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What Is Travel Anxiety, and What Can You Do About It?

Experts say ignoring your stress only makes it worse. Here’s what you can do



9 Conditions That Mimic Depression But Aren’t

Common symptoms like fatigue, irritability or trouble sleeping may make people appear depressed

How to Support Your Adult Child With Cancer

Helping an adult child through a health crisis is different than when they were kids

7 Ways Exercise Can Boost Your Mental Health

Studies find exercise improves your mood, helps depression and eases anxiety

What to Do When Insomnia Makes You Afraid of Sleep

Here are 5 expert tips to reduce stress and get more quality shut-eye

How I Found Out I Have Autism

Chicago-area woman says her diagnosis at age 54 is a revelation and a fresh start

What Is Mindfulness? And Why It Might Make You Happier

Discover how living in the present moment can help quiet anxiety

13 Free or Low-Cost Ways You Can Cope With Loneliness

People who connect socially are generally healthier, happier and better able to confront obstacles

9 Everyday Habits to Find Happiness

Daily opportunities for joy are there for the taking, experts in the art of happier living say


Perimenopausal Women May Be at Risk for Depression

Midlife mental health problems can be sudden and easily misdiagnosed

7 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression

Who's at risk, common symptoms, and how to get help and ease the pain

This Is What Depression Can Feel Like

Five middle-aged adults describe their symptoms and how they’ve learned to cope

Other Conditions

6 Things to Know About Bipolar Disorder

Millions of adults in the U.S. have this mental illness, but it's often misunderstood

This Is What a Panic Attack Feels Like

6 people share their stories of their symptoms and how they've learned to cope

ADHD in Older Adults: Diagnosis and Treatment

If memory and focus problems are plaguing you at midlife, here's how to tell if it's undiagnosed ADHD

What to Know About Social Anxiety Disorder

It's more than just shyness. Find out the symptoms, causes and treatments for this common condition

How to Conquer Your Fear of Flying

A return to the skies is especially fraught for those who were already afraid to fly


Older Adults Struggle to Find Affordable Mental Health Care

New report says Medicare is insufficient coverage, while anxiety and depression are on the rise

How to Find the Right Therapist

Before you look for a therapist, it pays to understand these approaches

Can Talk Therapy Help You Sleep Better?

Therapy — in person, over the phone or online with video — can retrain your brain for better sleep

Family Caregiving

Assessing an Older Adult's Psychological Needs

Be alert to persistent irritability, low energy, sleeplessness and other signs of depression

How to Manage Aging Adults With Personality Disorders

Strategies include staying calm during outbursts and balancing loyalty with limits

The Suicide Crisis Among Military Family Caregivers

Acknowledging and addressing the problem is the first step in stemming the rise of cases

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