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Teen Suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

Temper Tantrums

These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often occur only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.

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 five or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s four-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 Menace of Methamphetamine

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Quit Smoking?

You know you should quit smoking. But you just haven't gotten around to it yet. Here are some reasons to help you commit to quitting.

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.

Your Cell Phone: The Good, the Bad, the Overly Connected?

Many adults never leave home without their smartphone. If that's you, find out how this essential accessory can help and hinder your health.

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