Mental Health

We all feel stressed, frazzled or depressed from time to time. But when is it too much? Taking care of your mental, emotional and spiritual health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Learn how stress, grief and mental illness can affect you, and what you can do to cope and feel better.

All articles in Mental Health
  • Balancing Work and Caregiving

    Caring for a loved one while working outside the home can be a challenging balancing act. Talk to your employer,…

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  • Caregiver Stress

    Caregivers provide care for people with chronic medical conditions. It can be challenging, and they often experience stress and get…

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  • Caregiving: Care for Yourself While Caring for Others

    Caregivers provide care for people with chronic medical conditions. It’s a challenging job, so caregivers also need to take care…

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  • Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Depression is very common among people who have Alzheimer’s disease. They may become depressed when their memory and ability to…

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  • Depression in Children and Teens

    It is common for children and teens to be depressed. Learn how to recognize and help your young one who…

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  • Depression in Older Adults

    Depression is a common problem in older adults, but it is not part of the aging process. Learn how to…

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  • Depression | Coping With Suicidal Thoughts

    Read about how to cope with depression and suicidal thoughts.

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  • Grief Counseling

    Grief counseling is therapy for people experiencing grief. Not everyone who is grieving needs counseling, but it can be helpful…

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  • Grieving: Facing Illness, Death, and Other Losses

    Grief is a person’s normal, healthy response to a loss. It is different for everyone and includes both emotional and…

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  • Managing Daily Stress

    Feelings of stress are caused by your body’s instinct to defend itself. Stress can cause unhealthy physical symptoms if it…

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  • Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health

    Emotional health is an important part of overall health. People can take steps to improve their emotional health and be…

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  • Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health

    People who have good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They cope well with stress and…

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  • Nourish Your Brain

    Eating well and keeping physically fit will also improve your cognitive (brain) health. In addition, you should stay socially and…

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  • Nutrition and Mental Health

    Ongoing research shows that food choices may affect your mood and mental health.

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  • Self Harm — Cutting

    Cutting is the act of purposely harming yourself in response to emotional stress and not being able to cope in…

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  • Spirituality and Health

    No one really knows for sure how spirituality is related to health. However, it seems the body, mind, and spirit…

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  • Teen Suicide

    Teen suicide is an act often caused by depression. Talk and watch your teen to detect signs of the disorder…

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  • Therapy and Counseling

    Therapy and counseling is used to treat mental and emotional wellness. It can be useful for individuals, couples, and…

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  • Your Child’s Mental Health

    Good mental health is an important part of a child’s overall health. There are many ways adults can help children…

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