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5 Important Health Numbers You Should Know
Part 2 of Dr. Daniel Amen's series, 7 Steps to Prevent You from Losing Your Mind as you Age, discusses the importance of optimizing your important health numbers.
Keeping Your Mind Healthy as You Age: 7...
Part 1 of Dr. Daniel Amen's 7 steps to minimize your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, and keep your brain healthy throughout your life.
12 Common Risk Factors Alzheimer's and Dementia
Part 4 of Dr. Daniel Amen's 7 steps to minimizing your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, and keep your brain healthy throughout your life.
To Keep it Healthy, Help Your Brain in Multiple...
Part 3 of Dr. Daniel Amen's series, 7 Steps to Prevent You from Losing Your Mind as you Age, discusses the importance of optimizing your important health numbers.
What Do the Initials Mean After a Doctor’...
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc.
Why Feeling Sad Doesn’t Necessarily Mean...
Sadness is an emotion that we all feel at times. It's not the same as depression. Here are some ways to tell the difference.
When Must your Therapist Break Confidentiality?
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
What Are the Top Anti-Anxiety Medications?
Antianxiety medications help to calm and relax the anxious person and remove the troubling symptoms. There are a number of antianxiety medications currently available. The preferred medications for most anxiety disorders are the benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax/Zanex, and Ativan.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Even though many of us don't suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder, it is clear that some of us are mentally healthier than others.
6 Symptoms That May Not Point to Depression
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
Online Dating is Popular with Married Men and...
A study of Internet chat rooms explores the attitudes of married people who go there to meet someone of the opposite sex for cybersex or flirting. The study author contends that this is fast becoming the most common form of infidelity.
Why Your Therapist Is Not Your Friend
People often develop a close relationship with their therapist. You've been sitting in a room talking about very personal subjects, often with some frequency over time. Does this make you friends? Some people certainly expect that it does, but the therapist usually does not see it that way.
What Is Tardive Dyskinesia and What Causes It?
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a movement disorder that is caused by medications. This potentially permanent condition is a possible side-effect of long-term treatment with antipsychotic medications such as Thorazine and Haldol which are often used to treat schizophrenia and other major mental disorders.
How do I know if I'm right brained or left...
This article discusses offers some questions to help you determine whether you are left brain dominant or right brain dominant.
Atypical Antipsychotics: Treatment for...
This article provides a brief review of atypical antipsychotic medications and how they compare to first generation antipsychotics.
Depression - Evaluation & Treatment
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
Remeron/mirtazapine Effective, Safe for Senior...
A multicenter, phase-IV clinical trial headed by a Stanford University Medical Center professor has shown that an antidepressant known as mirtazapine works significantly faster, is more effective and causes fewer adverse side effects in elderly patients than does paroxetine, another commonly prescribed antidepressant. The research is the first direct comparison of the two drugs in treating elderly people suffering from a major depressive illness.
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
Use This Simple Brain Hack to Finally Stop...
This article discusses a key mind hack to help put you in control of your worry.
Suicide Rates Overstated in People with...
Mayo Clinic debunks the commonly held notion that about 15 percent of people diagnosed with depression will commit suicide. (American Journal of Psychiatry, 12-00)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
5 Tips to manage mental illness in a marriage
This article offers five tips to managing mental illness in a marriage or committed relationship.
7 Red Flags of Autism
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
This article offers a summary about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Most Intersex Adults Happy with Gender...
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center report that adults born with ambiguous genitalia - or malformations that make it difficult to determine sex of rearing - were generally content with the gender assigned to them at birth by their parents and doctors. A companion study showed that almost half of adult intersex patients knew little about their condition, and would like to know more. (Pediatrics, Sep-2002)
7 Tips to Manage Your Stress
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders
An overview of what you need to know about eating disorders, including their general characteristics, the main types, who is at risk, and other health effects.
Medications for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depression) is a mental health disorder characterized by mood swings. A number of different medications are used to treat the symptoms of this disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Linked to Peptic...
A new finding of a link between an anxiety disorder and peptic ulcer disease lends support to the view that this gastrointestinal disease and anxiety disorder may share a common link. In recent years, attention has focused on a more biological element with the identification of bacteria as a cause of peptic ulcers. (Psychosomatic Medicine, Nov/Dec-2002)
Major Depression and Manic-Depression —...
