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Rising Above Alcohol Addiction
Determined to break the cycle
author image 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 and medication, so she can be a better mom to her own kids.

I was 8 years old when I first understood that my mom had a drinking problem... [more]

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When You’re the Abuser 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 and learns to understand and control herself. [more]
Eating Gluten-Free Yaselin is diagnosed with celiac disease. She educates herself -- and us -- about what people allergic to gluten can eat. [more]
Overcoming Bulimia 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. [more]
Feed Your Mind Jessica interviews Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix, about how certain foods can help your mood and thinking. [more]
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]
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