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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Guy looking in the mirror

Ask the doc: “Is it normal for moles to appear a lot more when...

—Lizette, Washington DCYes. It’s very common for people to acquire and lose moles over the course of their lifetime. Mole accumulation peaks in the 30s and after that, the overall number of moles tends...
Girl peeking through her hand

Ask the counselor: “How can I be less insecure?”

—Adam*, Washington DC (*Name changed)Congratulations! You’ve already completed the first step in becoming less insecure. You’re asking what you can do, which shows you already have confidence that’s just waiting to show itself to...
barbell in crosstraining gym

Ask the trainer: “I’d like to start lifting weights, but I never have before....

—Naomi H.*, College Park, Maryland(*Name changed)Lifting weights can be intimidating to newcomers. It’s a whole new world of machines, dumbbells, and ’80s headbands (the last one is optional). Resistance training is important, however, for...
Assortment of tea, honey, and fruit on a table

Ask the doc: “What are the best things to eat and drink when you...

—Karina, Fresno, California Colds are pretty common, especially when you’re sharing small spaces with hundreds or thousands of other students at school. And if you’re run down with the sniffles, your appetite is probably...
lonely girls on stairs

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...
Boy on a treadmill

Ask the trainer: “How do you stay motivated to work out?”

—Rachael, Laramie, WyomingOnce you get over the initial ugh, starting a workout program can be pretty exciting—and the motivation tends to come more easily in the beginning. But as time goes on, finding the...
Patient receiving blood pressure check

Ask the doc: “What can I do about my high blood pressure?”

—Blake*, San Diego, California(*Name changed)While it’s unusual for young people to have high blood pressure, it’s by no means unheard of, especially as rates of activity decline and rates of obesity increase.High blood pressure,...
African American female walking on campus

Ask the counselor: “How do I survive in a racist community?”

—Gala, Sioux Center, IowaIt’s not easy being in a community that you feel has hatred toward others because of their race. It’s stressful to hear negative comments or see discrimination and feel like there...
Mixed race male studying

Ask the academic advisor: “I’m trying to figure out what the best study method...

—Tanner*, Camarillo, California (*Name changed)I’m so glad you asked this question because it gives me an opportunity to address the process of choosing effective study strategies. In the spirit of education, let me begin with...
Colorful tissue box

Ask the doc: “How do I know if I have mono?”

—Camden*, Saint Louis, Missouri (*Name changed)I get this question fairly often. Here’s what’s important to know: Most students know someone who has been diagnosed with mono (infectious mononucleosis) in the past year and a...