From Michael G. Rayel, M.D. - Patients and their family members have asked me about manic­ depression and major depression. “Is there any difference?” “Are they one and the same?” “Is the treatment the same?” And so on. Each time I encounter a chorus of questions like these, I am enthused to provide answers.
5 Easy Ways to Cope with a Poor Night's Sleep
This article offers five ways of coping with a poor night's sleep so that you can still feel your best.
Can a Gym Session Improve Your Mental Well-Being?
We know that exercise has positive effects on the brain. Researchers at Duke University demonstrated several years ago that exercise has antidepressant properties. Other research has shown that exercise can improve the brain functioning of the elderly, and may even protect against dementia. How does exercise improve mental health?
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Athletes' Wives Must Cope with "Adultery...
Many wives of professional male athletes have to consider the possibility of their husbands' infidelity, particularly during a long season with numerous road trips. How they handle their fear and stress varies and may depend on their motivation for marriage.
Do I Have a Mental Disorder?
Most of us wonder this at sometime in our life. We all have moods that swing at times, and we all worry. Here are some ways to know if it's time to seek help.
Paxil approved for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
Disgust, Not Fear, Drives Homophobia
Homophobia is not an actual phobia, say Arkansas psychologists. In a recent study, they found that homophobia originates not out of fear -- as true phobias do -- but from feelings of disgust. They also found close associations between homophobic tendencies and concerns about contamination. (Am. Psychological Society, 9-Jun-2002)
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
3 Key Factors Your Relationship Needs
Dr. Sue Johnson has explained that healthy relationships consist of three key factors that are discussed in this article.
News for Absent-Minded: How to Improve Your...
Are you concerned that you couldn't remember the name of the familiar-looking woman who said hello to you in the restaurant last night? You probably don't have much to worry about, says an internationally recognized Alzheimer's disease researcher at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
OCD - What Causes it?  Do I have it?...
More information on OCD from NIMH: ocd patients attention deficit disorder neurotransmitter serotonin positron emission tomography pet obsessive compulsive disorder
The surprising most important thing to look for...
This article discusses the single most important factor in choosing the right therapist for you, and it is probably not what you think!
Dissociative Disorders
Information about Dissociative Disorders and the effects of trauma
10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
Learn About the Stages of Sleep
This article reviews the stages of sleep.
Don't Let These 5 Things Affect Your Self Esteem
How do you stay cool, composed and sustain self esteem in a tough environment? Here are some tips you may to consider as a starter guide to self improvement. A reader-submitted article.
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
Does Intelligence Decline with Aging?
Does intelligence decline with aging? That question being debated among psychologists worldwide will be the focus of a study by a West Virginia University Assistant Professor of Psychology.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
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Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
Gestalt Psychology 101
This article reviews some basics about gestalt psychology.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
10 Risk Factors of Suicide
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
Five Major Personality Dimensions
This article describes the five major personality dimensions that many researchers agree best define personality.
Eeww . . . Gross! How Your Brain Processes...
Understanding how the brain processes emotion has important implications for diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia--researchers now report on an important brain center for processing disgust. (Annals of Neurology, 14-Feb-2003)
What is a psychotherapist?
This article reviews what psychotherapy is and an overview of the types of professionals who provide psychotherapy.
Antidepressant Medications
Antidepressant medications are one of the most important treatments for depression. Along with psychotherapy, these medications can be lifesaving, and they improve the quality of life for millions.
Medications for Bipolar Disorder - More Than...
Bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depression) is a mental health disorder characterized by mood swings. A number of different medications are used to treat the symptoms of this disorder. Page 2.
Forced Mental Health Treatment Has a Place
The New York Court of Appeals has upheld the state law allowing concerned family and friends to seek a court order forcing a patient to accept mental health treatment.
7 Tips for getting better sleep
This article offers seven tips for getting better sleep.
Schizoaffective Disorder
What do you get when you cross schizophrenia with bipolar disorder? Schizoaffective disorder. It's actually not quite that simple, but that's a good way to think of this disorder.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
How and Why Is the American Family Changing?
