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Feed Your Mind
What you eat affects your mood
author image Jessica interviews Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix, about how certain foods can help your mood and thinking.

When I moved to a group home, I didn’t know what I’d get to eat. I figured the house would have food similar to what I’d been served in New York City public schools... [more]

Finding Your Well-Being Finding Your Well-Being
Anxiety: Invader in My Brain - Overcoming Bulimia - Therapy Stopped the Cycle of Abuse - Foods That Calm Stress - Drugged Against My Will - PLUS - Win $350!
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FEATURED STORIES
Finding Focus The author has trouble paying attention in school. She is put on various drugs, but educational and emotional supports end up helping her more. [more]
Invader in My Brain Victor describes the methods he's used to control his anxiety and depression, including therapy, medication, exercise, and mindfulness. [more]
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Talking to Your Doctor About Medication Dr. Fadi Haddad explains why and how he makes the decision to put psychiatric patients younger than 18 on psychotropic medication. [more]
Medicated Against My Will A.C. goes into care gets put on powerful psychotropic drugs. She is sad and lonely, but not, she tells her therapist, mentally ill. [more]
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Facing Down Gay Discrimination Eric is teased because he's effeminate. He wonders why that upsets people and tries to make peace with one of his tormenters. [more]
Can I Keep Both My Family and My Religion? Hollie becomes a Jehovah's Witness, which helps her cope with her losses, but not everyone in her life likes her new direction. [more]
Material Girl, Spiritual Girl The author is a Christian and she also loves fashion. She worries that being materialistic is a sin, but she can't give up her desire for great outfits. [more]
Staff Shout-Out Robert describes how his therapist helped him face the pain from his father's abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She also helps Robert envision a better future. [more]
Q&A: Healthy Relationships Natasha interviews therapist Rebecca Weston about how to keep family trauma in your past from messing up your new relationships. [more]
Bronx Bombers: Graffiti in NYC Robert visits an art exhibit of graffiti in New York and describes his lifelong relationship to this homegrown art form. [more]
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