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    Understanding drug addiction and recognizing it in yourself or others.

    Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. When you’re addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the…
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    Recognizing and addressing a loved one’s alcohol abuse.

    Alcohol, while often socially acceptable and legal for those over the age of 21, can turn into a problem for some. In fact, alcohol abuse affects millions of Americans each year. And according to the World Health Organization, approximately 3 million people worldwide die each year due to alcohol use.
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    Is someone you care about abusing opioids?

    Prescription opioids are used to help relieve moderate to severe pain and are often prescribed following a surgery or injury. People who take these drugs as prescribed rarely abuse them or become addicted. However, taking them not as prescribed or for an extended period of time…
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    “I’m happy to be a new mom. But why am I feeling so sad?”

    Whether it’s your first or third, the birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. Many of these emotions are caused by physical changes including changes in hormones, interrupted (and lack of) sleep and a change in diet and…
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    Recognizing the common signs of an addictive personality.

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    Most people have healthy passions, whether it’s discovering and playing a new video game or exercising. It’s part of what can keep life meaningful, fun and interesting. But in some cases these passions, interests or hobbies can take over and have an unhealthy toll on one’s daily life. While some…
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    9 tips for coping with an anxiety disorder

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    Feeling situationally nervous (you’re about to take the stage) or having occasional feelings of anxiety is a normal part of life. However, having frequent and excessive anxiety, fear, terror or panic in everyday situations is not normal. These feelings are unhealthy and can affect…
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    Understanding the issues surrounding depression in men

    Many factors in our society have trained men to hide their emotions and try to tough out any feelings of sadness. Unfortunately, that approach couldn’t be more unhealthy when it comes to male depression. It’s a serious medical condition and it’s important to learn the signs—and what actions to…
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    Building self-esteem is an important part of self-care

    When you have low self-esteem, it can have negative effects on virtually every aspect of life, including your relationships, job and health. Boosting your self-esteem takes work and probably won’t happen overnight, but mental health counseling can often have a very positive impact on how you…
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    Managing your mental health: when is it time to get help?

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    Have you ever felt nervous about giving a speech in public or anxious about meeting a new group of people? It’s easy to wonder whether these symptoms are signs of a more serious mental health disorder, or a run-of-the-mill case of the nerves. The truth is, the differences can be…
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    Understanding how depression effects teens and adults differently

    Marcie L. Billings, M.D.,
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    Whether you’re 13, or 30, anyone can be affected by clinical depression. However, depending on your age, the symptoms aren’t the same for everyone. “It’s a very real diagnosis, and it’s different in adults and kids,” says Dr. Marcie Billings, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician. A typical adult symptom may…
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    What to do with 5 free minutes

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    What can you really get done in five free minutes? Turns out, it’s a lot, say Mayo Clinic experts, even when it’s taking a moment to do nothing at all.
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    Tips for helping children deal with stress

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    The last few years caused families everywhere to learn to live with new kinds of stress. The COVID-19 pandemic created an unpredictable roller coaster of emotions most of us have never experienced, which makes now an important moment to pay attention to how our kids are dealing with stress. Spotting…
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    Building healthy habits with stress management techniques

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    Humans are hard-wired to react to stress in ways originally meant to protect us against threats like predators or other dangerous situations. Thankfully, these days most of us don’t have to worry about dangerous animals. However, the world is still full of stressful situations that impact our bodies…
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    Understanding bipolar disorder

    Jenny Radack,
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    Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs and lows. The main difference between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2 is in the nature of the highs, called manic episodes. In both bipolar 1 and bipolar 2, manic episodes may include increased activity, energy…
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    Understanding self-injury in teens

    Jenny Radack,
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    While parents may suspect signs of self-injury: wearing long sleeves when it’s hot out; frequent reports of accidental injury; being sensitive, moody or getting angry very quickly; many struggle to understand it. Self-injury typically is not meant as a suicide attempt. Instead, the act of deliberately harming one’s own body…
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    Getting to the root cause of sleepless nights

