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Social support: The most overlooked self-care routine

Rate this article and enter to winI began feeling pretty out of it when I was 18. I had just started college after moving away from a tight-knit friend group in my hometown and...
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Talk it out: The science behind therapy and how it can help you

Rate this article and enter to winNew class expectations, new after-school activities and responsibilities, and new thoughts about the future can give us all the feels—from super psyched to super stressed. Even if you’re...
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Ask the counselor: “How do you differentiate normal sadness from clinical depression?”

—Olivia*, Los Angeles, California(*Name changed)Sometimes we just feel blah. Nothing seems to be going right and all we want to do is crawl into bed and get away from life for a while. Maybe...

Sleep science: What we know, what we don’t, and why it matters

Rate this article and enter to win“Basically everything you do, you do better with a good night’s sleep,” says Dr. Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine....

Ask the doc: Can drinking alcohol impair my ability to learn?

“Can drinking alcohol impair my ability to learn?” —Taylor, Portland State University, OregonYes, in ways both large and small. Are there students who drink from time to time and still manage to do well...

The science of drinking: The body and brain on alcohol

 Ever wonder how alcohol gets people drunk? Let’s look at the science behind it.Alcohol is made using a process called fermentation (in which yeast breaks sugar down into ethanol). As someone drinks, ethanol makes...
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How do I know if I’m depressed?

Many students are prone to feeling down from time to time, and this is normal. What makes depression distinct from normal emotions is that its symptoms are consistent and long-lasting, often for weeks and...
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Dealing with depression: Student stories, expert strategies

 Everybody has bad days. Hey, between disappointing grades, arguments with your parent, drama with your friends, and rejection from your crush, you’ve probably experienced a few bad weeks.“We all experience sadness—when we lose someone,...
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Why a little less screen makes life much better

 Our phones are amazing—I barely remember life before the poop emoji—but let’s admit we have a problem: We’re addicted to distraction.It’s as if going a single second without something to occupy our minds would...
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Ask the doc: I make sure to get enough sleep, but I still always...

“I make sure to get enough sleep, but I still always feel tired. Why could this be?”—Ariel, Lakewood, ColoradoThis is a very common dilemma. It can be helpful to determine whether you’re experiencing fatigue,...