Emotional Health INFO CENTER

Teaching Kids Not to Use

Kids learn reading, writing and math in school. But it's rare that they're taught to cope with stress and peer pressure. Education could include these life skills to lower substance misuse and abuse.

Getting Older & Getting Happier

According to recent research, people may get happier as they age. But that sense of well-being may be tied to how tough life was while growing up. A good economy may influence later happiness.

Family Problems May Produce Chronic Health Issues

An unstable home could have all sorts of negative outcomes for children. For example, children living in an unstable home may be more likely to have chronic health problems later in life.

Good Children's TV Matters

It may be unavoidable for children to watch a lot of TV. But watching the right programs, with positive behaviors and less violence, can make a difference on kids' behavior.

Recovering From Marital Spats

Even after making up, arguments can chip away at a relationship. Working out the distress from the fight with a quick writing exercise may help both partners let it go.

IBS Affects More Than Just the Patient

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be painful and interfere with many aspects of life. Partners of people with IBS may not feel the physical pain but they are affected by it.

Helping Teens Realize: People Can Change

Teenagers aren't exactly known for their level-headedness. Some can develop patterns of hostility or aggression. But a simple lesson might help change those patterns.

When Mom and Dad Play Favorites

While most parents try to treat all their children with the same attention, some will play favorites. The child left in the cold may suffer emotionally, but so might the "favorite" child.

HIV Patients Need Friendly Health Care

Sticking to a prescribed treatment plan is key for HIV maintenance, but many patients find it hard to get into the swing of things. Doctors and pharmacists may be able to help with the transition.

Does It Get Better? Kind of

Gay and lesbian role models often tell gay and lesbian youth that it gets better as you get older. Is it true? Well, there's good news and bad news.