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Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?

Sara Bellum
February 14, 2013

A phobia is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Phobias can cause a lot of anxiety, panic, and even fainting. Read More »

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Fear of Stigma: Does It Hold You Back?

Sara Bellum
February 12, 2013

If you’re like most people, you may try to avoid revealing anything about yourself that will make people think differently or negatively about you. Basically, you’re avoiding stigma—which is being marked by shame or disgrace. But what if you have a drug problem and want to get help? Read More »

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Don't Be Fooled -- Even Your Phone App Could Be Advertising

Sara Bellum
January 10, 2013

As more and more people use smartphones, a world of virtual games, social networking, and fun apps are at their fingertips 24/7. Photo-sharing and exercise-tracking apps can be useful and fun. Others, though, may have devious intentions, like trying to get you hooked on smoking. Read More »

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Two teenage girls.

Mentors: Helping Teens Help Each Other

Sara Bellum
December 18, 2012

Get good grades. Spend time with friends. Make your parents proud. Eat healthy. Exercise. Volunteer. Choose a college. Don’t relax until you’ve finished all of the above. Read More »

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Does This Make Me Look Fat?

Elisabeth Burton, 2012 NIDA Addiction Science Fair Award Winner
December 04, 2012

About 4 years ago, my good friend tried to die by suicide; the reason behind it? She felt like she didn’t match up to the women you see in magazines; she felt like she wasn’t beautiful or skinny enough. Read More »

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