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September 20th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

How can I help my teen be more responsible?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

Question asked by Risha from Sacramento:

My son suffers with anger and low self-esteem but is outrageously cocky toward me. He is almost 18, we don't get along lately, and I feel like he is jealous of my happiness. I feel like it is my fault, as I raised him as a single mom and spoiled him a lot, and now it feels like it has all backfired on me. I am crushed, but I am also starting to have my own resentment toward him.

He suffers from ADHD and most likely a mood disorder, but he refuses to make time to see the doctor. When I schedule appointments, he often wants to reschedule, which leads to having to start the whole process over. I don't want to give up, but with no support, I just don't know what to do. I am 35, I had him young, and I want to have a life, too; and I just don't see how that can happen when he refuses to help himself. It's like he wants me to do everything for him. Please advise.
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Study: For varicose veins, quicker treatment just as good
September 20th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Study: For varicose veins, quicker treatment just as good

To many mothers, it's just not fair. Nine months of pregnancy, giving birth to a child, and then there's a lasting, unwelcome reminder of the experience: Varicose veins.

The bulging, often painful swelling of blood in the legs can be treated, and a new study confirms that a less invasive method - widely available for about five years – also is slightly better at preventing varicose veins from returning.

The findings were published Monday in the Archives of Dermatology. FULL POST


Overeating? Which hand are you using?
A study suggests that the environment in which we eat “plays a big role” in how much we eat, a researcher says.
September 20th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Overeating? Which hand are you using?

It starts with a single potato chip.  After some rapid-fire munching, you find your fingers coated in oil and salt.  Before you know it, you’ve devoured an entire bag of chips while you're sitting in front of the TV.

Or maybe your food of passion is ice cream or pizza. Regardless, it’s caloric overload when you've polished off an entire large container all by yourself.

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