Metropolitan Family Services
Employee Assistance Network
One North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60602
(800) 905-0994

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Addictions. Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. More...
Addictions: Alcohol and Substance Abuse. People who become addicted to alcohol/drugs are gradually introduced and desensitized to them over a period of time. More...
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This topic center provides a detailed description of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), its causes, symptoms and treatments. ADHD is a neurological disorder that develops during childhood and can persist into adulthood. More...
Adoption. Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. More...
Aging & Geriatrics. This topic center provides information about disease prevention and health promotion activities which can help you prevent, delay, or manage problems associated with aging. More...
Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders. This topic center provides information on Alzheimer's Dementia, other forms of dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders such as Delirium, all of which cause problems with thinking, memory, attention, judgment and emotion regulation. More...
Anger Management. Anger is a basic and normal emotion, but one that can easily become destructive and lead to health and social problems. Explore information in this topic center on the nature of anger, and anger management therapy and techniques. More...
Autism. This topic center provides a comprehensive overview of causes and treatments for Autism, a brain disease characterized by the presence of severe communication, language and social deficits in affected persons. More...
Child Care. This topic center provides information on choosing and selecting childcare or daycare, including types of daycare, license issues, how to search for daycare and the interview process. More...
Colds and Flu. A cold and the flu (also called influenza) are alike in many ways. But the flu can sometimes lead to more serious problems, like the lung disease pneumonia. More...
Dating. The term 'dating' refers to a process through which a person gets together with another person to explore the possibilities of romantic and sexual coupling. More...
Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties. This topic center is a comprehensive overview of the unipolar mood disorders with an emphasis on the causes of and treatments for depression. More...
Disasters. Disasters are highly disruptive events that cause suffering, hardship, injury and even death, and the interruption of commerce/business. More...
Divorce. Divorce refers to the often messy and painful end of a marriage. This topic center provide a comprehensive overview of the emotional and legal divorce and separation process. More...
Economic Stress. Unexpected economic stress has an impact on everyone, but people suffering from depression or other mental health issues are especially vulnerable. Psychological research points to some good news, however. Healthy coping strategies, clear communication, and social support during a job search can help soften the blow and even contribute to growth in the long run. More...
Elder Care. One of the biggest decisions a family may have to make is to determine how to provide care for elderly parents/relatives when those elders are no longer able to live independently. More...
Emotional Resilience. This topic center surveys Emotional Resilience: that collection of skills, characteristics, habits and outlooks that make it possible to remain maximally flexible and fresh in the face of stress. More...
Employee Work Performance Toolbox. Tools to support employee goals. Topics include: managing stress in the workplace, creative problem solving, conflict management and resolution, and finding work-life balance. More...
Family & Relationship Issues. Family and personal relationships and friendships can be very difficult to handle. We've gathered resources to help you learn about and better manage relationship problems you may be experiencing. More...
Financial Issues. A primer on personal finance addressing important aspects of money management. More...
Heart Disease. The general term used to cover malfunctions of the heart is Heart Disease, or sometimes Cardiac Disease. Though there are multiple forms of heart disease, our discussion focuses on the two most common: Heart Attack and Heart Failure. More...
High Blood Pressure. High blood pressure, called hypertension by doctors, affects nearly one out of every three Americans. More...
Leadership Development. Today's leaders can and should draw on 'new' management knowledge accumulated, tested, and found to be true repeatedly since World War II. More...
Legal Issues. More...
Life Issues. Life issues are common problems, issues and/or crises that happen to normal people living normal lives. Examples include managing one's relationships so that they are healthy and functional, surviving disabilities, coping with grief, loss and self-esteem issues. More...
Lifespan Development. Knowing something about how people typically develop themselves over time helps us to place our problems and illnesses into context, and also suggests ways that our problems can be fixed. More...
Medical Disorders. In this family of topic centers, you will find information concerning common medical disorders. More...
Mental Disorders. In this family of topic centers, you will find information concerning various mental disorders. More...
Parenting. It's normal for new parents and caregivers to feel a mixture of excitement, joy, and love along with some anxiety, fear, and a little trepidation. More...
Relationship Problems. Our aim here is to educate the reader about the nature of marriage or marriage-like relationship problems and what can be done to solve them when that is possible. More...
Self Esteem. Low self-esteem keeps you from enjoying life, doing the things you want to do, and working toward personal goals. More...
Smoking. An overview of smoking cessation (ways to quit smoking), considered from a behavioral medicine point of view. We describe arguments for quitting, and survey various methods and treatments which can help people quit. More...
Stress Reduction and Management. A comprehensive overview of how to reduce stress. We cover the nature of stress, and the many different methods people can use to reduce and manage their stress. More...
Stroke. Minor damage to any part of the brain can have a serious adverse effect on the rest of the body. Significant damage to the brain can even result in death. More...
Supervisor Work Performance Toolbox. Subjects covered in this topic area include strategies for motivating people, improving emotional intelligence, ideas for coaching employees, and resolving conflicts. More...
Weight Loss. A comprehensive overview of the weight loss process, considered from a behavioral health and motivational point of view, and describing the various methods people find most useful for successfully and permanently losing weight. More...
Wellness and Personal Development. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention, stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. More...
Workplace Issues. Tips and information about setting up working environments that foster teamwork, creativity, and open communcation. More...

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