America's family album has undergone a revamping over the past several decades. Ozzie and Harriet, at least, would be a bit surprised at the newly revised edition. LSU researchers can offer insights about what's in store for the family as the 21st century presses onward.
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Body Odor, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Human pheromones are thought to play a role in sexual attraction, despite the fact that Western cultures cover-up human body odor. Research has found some interesting relationships between sexual orientation and preference for human body odors.
Does going to psychotherapy mean you are crazy?
This article debunks the myth that only crazy people see psychotherapists, and sheds some light on what psychotherapy really is.
5 Red flags that you are dating a narcissist
This article offers 5 red flags that you may be dating a narcissist.
Major Stress During Pregnancy Linked To Autism
Women who have had a major stressful event - death of a spouse, job loss, or a long-distance move - midway through their pregnancy may have a greater chance of having an autistic child than do their unstressed counterparts, according to a new study.
Mental Health Affects Heart Risks
Several psychological factors can take a toll on heart health, although each factor seems to act at different stages through different mechanisms, research suggests.
Can you Pee in Public?
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
Mental Health Resources - Current Topics in...
These articles deal with various contemporary real world mental health issues - from your About.com Guide to Mental Health Resources
Study Looks At Students' Drinking Misperception...
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What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
Loneliness: Deadlier than you think
Loneliness has devastating effects on physical health. This article reviews some of the literature that exists on loneliness and why it is so damaging.
What is Cognitive Therapy?
Cognitive therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on a person's beliefs and expectations. The patient or client modifies their thinking in order to modify their emotions or change self-defeating behaviors.
A Diagnosis with a Bad Rap
Borderline Personality Disorder is a diagnosis that is sometimes misused. Here's the official definition and information about what it means.
Antidepressants for More than Depression
Antidepressant medications are used to treat more than depression. Some antidepressants are used to help you sleep; others treat anxiety; and some can be used to help relieve certain types of pain.
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
Got PTSD? Talk therapy helps.
Research suggests that psychotherapy can produce biological changes in the brains and gene expressions of those with PTSD.
Widowhood: Some Common Myths
Losing a spouse is one of the most stressful events a person can experience. But most older adults are resilient and bounce back to earlier levels of physical and psychological health within 18 months of their loss, according to new research on bereavement from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.
Psychiatric Hospital Occupancy Rates Peak,...
Access to behavioral health services may be a growing challenge in many communities as psychiatric hospital occupancy rates reach the highest levels in more than five years, according to annual survey data released by the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
Are you suffering from a sleep disorder?
This article reviews five of the most common sleep disorders.
Massachusetts Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Massachusetts
Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmen...
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs), cause severe and pervasive impairment in thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others. These disorders are usually first diagnosed in early childhood and range from a severe form, called autistic disorder, through pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), to a much milder form, Asperger syndrome. They also include two rare disorders, Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder.
Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Right Side of Brain May be Key to Recognizing...
The right side of the brain helps people recognize themselves in a picture, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. (Nature, 1-18-01)
The Dos and Don'ts of Taking the Perfect Nap
This article discusses how to take a perfect nap so you can wake up replenished and ready to take on the second half of your day.
Lamictal doesn't cause Weight Gain in Patients...
Results from an analysis presented in May of 2004 show that long-term treatment with Lamictal (lamotrigine) is not associated with clinically relevant changes in weight when used in patients with bipolar I disorder compared to placebo.
Treatment Strategies for Eating Disorders
A look at various treatment strategies for eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating, from psychologist and About.com Mental Health Resources Guide, Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
5 Surprising early warning signs of an abusive...
This article reviews five surprising early warning signs of an abusive relationship.
Make Better Decisions
Good decisions are made using the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Here's an approach to help you make better decisions.
Louisiana Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Louisiana
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and...
EMDR is a technique to treat PTSD and similar disorders on a short term basis.
Brain Scan can Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease
Right now, doctors can only diagnose Alzheimer's disease definitively through an autopsy -- but research suggests that PET scans could soon be widely used to diagnose and guide treatment for those with Alzheimer's and the dementia disorders that mimic it.
Mental Health Medications
Medications are often used to treat mental health problems. They don't cure, but they can be very effective at managing symptoms. Antipsychotic medications are the first line treatments for schizophrenia and similar disorders.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
How the Miracle Question can Get You A Miracle
This post is about the Miracle Question in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and how it can be used to create miracles in your life.
