Alcohol may have some health benefits, including lowering the risk for heart disease, but it may also lead to abusive drinking and other diseases.
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.
Besides having trouble with school and relationships, teens taking drugs may display emotional extremes with irritability, anger, and changes in sleep patterns.
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.
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.
The holidays can be enjoyed without drinking alcohol. But if you choose to drink, there are responsible ways to consume alcohol.
A helpful guide to understanding the effects of alcohol, the signs of problem drinking, and how to drink safely.
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.
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.
Depression is not a natural part of growing old. It's a health condition that should be treated aggressively. Read on to learn more.
Until recently, heroin was not considered a problem among children of middle-class parents. But lately, it has been showing up in new places. Today the typical user could be a person from any race, part of the country, socio-economic level, or age.
People sometimes gain weight when they stop smoking. But you can reduce your chances of adding extra pounds. You just need to take steps to prevent it.
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.
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.
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.
Suicide is when a teen causes his or her own death on purpose. Before trying to take his or her own life, a teen may have thoughts of wanting to die. Read on to learn how to recognize the warning signs, and how to get your teen help.
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 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?""
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.
Follow these suggestions to help you kick the habit, again--this time, for good.
Major depression goes beyond the day's normal ups and downs. It involves a teen's body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns.
When a friend shows signs of abusing alcohol or other drugs, it's hard to know what to do or say. Here's how to help.
The symptoms of OCD vary widely from person to person. Without treatment, OCD can last for a lifetime.
LSD, also called acid, is one of the most commonly used hallucinogens or psychedelic drugs.
Today there are alternatives to 12-step programs. Some treatment programs teach problem drinkers to reduce their drinking. This approach appeals to people who otherwise might not seek treatment.
How do you know when your emotions are the everyday kind that are likely to get better with time? Or when it's time to get help? Read on to find out.
These fits of rage - the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor - are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often happen only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.
Every year, millions of adults fall, leading to injuries and emergency room visits. Many of these falls and injuries can be prevented.
Many people think using smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking. But just because there's no smoke, doesn't mean it's safe.
As medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.
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.
Children who have ADHD are often given medicine as part of their treatment plan. The type of medicine most often chosen is a psychostimulant. Read on to learn more.
If you’re interested in joining an online support group, read on to learn more about finding one that's right for you.
Many older adults enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a beer while watching the game on TV. But alcohol can affect older adults differently. Here's what you should know.
Substance abuse is a recognized medical brain disorder. It refers to the abuse of illegal or legal substances. Alcohol is the most common legal drug of abuse. Substance dependence describes abuse of drugs or alcohol that continues, even when serious problems related to their use have developed.
The disorder may develop when others make repeated negative comments about a person's weight.
As you likely already know, quitting smoking isn't easy. But millions of other people have done it—and you can, too. Here are some things that can help.
Men are missing the chance to find and treat health problems in their early stages, when many conditions are more treatable and less threatening to overall health.
If you tend to worry a lot, even when there’s no reason, you may have generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. Medicine and lifestyle changes can help.
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.
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.
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.
A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.
Emotional eating affects most people from time to time. But regularly letting your feelings guide your food intake can affect your health.
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.
If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal is a great idea. It can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health.
There is peace of mind that comes with making and keeping a budget. These tips and resources will help you make a realistic budget, and direct you to financial assistance options.
Many factors affect your credit score. It is important to understand your credit score and how you can improve it.
Getting a divorce is almost always painful and stressful, no matter how old or young you are. But if your marriage falls apart later in life, you may face some financial and emotional setbacks that are more difficult to recover from than when you were younger.
Conflict and anger are natural parts of family life. But how you handle them makes all the difference in having good relationships with loved ones.
A marriage is based on love and respect. You, your spouse, and your relationship may grow and change with time, but these ideas can help your marriage stay successful over the years.
If you're a single parent, you may feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do each day. Here are some ideas on finding support.
Being out of work is always a frustrating situation. There are some specific strategies to help you rise above other job candidates.
While getting angry from time to time is inevitable, the way you express it isn't. Control your anger in a way that's better for both you and the people around you.
Juggling the demands of work and home can be quite stressful. For your health and well-being, it is important to find a good balance between work and home responsibilities
Research shows that couples who seek couples therapy increase their chance of staying together. They also improve communication and satisfaction in their relationship. Read on to learn more.
If the proverbial bluebird of happiness skipped your home this morning, don’t fret. Even if your car wouldn’t start, it rained on your new suit, one of the kids (or pets) threw up, you missed that important deadline, or you’re generally irked, hit the reset button and have a better day—starting now.
Everyone feels low, blue, or downright sad at times. If these emotions are strong or don’t ease up, you may wonder whether you—or a loved one—is depressed.
Here’s a reason to cheer: Being a sports fan can be a slam-dunk for your health.
If you experience depression, the most important thing you can do is seek support from a health care provider. However, you may be wondering what else you can do to boost your mood and help keep the blues at bay.
These tips can help you enjoy holidays with your family without feeling drained.
Volunteer work certainly helps others. But did you know it can also improve the volunteers’ quality of life—and even affect their health?
Do the cold, gray days of winter get you down? If you just can’t resist your bed’s gravitational pull or that box of powdered donuts, it might be more serious than the winter blues. You could be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
Stress and chronic pain have a complex relationship, as they share significant conceptual and physiological overlaps. Pain and stress are both adaptive in protecting the body, but if either become chronic, it can lead to long-term suffering and compromised well-being.
Constant stress can also lead to the worsening of pain, or vice versa. And persistence of stress, whether emotional or physiological, can deplete the body’s resources and increase its risk for disease.