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    • Adopting a Pet--Cats and Dogs

      If you've been thinking about adding a cuddly new cat or dog to your household, take some time to think about what type of pet will best suit you, your family and your lifestyle.

    • Alcohol and Older Adults

      Many older adults enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a beer while watching the game on TV. In fact, half of Americans ages 65 and older drink alcohol. Having a drink now and then is fine—as long as you don’t overdo it.

    • Alcohol and Your Heart

      Alcohol may have some health benefits, including lowering the risk for heart disease, but it may also lead to abusive drinking and other diseases.

    • Alcohol Use Among Teens Is Epidemic

      The leading substance-abuse threat to children may be as close as your refrigerator. About 10 million adolescents drink alcohol. In fact, minors drink 19 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States.

    • All About LSD

      LSD, also called acid, is one of the most commonly used hallucinogens or psychedelic drugs.

    • Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous

      Some treatment programs teach problem drinkers to reduce their drinking. This approach appeals to people who otherwise might not seek treatment.

    • An Rx for RV Living

      More than a million people have pulled up roots and hit the road full time in recreational vehicles (RVs). If you're thinking of joining them, be sure to consider your health.

    • Anger Can Raise Cholesterol Levels

      There's evidence that people who respond rigidly to anger-provoking events are likely to wind up with significantly elevated levels of heart-damaging cholesterol.

    • Answers to Your Questions About Codependency

      Codependency is an emotional and behavioral condition. It affects a person’s ability to have healthy, mutually satisfying relationships.

    • Anxiety Disorder: When the Worrying Is Constant

      People with generalized anxiety disorder worry about their finances, their health, their jobs, world events, and the future. Their worry is often out of proportion to reality.

    • Are You a Compulsive Shopper?

      Compulsive shoppers generally are people prone toward low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, as well as fantasizing, perfectionism and lack of sufficient social contacts, one expert says.

    • Baby Blues: Mood Swings or More Serious?

      For many women, the "baby blues" pass quickly. For others, the feelings of sadness don't ease and may become worse.

    • Balancing Work and Home

      To keep the scales of work and life balanced, you must be organized. This means you must not only organize your stuff, but also your time.

    • Binge Drinking Dangers for Young People

      Binge drinkers are most likely found on college campuses, where many students consider a big game or fraternity party an excuse to drink all weekend.

    • Boosting Your Mental Health

      Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that can challenge our emotional well being.

    • Break the Cycle of Repeated Accidents
    • Break Through the Alcoholic's Psychological Defenses

      The most important thing that friends and family can do for an alcoholic is to stop enabling the addictive behavior.

    • Breaking the Habit: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

      The symptoms of OCD vary widely from person to person. Without treatment, OCD can last for a lifetime.

    • Breaking Yourself Out of a Rut

      A routine isn't necessarily bad; it can be comforting because it adds structure to your life and it isn't stressful. But dissatisfaction may start to gnaw at you and erode your self-esteem if you believe you want something more in your life.

    • Bullies Go High-Tech

      You can now add bullying to the list of things made easier by technology. Bullies use e-mail, instant messaging, and text messaging on cell phones to reach victims.

    • Bullies: Helping Your Child Cope

      Bullying can happen in school, on the playground—and now even on the Internet through social networking sites. Here are some warning signs to watch for, and information on how to help your child.

    • Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?

      A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.

    • Caregivers Need to Care for Themselves

      More than 22 million Americans are involved in some form of helping elderly family members or friends with their daily routines. If you're part of this group, whether you call yourself a caregiver, or simply a good daughter or son, you know that caring for an aging parent or friend has its rewards and its trials.

    • Caring for the Caregiver

      Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be adult children, spouses, siblings, friends or neighbors, who help with daily activities such as bathing, feeding and clothing.

    • Close the Door on Intimate Partner Violence

      CDC defines intimate partner violence as actual or threatened physical or sexual violence, or psychological and emotional abuse, directed at a spouse, former spouse, current or former boyfriend or girlfriend, or dating partner.

    • Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From Smoking

      Many teenagers still think smoking is cool. Here are some tools to help parents stay diligent in keeping their kids from smoking.