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
Panic Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is also called Social Phobia. It is sometimes thought of as a fear of social situations. Other phobias are fears of specific things or situations.
Why doesn't she just leave?
This article explains some of the factors involved with domestic violence and why leaving an abusive situation does not always seem to be an option.
Maybe it's not Too Late - Growing new Brain...
Preserve your brain power as you grow older
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
An Ancient Method to Help With Anxiety
Struggling with anxiety is all too common. Mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationship with anxiety and relieve the suffering as a result.
Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
This article shares Kaitlin Snow's experience with obsessive compulsive disorder as well as her advice to anyone suffering from it.
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Classes of Antidepressants
Tricyclic antidepressants are tried-and-true medications that can lift depression, but may cause some side effects. SSRIs are newer drugs that have different side effects. Page 2.
How to foster resiliency
This article offers some tips on how to foster resiliency, which is the ability to recover and thrive from adverse events.
What Makes People The Happiest? Not Money Or...
Attaining popularity or influence and money or luxury is not what makes people the happiest and is at the bottom of the list of psychological needs, according to a new study. Topping the list of needs that appear to bring happiness are autonomy, competence, relatedness and self-esteem. (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2-01)
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
One Woman's Journey With Bipolar II and Social...
This article describes Kimberly Lin Pollard's journey with bipolar II depression and social anxiety disorder, and offers advice for anyone struggling with these conditions.
5 Simple Tips to Make New Friends
Making new friends can be hard for many, and yet having strong social connections is critical for health. This article offers 5 simple tips to make friends.
What is Gestalt Therapy?
This article reviews some basics about gestalt therapy.
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
What is constructivism and what does it have to...
This article describes the theory of constructivism. It reviews information about constructive therapies and how promising and hopeful they can be.
The darker side of comedy
This article discusses how sometimes those who seem least likely to be depressed, e.g. funny people, can actually be struggling in silence with depression.
Do you ever feel like you're from Mars?
This article discusses symptoms of depersonalization.
Emailing Your Doctor or Therapist
Despite the fact that most doctors and therapists have email, it's difficult for a patient to contact them. Read about some of the issues.
The truth about multiple personalities
This article discusses what Dissociative Identity Disorder is and a few basics about this often misunderstood psychiatric diagnosis.
5 Important Qualities of a Psychotherapist
This article reviews five important qualities of any psychotherapist.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
Managing Acute Stress: Diaphragmatic Breathing
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
Drug Reduces Kids' Anxiety With Few Side Effects
A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and four other medical centers have found that the antidepressant drug fluvoxamine significantly lowers anxiety without major side effects in most children who take it. (New England Journal of Medicine, Apr-2001)
The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Child's...
This article offers a few simple strategies on how to help your children develop self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
Self Harm: The Story of a Survivor
This interview shares the story of a business owner who has also struggled with self-harm.
Many Pregnant Women Are Depressed
One in five pregnant women may have symptoms of depression, but few are getting help for it, a new study finds. Those with a history of depression any time before their pregnancy are twice as likely to show signs of depression while pregnant, the results show.
Side Effects of Antidepressants
Antidepressants have different side effects in different people. Older medications may cause dry mouth and sedation, while newer ones may decrease sexual desire. Page 3.
How to get Help If You're Depressed
Getting less depressed takes time. There are steps that you can take that will eventually pay off.
Possible New Huntington's Disease Treatment
Stanford University Medical Center researchers have discovered a potential treatment for Huntington's disease. By enhancing the brain's natural protective response to the disease, researchers were able to alleviate the uncontrollable tremors and prolong the lives of mice with a neurological disorder that mimics Huntington's. Their finding suggests that a similar treatment strategy may be effective in humans. (Nature Medicine, Feb-2002)
Managed Care and a Suicide Attempt
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
A Coach's Journey With Depression and Anxiety
This article shares the journey of Personal Development Coach, Natalie Edwards, with depression and anxiety.
What to Do with Those Antidepressant Side...
Antidepressant side effects are real and negatively affect patient’s compliance. Many patients consider stopping the medication even at the risk of relapse because of distressing side effects. How do you deal with some of the common antidepressant side effects?

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