    Jarrett Richardson, M.D.,
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    Many things can keep us up at night or interrupt our sleep — from something as simple as drinking caffeine too late in the day to worries or stress about a loved one. While a restless night here or there is normal, getting a good night’s sleep has many impacts…
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    Treating the emotional side of cancer

    Jenny Radack,
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    While cancer is a physical condition with unique physical health needs, cancer also brings with it very real emotional and mental health needs. From dealing with the stress of a diagnosis to focusing on self-care during treatment or accessing financial resources — cancer treatment can feel overwhelming. Clinical social workers…
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    Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Jenny Radack,
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    Is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) considered depression? If so, should I be treated for it year-round even though it comes and goes? Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that primarily affects people during the fall and winter months when there is less daylight, particularly in locations…
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    Tips to beat holiday depression

    Jason Howland,
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    The holiday season can invite unwelcome guests into your life, such as loneliness, money problems, family demands and unrealistic expectations. The stress and anxiety that accompany those issues can lead to sadness and depression. But Debbie Fuehrer, a clinical counselor at Mayo Clinic, has some tips to take back your holiday happiness.
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    Researching health info online

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    Wondering what online health information you can trust? Mayo Clinic experts share tips on how to focus your searches on dependable sources. Video: Mayo Clinic experts on researching health info online Relevant reading Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Fifth Edition Shop Now…
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    Dangers of mixing antidepressants and alcohol

    Dr. Daniel K. Hall-Flavin,
    Jenny Radack,
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    Can you drink alcohol while taking antidepressants? Answer From Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. Can you drink alcohol while taking antidepressants? It’s recommended to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol. Drinking while taking antidepressants may worsen your symptoms, and in some cases can be dangerous. Combining the two may cause the following: An…
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    Mental health and the holidays: Resilience

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    Q: People who are grateful seem to appreciate life and be much happier, regardless of their external circumstances. This time of year, and after what we’ve all endured during the COVID-19 pandemic, practicing gratitude seems especially important and especially difficult. What’s your advice on how to practice gratitude? A: It…
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    Tips for taking control of the holidays (so they don’t take control of you)

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      While the holiday season can be filled with joy and wonderful moments with family and friends, for many it often also brings unwanted guests — stress and anxiety. A long list of to-do’s and demands on our time, finances and expectations can all add up. Not to mention managing…
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    The pros and cons of social media on mental health

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    Social media as well as smartphone technology has touched almost all areas of our lives. We order groceries online, video chat with our relatives and stream movies. But it’s also impacting the way we discuss, approach and treat mental health. Craig Sawchuk, Ph.D., L.P., a clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic,…
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    Mayo Clinic explores: Supporting someone with depression

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    Once you understand that depression isn’t something your loved one can easily manage without help, it may be more possible for you to offer support and care. Here are some ways you can help: Express your concern. Acknowledge the person’s pain without implying that you know how they feel. Listen…
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    Mayo Clinic explores: The mental health toll of family estrangement

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    Although not everyone is as public as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Royals are not the only family experiencing a possible rift. More than one-quarter of American adults have cut off contact with a family member, according to a recent large-scale national survey. Family estrangement is a suspension of…
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    Mayo Clinic explores: The role of massage therapy for mental health

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    If you’re experiencing tension, stress or pain, a little bit of touch may be just what you need. Massage — a general term for pressing, rubbing, and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments — has been used for thousands of years in many cultures to heal, soothe, and relieve…
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    Mayo Clinic explores: The Stigma of Mental Health in Communities of Color

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    Since 2012, Pastor Walter Lanier has led the MIRACLE (Mental Illness Raising Awareness with Church & Community Leaders Everywhere) initiative in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in the basement of Lanier’s church, MIRACLE creates comfortable spaces for discussion of mental illness in primarily Black churches. The group grew out of a concern…