- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: Mental health care providers — finding the care you need
Finding a mental health care provider
If you've never seen a mental health provider before, you may not know how to find one who suits your specific needs. Do you need a psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor? Finding the right match is crucial to establishing a good relationship and getting the most out of your treatment. Here are some things to keep in mind as you search for a mental health provider.
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Childhood vaccines: Tough questions, straight answers
Childhood vaccines protect children from several serious or potentially fatal diseases, including tetanus, measles, mumps, chickenpox, diphtheria, polio, flu (influenza) and whooping cough (pertussis). Vaccination can help prevent these diseases and their potentially serious complications. Still you might wonder about the benefits and risks. What about side effects? Do vaccines cause autism? Is it OK to skip certain vaccines? Here are straight answers to common questions about childhood vaccines.
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Air pollution and exercise: Is outdoor exercise risky?
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Breast implants: Saline versus silicone
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