APA: Americans Report Willpower and Stress as Key Obstacles to Meeting Health-Related Resolutions

As the Obama administration tackles the national obesity epidemic, a new American Psychological Association poll shows that individuals need ongoing support to make lifestyle and behavior changes. WASHINGTON — An administration task force chaired by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health and Human Services is asking the public for recommendations to solve the …

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The Nuts and Bolts: Using Your Insurance for Mental Health Services

The Nuts and Bolts: Using Your Insurance for Mental Health Services  

SAMHSA, Ad Council and Inspire USA Foundation Launch National Suicide Prevention Campaign for Teens

SAMHSA, Ad Council and Inspire USA Foundation Launch National Suicide Prevention Campaign for Teens

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Ellen Caroll has often asked herself this exact question – especially when it comes to helping her family members get the amount of sleep they need. With a son in preschool and a daughter in high school, a husband who works over 50 hours a week and aging parents, one with Parkinson’s disease, Ellen’s family …

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Making Lifestyle Changes That Last

You’re once again feeling motivated to eat better, exercise more, drink less caffeine or make any number of the positive lifestyle changes you’ve been telling yourself you want to make. You’ve tried before — probably declaring another attempt as a New Year’s resolution — but without feeling much success. Making a lifestyle change is challenging, …

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Stress Won’t Go Away? Maybe You Are Suffering from Chronic Stress

Some stress is positive. It causes our bodies to release adrenaline, which helps us to accomplish assignments and projects, and can even enhance our performance and problem-solving ability. But chronic stress, which is constant and persists over an extended period of time, can be debilitating and overwhelming. Chronic stress can affect both our physical and …

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Parenting: The Teen Years

The teen years pose some of the most difficult challenges for families. Teenagers, dealing with hormone changes and an ever-complex world, may feel that no one can understand their feelings, especially parents. As a result, the teen may feel angry, alone and confused while facing complicated issues about identity, peers, sexual behavior, drinking and drugs. …

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Finding Help: How to Find Help Through Psychotherapy

Millions of Americans have found relief from depression and other emotional difficulties through psychotherapy. Even so, some people find it hard to get started or stay in psychotherapy. This brief question-and-answer guide provides some basic information to help individuals take advantage of outpatient (non-hospital) psychotherapy. Why do people consider using psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is a partnership …

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Min/Body Health: Job Stress

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 professions or communities.They are also a major source of emotional stress. Stress at work Even “dream jobs” have stressful deadlines, performance expectations, and other responsibilities. For …

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Dealing With the Back-to-School Blues?

Parents have a lot on their plate: mortgage payments, healthcare, caring for elderly parents, raising kids, just to name a few. As the new school year approaches, they face additional stressors—paying for back-to-school supplies, clothes and possibly tuition. Many parents may also be worried about their children starting a new school, changing school districts, facing …

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