    • Coping with Miscarriage

      A pregnancy ended by miscarriage can be a traumatic loss. Unfortunately, it’s one that many women experience. Knowing how to deal with your feelings and find support can help you cope during this difficult time.

    • Could Your Child Have a Drug Problem?

      Before assuming your child is taking drugs, find out if something else may be causing him or her to behave unusually.

    • Creating a Positive Body-Image

      Does something about your body bug you? Maybe you believe you'd be happier if only you were thinner, taller, shorter, more muscular -- whatever.

    • Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging

      In general, only about 3% of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20% to 30% of people in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or diabetes.

    • Doing Your Part to Help Prevent Drunken Driving

      Just about everybody loves a party. But if your party menu includes alcohol, be a smart host and insist that your guests to play it safe on the way home.

    • Don't Swallow Your Emotions
    • Easy Ways to Remember to Take Your Medications

      If you have more than two medications to manage, consider getting a pill organizer -- a special container marked with the days of the week. Besides housing multiple medications, a compartmentalized organizer can be useful for keeping track of the medications you've taken.

    • Emotional Eating: How to Cope

      Emotional eating affects most everyone from time to time, but regularly letting your feelings guide your food intake can affect your health.

    • Emotions and Cardiac Health

      Recent research shows a clear link between heart disease and certain stress-related emotions.

    • End-of-Life Concerns for Cancer Patients

      How you choose to live out and prepare for the end of your life, are choices that you are able to make, to make this time as meaningful as possible.

    • End-of-Life Planning

      For many people, end-of-life planning brings peace of mind and a sense of control. It also takes the burden off loved ones, because they don’t have to guess what you would want.

    • Everyday Ways to Activate Your Life

      Moderately intense activities such as walking briskly from your parked car to the mall entrance, won't help you train for a sport. But they can help you achieve and maintain a healthful weight and improve your overall fitness level.

    • Figure on These Factors When Drinking Alcohol

      If you drink, you most likely want to drink reasonably and responsibly. But what are the factors that can help you keep a check on your blood-alcohol content so you don't embarrass yourself or, worse, hurt yourself or others?

    • Finding Support for Emotional Issues

      How do you know when your emotions are of the everyday sort, or when you could benefit from seeing a therapist?

    • Finding the Right Rehab Program for Substance Abuse

      Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are chronic diseases that can be treated as successfully as many other chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes.

    • Five Steps to Better Memory

      Aging can make it harder to remember some things. But by focusing on your potential and continuing to exercise your mind, you may be able to boost your memory power. Here are some strategies.

    • For Men: Health Care Providers Are Good for Your Health

      Men are missing opportunities to detect and address medical problems in their early stages, when many conditions are more treatable and less threatening to overall health.

    • For Seniors: How to Prevent Falls

      As you age, your risk for falling increases. More than one-third of people ages 65 and older and half of those ages 75 and older fall each year. And many falls in older adults result in fractures and other severe injuries.

    • For Seniors: Is It More Than the Blues?

      Although anyone can suffer from depression, it is particularly common among older adults. Depression affects 15 out of every 100 adults older than 65.

    • For Seniors: Welcome to the World of the Web

      The Internet is a great way to stay connected. Older adults can use it to send messages, keep in touch with family, learn new things or be entertained.

    • Getting the Most from a Mental Health Support Group

      Mental health support groups offer support, understanding, and helpful information to people struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.

    • Goal Setting for Everyday Success

      Setting goals gives direction to your life. Without goals, you can drift and go nowhere.

    • Health Myths and Facts

      There are a number health myths where knowing the facts can make a world of difference to your health.

    • Health Risks of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

      It's important to understand how alcohol and drugs can affect your health and well being.

    • Help for the Holiday Blues

      The unrealistic expectations of the season, time and financial pressures, missing loved ones and reflecting on past events as the year comes to an end all contribute to the blues.

    • Help Your Kids Quit Smoking

      Every day, about 3,000 U.S. teenagers start smoking. If you're a parent of a young smoker, you can take steps to help the child quit. But first, it helps to understand why teens light up.

