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. Women usually find it harder to quit than do men, even though women have a higher risk of smoking-related diseases. The following suggestions can help you kick the habit, again, for good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Major Depression in Children
Common symptoms of major depression include persistent feelings of sadness, sleep disturbances, and difficulty concentrating.
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.
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.