Mental Health

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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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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Dental Anxiety

Imagine a movie promo — scary music in the background. In a low voice full of dread, the announcer intones, “It had been a long

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Hypnosis

What is hypnosis? Hypnosis must be the only medical procedure ever to be featured in nightclub acts. (Can you imagine audiences applauding the Amazing Anesthesiologist

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Managing Stress

We all know what stress feels like. The jittery stomach and sweaty palms when you walk into an important job interview. The soaring blood pressure

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12-Step Programs

What are 12-step programs? Since 1935 — the year that Alcoholics Anonymous was founded — millions of people have turned to 12-step programs to help

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Alcohol Abuse

What is alcohol abuse? Many people enjoy drinking alcohol in social settings or to relax. But sometimes people may find they’re drinking too much. And

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Last Call

In my mother’s hospital room there was a single window, and if you stood before the window, you could see the Aerial Bridge. In Minnesota

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