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Why We Should Stop Random Drug Testing

Random drug testing inflicts psychological harm on people with addiction and impedes their recovery. Here are three steps we can take to stop this practice.
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Anxiety Disorders: Everything You Need to Know

Anxiety is common but multifaceted. It’s of particular concern when combined with depression. The good news is that there are many effective treatments.
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5 Ways Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Mental Health

People with mental health issues like anxiety & depression may self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to reduce their symptoms. But this can lead to addiction
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Is Cyber School a Solution for Children With Anxiety?

Cyber school may be a good alternative for a child with anxiety who is unable to focus at school. It is not a substitute for effective treatment, however.
Anxiety disorders

Anxiety and Its Consequences

Anxiety is a common internal experience, often described as fear or dread. It can be very uncomfortable-even debilitating-but effective treatments are available.
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8 Drug-Seeking Behaviors That Might Signal Addiction

Doctors can play an important role in addressing prescription drug abuse in patients. One key is learning to recognize & respond to drug-seeking behaviors.
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How to Recognize the Many Different Forms of Anxiety

Anxiety is not only common but also multifaceted in its appearance. Different anxiety disorders, such as specific phobias or social anxiety, have unique features.
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What Makes Humans Different from the Rest of the Animals?

What makes humans different from animals? Exploring the answer to this question has led researchers to make some fascinating discoveries.
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How Music Can Powerfully Heal a Physician’s Life

Playing music was a ritual that passed through generations in my family but it wasn’t until I became a physician that I understood how music could console and bring hope.
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Does Your Dog Have Personality? But of Course!

Dog behavior has been shaped by millennia of contact with humans. So it shouldn't surprise us that they have personality traits similar but not identical to our own.
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This Is How Adult Children of Alcoholics Can Thrive

Adult children of alcoholics can't go back in time and force their caregivers to make the right choices, but they can seek treatment and advocate recovery.
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Suicide in America: Understanding the What and Why

If we want to reverse the growing trend of suicide in America, we have to take a hard look at the underlying causes, including links to the addiction crisis.