    • Helping a Friend With an Addiction

      When a friend shows signs of abusing alcohol or other drugs, it's hard to know what to do or say.

    • Helping an Unwilling Alcoholic

      You don't have to wait for someone to hit rock bottom to act. Here are steps to help an alcoholic get treatment.

    • Hospices Offer Comfort at Life's End

      As medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.

    • How Hobbies Help Your Health

      That hobby you've been toying with could be your prescription for a healthier, more satisfying life.

    • How to Control Your Temper

      At least some anger is necessary for survival. Frequent or intense episodes of anger, however, aren’t good for you or the people around you. If you find yourself boiling mad more often than not, try some of these tips to keep your temper in check.

    • How to Cut Down on Drinking

      It helps to understand why and when you drink if you are going to successfully reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.

    • How to Develop a 'Can-do' Personality

      What's the difference between a can-do and a won't-try person? It's usually a matter of bravery.

    • How to Help Teenagers With Addicted Parents

      Growing up is a tough challenge for most adolescents, but when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs, the obstacles can seem overwhelming.

    • How to Juggle Home Life and Work Life

      No matter how energetic you may be, stretching yourself to the limit every day puts your health and happiness at risk.

    • How to Lower Your Financial Stress

      Whether your credit card balances are soaring, or you and your partner are arguing constantly over nickels and dimes, there are things you can do to relieve financial stress.

    • How to Make Love Last Forever

      Keeping your primary relationship healthy, positive, supportive and together isn’t easy. But it can be done.

    • How to Quit Smoking, Again

      Fewer than a quarter of those who attempt to quit are able to make it beyond three months before resuming smoking. Here are suggestions to help you kick the habit, again, for good.

    • How You Can Avoid Aggressive Drivers
    • Hypothyroidism and Depression

      Chances are you know the difference between occasional sadness and depression. But here's a fact you may not know: Hypothyroidism, a common thyroid disorder, can cause depression.

    • Important Facts About Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Abuse

      Amphetamine abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Each year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration closes down hundreds of illegal laboratories producing these drugs.

    • In Support Groups, You Get (and Give) Help

      In a mutual support group, people just like you face similar ordeals and challenges.

    • Is Your Teen Abusing Drugs or Alcohol?

      Besides having trouble with school and relationships, teenagers taking drugs may display emotional extremes with irritability, anger and changes in sleep patterns.

    • It’s Never Too Late
    • It's Time for Boomers to Face the Facts

      Even though boomers are rewriting the script for aging, they can't stop the clock. Age brings many changes, and boomers must change with it.

    • Journaling for Mental Health
    • Keep Anxiety from Controlling Your Life

      Teaching yourself ways to relax can help settle anxiety before it starts to overwhelm you. Simple lifestyle habits can help you stay calm and in control when you feel the effects of stress.

    • Keep Your Brain Functioning

      If your brain gets too much or too little of what it needs, vital processes are disrupted. When things are out of sync in your brain, it can play havoc with your thoughts and emotions. Depriving your brain of sleep, for example, will impair your ability to concentrate and make decisions.

    • Keep Your Noggin Fit with Brain Exercise

      Active thinking pumps extra blood into your brain. Getting more blood to the brain is an important way to counteract the effects of aging.

    • Keeping Envy and Jealousy Under Control

      When someone gets a raise or a special perk, can you say congratulations and mean it? Or do you seethe inside and think, "That really should have been mine?"

    • Keeping Party Drinking Under Control

      The holidays can be enjoyed without drinking alcohol. But if you choose to drink, there are responsible ways to consume alcohol.

    • Keeping Your Anger Under Control

      Learning where your anger comes from and how to deal with it can help lead to a happier, more productive life.

    • Life After Loss: Walking the Path to Wholeness

      Whatever the nature of your loss, active grieving can help you get through the following months and years.

    • Maintaining Weight Once You've Quit Smoking

      Although people generally gain weight when they stop smoking, you can reduce your chances of adding extra pounds by taking steps to prevent it.

    • Make a Scrapbook for Your Grandkids

      If a grandchild is special to you, put your heart into showing it by creating a scrapbook.

