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Issue #119 (Winter 2015) issue cover
Finding Your Well-Being

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Chris explains how group home staff Ms. Wilson made him feel at home. (full text)

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J.G. introduces the issue on well-being, and how self-awareness leads you to take better care of your body, mind, and soul. (full text)

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A.C. goes into care and gets put on powerful psychotropic drugs. She is sad and lonely, but not, she tells her therapist, mentally ill. (full text)

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Dr. Fadi Haddad explains why and how he makes the decision to put psychiatric patients younger than 18 on psychotropic medication. (full text)

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Victor describes the methods he's used to control his anxiety and depression, including therapy, medication, exercise, and mindfulness. (full text)

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The author has trouble paying attention in school. She is put on various drugs, but educational and emotional supports end up helping her more. (full text)

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Jessica interviews Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix, about how certain foods can help your mood and thinking. (full text)

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The author gains weight and is bullied. She briefly tries throwing up her food, until she has a health scare and takes off the weight slowly with exercise and healthy diet. (full text)

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Yaselin is diagnosed with celiac disease. She educates herself -- and us -- about what people allergic to gluten can eat. (full text)

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What Do You Regret? How Would You Do It Differently? (full text)

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The author is raised by a volatile and abusive mother. When she finds herself acting like her mother and screaming at her boyfriend, she is appalled. She gets therapy. (full text)

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Erica went into foster care partly because her mother was an alcoholic. This abandonment contributes to Erica's mental illness, which she fights with therapy, so she can be a better mom to her own kids. (full text)

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Help youth cope with anxiety and understand their feelings with these reading, discussion, and role-play activities. (full text)
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