Mental Health: Most Popular Articles
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc.
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.
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.
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
This article offers five steps to greatly improving your relationship.
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.
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
This article discusses three common mistakes that people make in relationships and what to do about them.
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.
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.
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
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.
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
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.
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?
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.
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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 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.
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)
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Dr. Sue Johnson has explained that healthy relationships consist of three key factors that are discussed in this article.
Babies who spend overnights in the separate residences of each parent after divorce or separation have difficulty establishing secure attachments to their parents.
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.
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.
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
Addiction is a common problem but myths still exist around this issue. This article describes five popular myths about addiction.
This article discusses offers some questions to help you determine whether you are left brain dominant or right brain dominant.
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
This article discusses three common destructive patterns that take over relationships, and offers clear steps on what to do about them.
Road Rage is a popular topic. Why do we get so angry on the highway and how can we stay safe?
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 on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of 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.
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.
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety 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)
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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.
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
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 summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder. Page 2.
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.
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
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.
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There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
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)
Borderline Personality Disorder is a diagnosis that is sometimes misused. Here's the official definition and information about what it means.
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.
This article discusses 6 predictors of divorce, according to Dr. John Gottman, renown relationship expert and researcher.
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?
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
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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.
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Male perpetrators of child sexual abuse were more likely to have been abused as children than males who did not sexually abuse children. 35% of male perpetrators of sexual abuse had also been victims of such abuse, while 11 % of males who had not perpetrated abuse had been victims of child sexual abuse. This finding is based on a population of 747 males.
Strong social relationships lead to greater mental health, and lack thereof can be as predictive of health problems as smoking.
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
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)
About 25 percent of middle-aged Americans think they've had a midlife crisis, yet only about 15 percent of them really have, says Cornell sociologist Elaine Wethington. Her study also found that women report as many midlife crises as men. (Motivation and Emotion, 10-00)
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
This article offers a brief review of Dan Siegel's 2011 book The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind.
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.
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)
Incidents like the Columbine shootings are difficult for us to understand. These factors may play a role.
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.
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Scientists design world-first: computer games that enhance self-acceptance
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.
This article discusses the often overlooked importance of effective dependency with others as a step along the road to independence.
Struggling with anxiety is all too common. Mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationship with anxiety and relieve the suffering as a result.
This article offers a few simple strategies on how to help your children develop self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
September 2000 study finds that exercise also keeps depression from returning.
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.
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.
Whoever wants less of a relationship has more power
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
Survey reveals teens stress levels are as high as adults, as well as more on how stress affects Americans. Ways of coping with stress are offered.
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)
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
Is your mind sharp but more and more, you are forgetful? It could indicate mild cognitive impairment, a specific type of memory loss where the ability to remember recently acquired information declines.
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
The Holidays and other family times are not always easy. Here are some tips to help.
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.
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Marie Forleo interviews Dr. Edward Hallowell, ADHD expert, on how to get stuff done. He offers five great tips on how to get things done.
This article discusses therapy dogs, service dogs, and how they can be helpful to people from all walks of life.
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The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Loneliness has devastating effects on physical health. This article reviews some of the literature that exists on loneliness and why it is so damaging.
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.
Borderline personality disorder has been thought to be a chronic disorder with a poor prognosis. New research suggests that things may not be quite as bad as we thought.
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Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
Save your relationship with Emotionally Focused Therapy, a form of couples therapy that has been proven to help couples move from distress to deepened connections.
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
Getting less depressed takes time. There are steps that you can take that will eventually pay off.
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)
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.
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Children's viewing of violent TV shows, their identification with aggressive same-sex TV characters, and their perceptions that TV violence is realistic are all linked to later aggression as young adults, for both males and females, according to a 15-year study. (Developmental Psychology, Mar-2003)
Research shows there's a biological mechanism for repressed memories. See how the brain blocks unpleasant and unwanted memories.
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)
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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)
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
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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.
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
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)
New U.S. medical record regulations will affect mental health treatment. Psychotherapy notes receive more extensive protection than other medical records.
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)
Women who marry alcoholics may have unique characteristics that influence their partner's drinking, according to new research. (Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Sep-2002)
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.
The debate over assisted suicide rages in the U.S. and elsewhere. Should doctors help you kill yourself?
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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.
The arguments for and against psychologist prescribing privileges.
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Preliminary research with mice points to the possibility that memories may be passed down the generations through altered DNA.
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
Social workers are trained to help clients with drug and alcohol problems, but that does not mean they are immune from the problems themselves. Twelve percent of social workers in a recent study were at serious risk of alcohol or drug abuse.
Friends, family and positive experiences accumulate over a lifetime to help counteract the normal wear and tear of life, according to a new study. (Psychosomatic Medicine, May/Jun-2002)
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
Teenagers are less likely to start having sex when their mothers are involved in their lives, have a close relationship with them, and stress the importance of education, according to new findings from the largest survey ever conducted with adolescents in the United States. (J. of Adolescent Health, Sep-2002; Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 2002)
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
People who are creative, imaginative, and prone to fantasy are more likely to have vivid dreams at night and to remember them when they wake up, University of Iowa research shows. (Personality and Individual Differences, May-2003)
This article discusses Dr. Dan Siegel's metaphor of the river of well-being to represent mental health and brain integration.
Patients don't always respond to antidepressants. Psychiatrists have several options when this happens.
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