    • Many Seniors Go Back to the Books

      No matter what you like to do, now is a great time to sign up for a class so that you can explore your interests. Many colleges and other educational organizations offer special discounts to older adults. Here are some ideas about how to get started.

    • Medications to Treat ADHD in Children

      Children who have ADHD are often given medication as part of their treatment plan. The type of medication most often chosen is a psychostimulant.

    • Men and Mental Illness

      Mental illness can cause different symptoms in men than in women, so some disorders in men may be harder to recognize. Men who are depressed, for example, may appear angry and irritable rather than sad and withdrawn.

    • Moving Beyond All-or-Nothing Thinking

      When you lapse from your goals, remind yourself of all you've learned and how much you've accomplished.

    • Nicotine Substitutes Can Help You Quit

      For many smokers, nicotine substitutes can ease withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and restlessness.

    • Now Is the Time to Get Moving

      As cold weather settles in for the season and the days grow ever shorter, it's tempting to put off any thoughts of becoming active.

    • Older Adults and the Importance of Social Interaction

      Research has shown that social interaction offers older adults many benefits. Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help you maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function.

    • On the Road in Retirement

      No matter where you travel, plan ahead for health care when you're on the road.

    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

      Children with ODD may refuse to follow commands or requests made by parents, teachers, or other adults.

    • Overcoming Anti-Gay Harassment

      Gay and lesbian teens are often targets of bullying, harassment, and aggression. Anti-gay bullying can range from verbal abuse, such as name-calling, to life-threatening physical assault.

    • Performance Anxiety Can Choke Up Athletes

      Anxiety can help focus and sharpen performance. For some athletes, however, the pressure of performing well takes its toll in the form of performance anxiety, which causes them to do less than their best.

    • Phobias Are Common, But Treatable

      Most of us worry or get nervous every now and then. But, for people with anxiety disorders, these feelings occur all too often, and they may be overwhelming.

    • Prescription Drug Addiction

      Three kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants.

    • Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

      While being a new Mom brings lots of joy, it also brings stress—something a crying baby can make worse. A better understanding of why your baby cries can help you deal with this stress in a healthy way and help you avoid the most common form of child abuse: Shaken baby syndrome.

    • Primer: Smokeless Tobacco

      Many people think using smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking. Just because there's no smoke, doesn't mean it's safe.

    • Primer: What You Need to Know About Ecstasy

      Ecstasy, or MDMA -- also called "Adam," "E," or "XTC" on the street -- is a synthetic, mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic and amphetamine-like properties.

    • Putting Disease Risk into Perspective

      The way we gauge the peril a given disorder poses is called risk perception.

    • Q and A: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

      Rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking or cleaning are often performed in hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness.

    • Quit One Step at a Time

      Saying good-bye to cigarettes for good can be difficult. To succeed, you need to make changes to your daily life. But, like the many others who have quit, you too can triumph.

    • Quit-Smoking Tools: Help for Kicking Your Habit

      As you probably already know, quitting smoking isn't easy. But, millions of other people have done it, and you can, too.

    • Raising Kids with Self-Esteem

      Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are far less likely to abuse drugs or drink, compared with children who grow up without much sense of self-worth.

    • Recognizing Domestic Violence

      Domestic violence is behavior someone uses to control a spouse, partner, date or elderly relative through fear and intimidation.

    • Remember This: Many Have Memory Lapses

      Unpredictable, frustrating and, at times, embarrassing memory lapses can be common. So if frequent bouts of forgetfulness are causing you stress and worry, take note: there is most likely a simple explanation.

    • Retired? It's Time to Join the Club

      Now that you've retired, what are you going to do with all that spare time?

    • Seniors Can Maximize Happiness by Minimizing Clutter

      It's tough to enjoy the golden years among bundles of old newspapers, stacks of store receipts and collections of used margarine tubs. You're also at higher risk for falls and fires.

    • Sexual Harassment's Emotional Toll

      According to researchers at the American Psychological Association, nearly 50 percent of American working women will experience on-the-job sexual harassment at some point in their careers.

    • Should Tattoos Be Taboo?

      People who are thinking about getting a tattoo should slow down and think twice.

