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November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Homeless children are part of an oft-forgotten population despite alarming statistics that show an astonishing 1.6 million children are ...

The Link Between Homelessness and Mental Illness in Young People

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In previous generations, many people graduated from high school or college, found a job and expected to keep it until retirement beckoned. Loyalty to an employer not only was a matter of ...

When Is the Time Right to Leave Your Job?

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Halloween has become synonymous with a non-stop stream of horror movies playing on basic and premium cable channels. Many people enjoy a good fright flick this time of year, and some people can’t ...

The Psychological Effects of Watching Scary Movies

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Posttraumatic stress, a trauma-induced condition that causes flashbacks, anxiety, and depression, is commonly associated with military, veterans, and crime victims. But an increasing number of ...

Childbirth and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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There are few things more frightening than knowing that a friend or family member is so despondent that he or she sees no reason to go on living. Suicides now account for more deaths than car ...

How to Help Someone Who May Be Suicidal

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In the past decade, postpartum depression has been heavily studied by doctors, covered in the media, and treated in psychologists’ offices. Many new mothers know what signs to look for and feel ...

Preventing and Treating Prenatal Depression

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Urban farms are springing up in backyards and community centers in cities all across the country. But these vegetable-stocked paradises aren’t just another hipster trend. Urban farms are ...

The Transformative Power of Urban Farming and Community Gardens

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The power of saying yes to pleasure, leisure, and yourself has been thoroughly studied in self-help books, movies, and television. In the 2008 movie Yes Man, Jim Carrey plays a man who begins ...

How Learning to Say No Can Save Your Sanity

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As any parent knows, the world can be a scary place for teenage girls, and adolescent women are the most likely group to be sexually victimized. But all too often, discussions of rape ...

How to Talk to Your Daughter About Sexual Assault

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Ask any mother, and she’ll tell you mothering is the most challenging task she’s ever faced. This life-altering role, however, can be nearly impossible for incarcerated mothers. Jail and prison ...

Childrearing From Jail: Obstacles Faced by Incarcerated Mothers

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Most people have horror stories to relay about high school and middle school, a time when being cool trumped all other priorities. But some people were true social rejects — with few or no ...

How Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity

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Intimate relationships can bring about life’s greatest rewards. But a marriage or long-term relationship that’s in trouble can be a source of chronic pain and stress. Whether you’re facing a major ...

How to Choose the Right Couples Therapist

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In a time when most people support basic measures of gender equality, including equal pay for equal work and laws that protect rape victims, marriage is still one area where traditional gender ...

How Gender Equality Contributes to Happier Marriages

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With the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team seizing a gold medal for the first time since 1996, thousands of little girls will undoubtedly be begging their parents to sign up for gymnastics. ...

Protect Children's Self Esteem in Demanding Sports Like Gymnastics

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The sexualization of girls isn’t just one in a cornucopia of problems parents wring their hands about. It’s a major contributor to low self-esteem, risk-taking behavior, and inequality between men ...

How Parents Contribute to the Sexualization of Girls

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Yahoo! announced in July 2012 that the company was naming Google’s Marissa Mayer as its new CEO. Mayer remarked that she hoped more women joined the field. She was once again drawing attention ...

How Stereotype Threat Can Limit Women’s Achievement

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As the political debate about access to birth control rages on in the United States, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has hosted a summit to improve women’s access to birth control and other ...

Women With Access to Birth Control are Healthier Women: Editorial

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The advent of Viagra resulted in life-altering changes for many men who no longer had to rely on penis pumps, surgery, and unreliable drugs to get an erection. Many people hope this type of ...

The Medicalization of Female Sexual Dysfunction

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Questions of fidelity, honesty, and communication have always been issues in marriage, but the advent of social networking can turn these concerns into daily issues. From flirting online to ...

Married and Facebooking: Some Rules to Follow

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It seems that every few months, an advertiser comes out with a new and “edgy” marketing campaign involving depictions of violence against women. Over the years, these depictions have ranged ...

Violent Beauty: Stop Glamorous Images of Violence Against Women

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Every few years, new legislation and political agendas bring the gender wage gap to the forefront of the national consciousness. It seems that every political figure has a spin on the pay gap ...

The Gender Pay Gap: Realities and Causes

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In a recent Memorial Day speech, Vice President Joe Biden recalled the tragic loss of his wife and child several decades ago. He stated that you never really get over a loss like that and was ...

What Constitutes Normal Grief?

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For most people, Memorial Day is little more than the unofficial start of summer, but for military families, Memorial Day is a reminder of the profound sacrifices made by millions of men and women ...

The Effects of Deployment on Military Families

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Celebrity gossip sites are beside themselves with the news that Rihanna has gotten back together with singer Chris Brown, even after photos of the bruises Brown allegedly gave Rihanna became ...

Reasons Women Return to Abusive Relationships

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No one ever says, “I want to be a bad parent and make life difficult for my children.” This is why parenting books proliferate and the hot topic among most parents is how to build intelligent, ...

Surprising Ways Well-Meaning Parents Harm Their Children

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The first rush of love can feel euphoric and is completely inimitable. But when that rush starts to fade, it’s often followed by a devastating crash. Whether it’s the seven-year itch or just ...

Simple Tricks for Reviving the Spark in Your Relationship

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Adults spend at least half of their waking lives at work, and it’s nearly impossible to avoid taking what happens at work home with you. Workplace bullying can cause depression, anxiety, lowered ...

Dealing with the Bully Boss: What to Do if Your Boss Bullies You

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Any relationship, just like any person, has its weak spots. Even in the best relationships, it’s not uncommon to find the occasional screaming match or day of fighting. But some bad relationship ...

The 5 Worst Habits in Relationships

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Body image affects every area of life, and there is immense pressure on teenage girls to conform to an unrealistic, unattainable standard of beauty. The recent influx of “Pro-Ana” websites ...

Keys for Helping Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image

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From potential employees to potential lovers, nearly everyone lies about something. And while little white lies are normal and can even help maintain social order, big lies can quickly cause huge ...

How to Tell if Someone is Lying

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In a fast-paced, high-pressure world, it’s a wonder we aren’t all constantly suffering from panic attacks and heart attacks. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems, and ...

5 Tips for Eliminating Anxiety and Panic