17 May 2016

    Even if you were not directly affected by the hurricanes, you may experience a sense of vulnerability from witnessing the results of the disaster. This can be especially acute if […]