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Stress Is Killing America's Young Women

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Alarming report shows that stress is driving girls to drugs, alcohol, and into states Of depression. Stress expert Dr. Kathleen Hall offers help with Innovative S.E.L.F.(TM) Program

A report released Thursday by the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, "Seventeen" magazine, and teen medical experts reveals that stress is driving girls into lethal behaviors that put their lives at risk. The report reveals that in 2004, 1.5 million girls started using alcohol, 173,000 more than the number of boys who started drinking. The report also shows there were 729,000 girls who started smoking cigarettes, 164,000 more than boys. The number of girls starting to use marijuana was 675,000, 98,000 more than boys.

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The report cites stress, such as peer pressure and the trials of being an adolescent in a fast-paced society, as the culprit for these and other dangerous behaviors in girls including eating disorders, other illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse, and low self esteem.

World-renowned stress expert, Dr. Kathleen Hall, Founder of The Stress Institute (http://www.thestressinstitute.com) and Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, has developed an innovative program to help combat the crisis of low self esteem in girls. Dr. Hall refers to low self esteem as "selficide" and her solution is "S.E.L.F(TM) Care", which stands for Serenity, Exercise, Love and Food - a program that blends science, psychology, and spirituality to create daily practices for improving one's mental health.

According to Dr. Hall, "Low self-esteem and depression are not problems that can be solved by these girls alone. The mental health of these young women is a family, community and societal problem that must be addressed as a whole." Dr. Hall points out that Dove has launched a campaign to directly attack this crisis with America's girls called, "The Real Beauty Campaign". Their research shows low self esteem is a crucial problem with girls and that 92% of girls want to change their appearance.

"S.E.L.F.(TM) Care" and "selficide" are essential elements discussed in Dr. Hall's new book "A Life In Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness", which was published last month.