Adopting a Pet--Cats and DogsIf 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 AdultsMany 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 HeartAlcohol 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 EpidemicThe 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 LSDLSD, also called acid, is one of the most commonly used hallucinogens or psychedelic drugs.
Alternatives to Alcoholics AnonymousSome treatment programs teach problem drinkers to reduce their drinking, an approach that appeals to people who otherwise might not seek treatment.
An Rx for RV LivingMore 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 LevelsThere'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 CodependencyCodependency is an emotional and behavioral condition. It affects a person’s ability to have healthy, mutually satisfying relationships.
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 HomeTo 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 PeopleBinge drinkers are most likely found on college campuses, where many students consider a big game or fraternity party an excuse to drink all weekend.
Break the Cycle of Repeated Accidents
Break Through the Alcoholic's Psychological DefensesThe most important thing that friends and family can do for an alcoholic is to stop enabling the addictive behavior.
Breaking the Habit: Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderThe symptoms of OCD vary widely from person to person. Without treatment, OCD can last for a lifetime.
Breaking Yourself Out of a RutA 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-TechYou 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.
Caregivers Need to Care for ThemselvesMore 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
Caring for the CaregiverCaregivers 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 ViolenceThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 d
Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From SmokingMany teenagers still think smoking is cool. Here are some tools to help parents stay diligent in keeping their kids from smoking.
Coping with MiscarriageA 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-ImageDoes something about your body bug you? Maybe you believe you'd be happier if only you were thinner, taller, shorter, more muscular -- whatever.
Curb Emotional EatingWhen you find yourself seeking out food to comfort you, you are eating in response to your emotions, rather than to hunger.
Depression Not a Normal Part of AgingIn general, only about three percent of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20 to 30 percent of persons in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or di
Developing Super Self-ConfidenceTo accomplish a specific goal -- whether, for example, you’re vying for a new position at work, training for a bike race or preparing to move to a new community -- a sense of self-efficacy can help.
Doing Your Part to Help Prevent Drunken DrivingJust 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 MedicationsIf 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 medicatio
End-of-Life PlanningFor 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 LifeModerately 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.
Female Athlete Triad: An Unhealthy ConditionThe triad is made up of these factors: disordered eating, disrupted menstrual cycles (missing three or more periods in a row) and osteoporosis (low bone mass).
Figure on These Factors When Drinking AlcoholIf 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?
Fill Your Calendar for Better HealthJust as you plan a financial portfolio, it's good to develop a social portfolio as you age.
Finding Support for Emotional IssuesHow do you know when your emotions are of the everyday sort, or when you could benefit from seeing a therapist?
Focus on Keeping Your Spirits UpGood mental health is just as important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that can challenge our emotional well being.
For a Senior Adventure, Get on the BusBus trips include everything from day trips to world-class art museums to shopping ventures to cross-country treks.
For Men: Doctors Are Good for Your HealthMen 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 Older Adults: Address Your StressSome stress is inevitable, but as you grow older, the key is to minimize stress while maximizing happiness and enjoyment.
For Seniors: How to Prevent FallsAs 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 WebThe 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.
Get Support to Beat Bad HabitsWhether you are just beginning to think about changing a habit, or you have already started but have hit a rough spot, family and friends can help.
Getting the Most from a Mental Health Support GroupMental 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 SuccessSetting goals gives direction to your life. Without goals, you can drift and go nowhere.
Health Myths and FactsThere are a number health myths where knowing the facts can make a world of difference to your health.
Health Risks of Alcohol and Drug AbuseIt's important to understand how alcohol and drugs can affect your health and well being.
Help for the Holiday BluesThe 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! My 9-Year-Old Wants to Dress SexyWith so many mall shops offering sexy styles for the youngest girls, some parents wonder whether their daughters are risking sexual harassment for the sake of fashion.
Helping a Friend With an AddictionWhen a friend shows signs of abusing alcohol or other drugs, it's hard to know what to do or say.
Helping an Unwilling AlcoholicYou 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 EndAs medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.
How to Cut Down on DrinkingIt 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' PersonalityWhat'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 ParentsGrowing 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 LifeNo 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 StressWhether 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 ForeverKeeping your primary relationship healthy, positive, supportive and together isn’t easy. But it can be done.
How to Quit Smoking, AgainFewer 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
How You Can Avoid Aggressive Drivers
Hypothyroidism and DepressionChances 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 AbuseAmphetamine 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) HelpIn 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 to Bench Bad BehaviorExperts say you should look at your child as a kid who happens to be playing sports, and not as an athlete who happens to be a kid.
Keep Your Brain FunctioningIf 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
Keep Your Noggin Fit with Brain ExerciseActive 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 ControlWhen 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 ControlThe holidays can be enjoyed without drinking alcohol. But if you choose to drink, there are responsible ways to consume alcohol.