    • Smart Shopping for Women
    • Smoking Adds Another Wrinkle to Aging

      Everybody knows smoking is bad for your health. Now here's something you may not know: Smoking is bad for your looks. It's true.

    • Smoking: Truth and Consequences

      When you smoke, toxins are carried by your blood to every organ in your body. At the same time, the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke keeps red blood cells from carrying as much oxygen as normal.

    • Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking

      Alcohol is considered a drug because it depresses the central nervous system and can disrupt mental and motor skills, as well as damage internal organs when used excessively.

    • Some New Information on Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)

      Like cancer or heart disease, alcoholism is a primary chronic disease with its own symptoms and causes. The disease is progressive and often fatal if not treated.

    • Sports and Music: Both Good for Kids

      Organized sports for children offer obvious benefits such as physical fitness and sportsmanship, but did you know that a musical education program has many of the same benefits? Music education and participation in sports are both great ways to prepare your child for future success.

    • Stages of Substance Abuse

      People who become addicted to drugs or alcohol typically go through predictable stages of abuse. Understanding these stages can help you recognize a problem and seek help before substance use becomes an addiction.

    • Start Some Healthy Holiday Traditions
    • Stress and Older Adults

      Studies show that long-term stress can damage brain cells, leading to depression. Depression is one of the most dangerous effects of stress in older people.

    • Sunny Self-Talk: Seeing Through the Storm

      How you view any situation has a lot to do with how you feel.

    • Tai Chi: Exercise for Mind and Body

      Tai chi is called a mind-body type of exercise because it combines meditation, focused breathing, and physical movement. Because it’s also a low-impact exercise, it may be particularly well suited for older adults, but it’s a beneficial exercise for people of all ages.

    • Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship

      Good sportsmanship is one of the life lessons that children can learn from sports. Its hallmarks include being able to win without gloating, respecting one’s opponents, and being able to lose gracefully.

    • Techniques for Taming Tantrums

      Preventing a tantrum is much easier than stopping one. Here are ideas on how to do that.

    • Teen Suicide: Learning to Recognize the Warning Signs

      More than 70 percent of teens who attempt or commit suicide do so in a state of crisis, responding to some acute conflict with peers, parents, or other authorities.

    • Teenagers and After-School Jobs
    • The Benefits of Laughter

      Laughter can do more than just put you in a good mood. It may buffer you against depression, reduce your stress, and improve your quality of life.

    • The Dangers of Binge Drinking

      Too many young people are participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication. It's defined as having 5 or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s 4-plus drinks in a row.

    • The Facts About Recreational Marijuana

      Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment.

    • The High Cost of Smoking

      When people consider the cost of smoking, they usually focus on the cost of the cigarettes alone. But that's only the first step.

    • The Menace of Methamphetamine

      Methamphetamine is related to the legal stimulant amphetamine, but has stronger effects.

    • The Power of Resilience

      When tragedy strikes with the death of a loved one, a serious illness or a job loss, some people fall apart, while others adapt to such life-changing events more easily. Being resilient is what makes the difference.

    • The Truth About Lying

      If the truth be told, most of us lie to some degree, especially when faced with an alternative like hurting someone's feelings. Some of us, however, lie so often that we stop realizing it.

    • The Word on Talk Therapy

      Talk therapy helps people gain insight into and resolve their problems through verbal exchanges with the therapist.

    • Thriving After a Heart Attack

      Over the long term, your quality of life is tied to how severe your heart attack was and how it was treated. Beyond that, any change will depend largely on you.

    • Tips for a Successful Quit Smoking Day

      Keep this in mind: if you can make it through this first day and this first week when nicotine withdrawal symptoms are at their worst, you will be on your way to success.

    • Understanding Alcohol's Effects

      The extent of alcohol's effect on the central nervous system depends upon how much is in your blood and how much blood you have.

    • Understanding Compulsive Overeating

      The disorder may develop when others make repeated negative comments about a person's weight.

    • Understanding Domestic Abuse

      Although the most common form of abuse is males abusing female partners, females can abuse male partners, and abuse also takes place in same-sex relationships.

