Mental Health: Most Popular Articles
This article offers 3 steps to take to avoid overeating during holiday feasts and other celebrations.
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc.
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.
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
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.
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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.
This article discusses three common mistakes that people make in relationships and what to do about them.
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
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.
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Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
This article answers common questions about emotional eating and what to do about it.
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
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?
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.
Traces of the anti-depressant Prozac (fluoxitine) have been found in the United Kingdom's water supply.
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.
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.
This article reviews five simple yet powerful steps that you can take to reduce overwhelm and slow down, even when it feels like your life is moving at the speed of light.
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
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.
A journal article reported that 11 patients with Parkinsons disease developed pathological gambling behavior following dopamine agonist therapy, a drug therapy to control movement problems caused by Parkinsons disease.
This article discusses offers some questions to help you determine whether you are left brain dominant or right brain dominant.
It is possible to improve your relationship and gain a better understanding of it in just one weekend, without having to go to couples therapy.
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
Dr. Sue Johnson has explained that healthy relationships consist of three key factors that are discussed in this article.
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality 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.
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.
This article shares some information about bulimia nervosa including its prevalence, symptoms, consequences, warning signs and disorders that co-occur.
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.
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
This post discusses research demonstrating how social and physical pain are registered similarly in the brain, and how a pain-reliever can reduce hurt feelings.
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
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.
This article shares some facts about seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that often masks itself as the winter blues.
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
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)
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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)
This article describes anorexia nervosa, a mental health disorder with one of the highest death rates.
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
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.
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This article explores the question about why partners cheat on each other and how to affair-proof your relationship.
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.
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
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.
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
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This article discusses six emotional dimensions and provides the reader with a way to understand where he or she falls along such spectra.
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.
The SSRI class of antidepressants has been under attack in the past few years, since some studies suggested that these drugs can increase the risk of suicide in young people. A July 2006 study has found that suicide rates in the U.S. have decreased as the rate of fluoxetine (Prozac) prescriptions has increased.
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.
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)
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.
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Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
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)
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.
Borderline Personality Disorder is a diagnosis that is sometimes misused. Here's the official definition and information about what it means.
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
While glamorous stars get into the spotlight when there's a rift in their family, the problem afflicts ordinary folk with a surprising frequency as well.
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
This article explains how to identify an emotional affair and what to do about one.
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
Antidepressant side effects are real and negatively affect patients 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?
Fathers who leave their families may increase their daughters' risk for early sexual activity and teenage pregnancy, suggest the results of long-term studies in the United States and in New Zealand. (Child Development, 2003)
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Persons with mental disorders make up nearly half of the U.S. tobacco market. A new Harvard study finds that they are twice as likely to smoke as other Americans.
A diagnosis that is sometimes misused: social anxiety disorder mental health resources anxious anticipation american psychiatric association social phobia
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.
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
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)
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
A new study shows that short intervention programs for children of divorced parents can significantly reduce long-term diagnosis of mental disorder in the children. (JAMA, 16-Oct-2002)
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.
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.
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
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This article debunks five common myths about suicide.
This article discusses the single most important factor in choosing the right therapist for you, and it is probably not what you think!
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
A unique experiment that studied chemical activity in the brains of human volunteers while they experienced sustained pain and reported how they felt is providing new insights into the body's natural painkiller system - and why each of us experiences pain differently. (Science, 13-Jul-2001)
A professor who has done extensive research on driver distractions says the average person is only capable of dividing their attention among four objects at any given time. Throw a cell phone conversation, handheld or hands-free, while driving and its a recipe for disaster.
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
This article discusses the best gift that you can give your significant other regardless of the occasion.
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.
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.
Information about this treatment for mental disorders.
This article answers the question whether affairs are unavoidable in a long term relationship or marriage.
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
The number of Alzheimer's cases is expected to triple over the next 20 years as our population ages. The good news is that this devastating and high-profile disease is receiving a lot of attention from the medical community.
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For the first time, UCLA neurobiologists have discovered that two systems in the brain interact to generate breathing rhythm -- a finding that may translate into better treatment for sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome. (Neuron, 6-Mar-2003)
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.
The Relaxation Response is a simple form of meditation that anyone can use. Using this technique daily can decrease stress in your life and help you focus.
Genetically and physically, male babies born with a condition called "micropenis" are more likely to achieve psychological and sexual well-being in adulthood if raised male, according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and three other centers. (Hormone Research, Jan-2002)
Addiction is a common problem but myths still exist around this issue. This article describes five popular myths about addiction.
This article discusses three common destructive patterns that take over relationships, and offers clear steps on what to do about them.
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A 2001 study found some intriguing relationships between political ideology and dreams.
Relief from pain may only be a joystick away. Results of new study from Wheeling Jesuit University suggest video games can distract someone's attention from a painful activity, and can help people with chronic pain problems, particularly children. (Meeting: North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity)
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
Couples can learn communication techniques to prevent violence from becoming part of their relationship.
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
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)
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.
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
This article discusses four hazards that entrepreneurship has on a relationship and how to avoid them.
It is estimated that 3-4% of the general population suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by excessive worry that occurs more often than not for a period of at least 6 months.
Therapist Directories - Find a counselor or therapist in your hometown
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.
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
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)
This article discusses four steps to having a difficult, but important, conversation with someone.
The arguments for and against psychologist prescribing privileges.
Struggling with anxiety is all too common. Mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationship with anxiety and relieve the suffering as a result.
New U.S. medical record regulations will affect mental health treatment. Psychotherapy notes receive more extensive protection than other medical records.
The experiences of millions of people have proved that antidepressants work, but only with the advent of sophisticated imaging technology have scientists begun to learn exactly how the medications affect brain structures and circuits to bring relief from depression. (Am. J. of Psychiatry, Jan-2003)
Getting less depressed takes time. There are steps that you can take that will eventually pay off.
This article offers 5 steps that you can take to affair-proof your committed relationship or marriage.
Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a new study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Babies who spend overnights in the separate residences of each parent after divorce or separation have difficulty establishing secure attachments to their parents.
Whoever wants less of a relationship has more power
An overview of what you need to know about the eating disorder known as bulimia nervosa, including its symptoms and risks, and other health effects, from psychologist and About.com Mental Health Resources Guide, Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.
More Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Researchers have found an association between weather and the occurrence of stroke and transient ischemic attack. Results of the 14-year longitudinal study of 3,289 first-time stroke patients are being presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Denver April 13-20.
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.