Keeping Your Anger Under ControlLearning 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 WholenessWhatever the nature of your loss, active grieving can help you get through the following months and years.
Maintaining Weight Once You've Quit SmokingAlthough people generally gain weight when they stop smoking, you can reduce your chances of adding extra pounds by taking steps to prevent it.
Manage Your Emotions at Work There's nothing wrong with feeling a particular emotion. At work, though, you want to be cautious in how you express it.
Many Seniors Go Back to the BooksNo 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.
Mastering the Principles of Positive ThinkingYou can learn to think positively, and doing so can lead to greater self-confidence, more respect for others and achievement of your goals.
Medications to Treat ADHD in ChildrenChildren who have ADHD are often given medication as part of their treatment plan. The type of medication most often chosen is a psychostimulant.
Moving Beyond All-or-Nothing ThinkingWhen you lapse from your goals, remind yourself of all you've learned and how much you've accomplished.
On the Road in RetirementNo matter where you travel, plan ahead for health care when you're on the road.
Oppositional Defiant DisorderChildren with ODD may refuse to follow commands or requests made by parents, teachers, or other adults.
Over 65, Busy Lives Aren’t Generally Lonely LivesLoneliness is one of the most formidable obstacles to health and quality of life for the nearly 35 million Americans 65 or older. Unfortunately, recognizing this enemy isn't as easy as we might think.
Performance Anxiety Can Choke Up AthletesAnxiety 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 TreatableMost 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 AddictionThree kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants.
Prevent Shaken Baby SyndromeWhile being a new Mom brings lots of joy, it also brings stress—something a crying baby can make worse. Better understanding 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: Sha
Primer: Smokeless TobaccoMany people think using smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking. Just because there's no smoke, doesn't mean it's safe.
Putting Disease Risk into PerspectiveThe way we gauge the peril a given disorder poses is called risk perception.
Q and A: Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderRituals 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
Quit One Step at a TimeSaying 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 HabitAs you probably already know, quitting smoking isn't easy. But, millions of other people have done it, and you can, too.
Recognizing Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence is behavior someone uses to control a spouse, partner, date or elderly relative through fear and intimidation.
Remember This: Many Have Memory LapsesUnpredictable, 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.
Seniors Can Maximize Happiness by Minimizing ClutterIt'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 TollAccording 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.
Sidetrack Your StressNo matter the source of your stress, it can produce physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that can affect any part of the body.
Smart Shopping for Women
Smoking Adds Another Wrinkle to AgingEverybody knows smoking is bad for your health. Now here's something you may not know: Smoking is bad for your looks. It's true.
Social Drinking vs. Problem DrinkingAlcohol 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.
Stages of Substance AbusePeople 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
Staying Involved Adds Fun to AgeResearch suggests the more physically and mentally active you are, the fewer discomforts and disabilities you may face as you get older.
Sunny Self-Talk: Seeing Through the StormHow you view any situation has a lot to do with how you feel.
Techniques for Taming TantrumsPreventing a tantrum is much easier than stopping one. Here are ideas on how to do that.
Teen Suicide: Learning to Recognize the Warning SignsMore 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.
Teens and the Self-Esteem ShieldResearch 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.
The Dangers of Binge DrinkingToo 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 MarijuanaKnowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment.
The High Cost of SmokingWhen 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 MethamphetamineMethamphetamine is related to the legal stimulant amphetamine, but has stronger effects.
The Power of ResilienceWhen 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 LyingIf 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 TherapyTalk therapy helps people gain insight into and resolve their problems through verbal exchanges with the therapist.
Thriving After a Heart AttackOver 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.
Treating Generalized AnxietyYou may suffer from generalized anxiety disorder if you go through the day worried, tense or anxious about your family, health or work, even when you know there are no signs of trouble.
Understanding Alcohol's EffectsThe 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 OvereatingThe disorder may develop when others make repeated negative comments about a person's weight.
Understanding Domestic AbuseAlthough 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 Prescription Drug AbuseAlthough 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 Teenage DepressionThe 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 AddictionWhen addicted, the drug user will do just about anything to obtain the drug.
Understanding the Teen BrainParents 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 HealthMost people realize that cigarettes can cause lung cancer and heart disease. But many people erroneously believe that cigars aren't harmful.
We Can Head Off Teen TragediesPreventing 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 AlcoholExcessive 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 HealthThe 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-be
What You Can Do to Prevent Child AbuseChild 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 HeroinUntil 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 GrievesLearning 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 Kids Want to Buy, Buy, BuyDon't argue about cost. Do talk with your children about money management and media messages.
Where to Turn for Mental HealthIt'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.
Women, Alcohol, and Drugs: The Risks Are HigherAs 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 w
Working Mom? Aim for Less StressIn 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 LifeEach 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.