    • Understanding Psychiatric Drug Abuse

      Although it’s dangerous to take a prescription medication without a prescription, abusing such medications is the fastest growing type of drug abuse in the United States, outpacing marijuana abuse by a factor of two, according to some studies.

    • Understanding Ritalin Abuse

      When taken as prescribed, Ritalin is a valuable medicine. People with ADHD do not become addicted to stimulant medications when taken in the form prescribed and at treatment dosages.

    • Understanding Teenage Depression

      The medical community once thought depression affected only adults. The risk for the condition begins in the early teens, however, and increases steadily through the mid-20s.

    • Understanding the Power of Addiction

      When addicted, the drug user will do just about anything to obtain the drug.

    • Understanding the Teen Brain

      Parents need to realize the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until he or she is 25 years old or so.

    • Up in Smoke: Cigars and Your Health

      Most people realize that cigarettes can cause lung cancer and heart disease. But many people erroneously believe that cigars aren't harmful.

    • Volunteers Gain While They Give

      Mature adults make up an enormous pool of knowledge, talent, experience, and expertise. Many find volunteering offers a way to use skills they gained through a lifetime.

    • We Can Head Off Teen Tragedies

      Preventing teen turmoil starts at birth. Parents set examples in the way they interact, express anger, and treat substance abuse.

    • Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Alcohol

      Excessive drinking can cause potentially fatal conditions, not only high blood pressure, but also damage to the brain, heart or liver; diabetes and stroke.

    • Wellness Made Easy: The Real Basics of Better Health

      The basics of wellness -- eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and practicing healthful habits -- can help you live a longer, healthier life. Adopting even one of the following components of good health and better self-care can improve your well-being. Embracing all of them will yield significant benefits.

    • What You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse

      Child abuse can happen in any family and in any neighborhood. Studies have shown that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith.

    • What You Need to Know About Heroin

      Until recently, heroin was not considered a problem among children of middle-class parents. But lately, it has been showing up in new places.

    • What's the Meaning of Money?

      How you deal with money depends a lot on your upbringing and cultural influences, which may leave you unhappy with the way you handle it.

    • When a Family Grieves

      Learning about grief and how it affects your family can help you get through the difficult times together. It may even help your family grow stronger.

    • When a Spouse Has Cancer: What to Do and How to Cope

      Being a caregiver for a spouse who has cancer may be the toughest job you’ll ever have. It may also be the most vital and the most rewarding. As the spouse, you become part of the cancer treatment team.

    • When Kids Want to Buy, Buy, Buy

      Don't argue about cost. Do talk with your children about money management and media messages.

    • When Sadness Is Seasonal

      If you feel depressed during fall and winter months, you may have a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

    • When Your Child Has a Chronic Health Condition

      A chronic, or long-lasting, illness can be difficult for anyone to deal with. But for a young child diagnosed with a chronic health condition, there are challenges for both child and parent.

    • Where to Turn for Mental Health

      It's normal to feel stressed or anxious now and then. But it's time to call for help if emotional issues interfere with your life, your job or your personal relationships.

    • With Help, You Can Break a Bad Habit

      Whether it’s a minor habit like biting your nails or a more serious one, like habitual drinking stopping a troublesome behavior is difficult. With a little hard work and strategy, however, it’s possible to break a bad habit.

    • Women, Alcohol, and Drugs: The Risks Are Higher

      As a woman, your body is much more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and more easily damaged than a man’s body. Because women have less water in their body than men, alcohol doesn't dilute as much and more of it gets absorbed into the blood. That’s why women suffer greater physical damage and often become more intoxicated than men when they drink identical amounts of alcohol.

    • Working Mom? Aim for Less Stress

      In the United States, 78 percent of all mothers with kids ages 6 to 17 work in paid jobs. Most—including married working moms—also are responsible for child care and housework.

    • You Can Choose to Have a Healthy Life

      Each year, two out of every three deaths in the United States are caused by cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. That figure could be significantly reduced if Americans made healthier food choices, got more exercise, and stopped smoking.

    • You Can Stay Smoke-Free

      Know your triggers for wanting a cigarette and figure out a plan to deal with them.