Emotional Disorders

Depression and Cancer

How does depression affect cancer patients? For cancer patients, depression means much more than just a dark mood. The illness, which strikes about up to

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Anorexia Nervosa

What is anorexia nervosa? Anorexia nervosa, or simply anorexia, is a psychiatric and physical illness in which the sufferer basically starves herself. Clinically, a person

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Bug Off

After countless phone calls pleading for an appointment, the patient appeared in Dr. Luis Fajardo’s office. She took a seat and began frantically pulling little

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High Anxiety

Nikki Tilford’s first glimpse into her personal nightmare came decades years ago as she was driving to her job at the University of Cincinnati. “It

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Repressed Anger

While people who are apt to fly into rages face one set of problems, those who rarely express their anger — including those who don’t

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Brief Therapy

What is brief therapy? Brief therapy, also called solution-oriented therapy, is based on the idea that most people don’t have to spend years on an

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When a Pet Dies

Momi Correa’s love affair with her Siamese cat, Suzuki, went deeper and lasted longer than any relationship she ever had with a man. Nearly two

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Holiday Blues

Every year at his family’s Christmas party, Peter Sheras’ relatives would drive him to distraction. There was the overbearing aunt who habitually “smooched me or

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Dental Phobia

Tim Day is a master sergeant in the Air Force. When the Gulf War erupted in the early 1990s, he was one of the first

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Hypochondria

Diane Berman* started young. She remembers being at dinner when someone began talking about a man who had died from hardening of the arteries. “I

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Freedom from Phobias

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s reasonable to fear earthquakes. However, it’s far less reasonable to fixate on the possibility that,

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