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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 harm it causes.
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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 increases the risk…
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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.

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    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 your quality of…
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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 feel about yourself.
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    Managing your mental health: when is it time to get help?

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    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

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    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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