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5 Ways to Slow Down When Life Gets Overwhelming
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.
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.
Study: What Do We Need to Be Happy?
This article reviews some of the key findings from the Harvard Grant study, the longest running study on humans.
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.
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.
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.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
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.
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.
Use This Simple Brain Hack to Finally Stop...
This article discusses a key mind hack to help put you in control of your worry.
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
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.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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.
Stay Mentally Healthy with Strong Social...
Strong social relationships lead to greater mental health, and lack thereof can be as predictive of health problems as smoking.
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.
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
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.
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.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
7 Tips to Manage Your Stress
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
Spreading Love Despite Mental Illness
Sara Woods is a business owner who has been diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses. This article shares her story, how she copes, and what keeps her strong.
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
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 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.
Thriving Despite Depression, Social Anxiety and...
This article features an interview with Miki Stephens Foster, ACC who is in recovery from depression, social anxiety disorder and substance abuse, and helping others do the same.
Protect Your Brain from Alzheimer's Using This...
This article discusses a diet that has been shown to be related to a reduced incidence of Alzheimer's disease in one body of research.
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.
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
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)
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.
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
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)
How Do I Know If It's an Emotional Affair?
This article explains how to identify an emotional affair and what to do about one.
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)
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.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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Atypical Antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
Save Your Relationship With Emotionally Focused...
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.
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)
The best gift for your significant other
This article discusses the best gift that you can give your significant other regardless of the occasion.
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.
Depression - Evaluation & Treatment
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
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.
The Science Behind Lucky Charms
This article explains why a good luck charm may actually be an asset in performance improvement.
Why Do People Cheat On Their Partners?
This article explores the question about why partners cheat on each other and how to affair-proof your relationship.
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
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.
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.
5 Simple Ways 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.
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
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
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.
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. Page 2.
One Strategy to Help Your Child When They're...
This article offers a strategy based on Dan Siegel's work about how to help calm one's emotionally overwhelmed child.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you suffering from a sleep disorder?
This article reviews five of the most common sleep disorders.
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)
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
anxiety disorders panic disorder generalized anxiety disorder GAD stress tension shyness allergic to people uptight
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.
Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of...
Summary of the book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Love Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
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 Healthy Relationships Change Our Brains
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
What's your brain's emotional style?
This article discusses six emotional dimensions and provides the reader with a way to understand where he or she falls along such spectra.
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.
Stress Management and Serenity
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
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.
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
How to create your best life using the tools...
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Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
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.
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.
How To Calm Down in Under a Minute
a simple how to on diaphragmatic breathing, from Leonard Holmes, Ph.D., your about.com guide
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.
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.
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and...
EMDR is a technique to treat PTSD and similar disorders on a short term basis.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
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.
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
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.
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)
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.
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
Babies' Attachment to Parents Affected by...
Babies who spend overnights in the separate residences of each parent after divorce or separation have difficulty establishing secure attachments to their parents.
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!
Review - Wherever You Go There You Are
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.
Got PTSD? Talk therapy helps.
Research suggests that psychotherapy can produce biological changes in the brains and gene expressions of those with PTSD.
How To Be Assertive
A simple how to on being more assertive, from your about.com guide
Schizophrenia Helpers
Patient advocacy and caregiver helps for schizophrenia.
Why do young people murder?
Incidents like the Columbine shootings are difficult for us to understand. These factors may play a role.
For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality
The book 'For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality' is a classic that is still one of the best books for inorgasmic women or women wanting to explore their sexuality.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Can your grandparents' trauma make you more...
Preliminary research with mice points to the possibility that memories may be passed down the generations through altered DNA.
Major Depression
A definition of major depression with links to various resources.
What is Psychotherapy?
At one level psychotherapy consists of two people sitting in a room talking. Why would anyone pay for this? Psychotherapists have been trained in techniques that allow them to treat mental disorders by talking with people.
Managing your Anger
Anger is an emotion that we all experience. It's not bad, but it can cause problems. Here are some ways to manage it.
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
Information about Some of the Newer 'Atypical'...
Information about some of the newer 'atypical' antidepressants - Buspar buspirone Desyrel trazodone Effexor venlafaxine Remeron mirtazapine Serzone nefazodone Wellbutrin bupropion.
10 Risk Factors of Suicide
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Running a Business with Fibromyalgia and...
This article features an up close and personal look at the life of Mary Caelsto, a business owner living with fibromyalgia and depression.
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.
Finding a Therapist in your Hometown
Therapist Directories - Find a counselor or therapist in your hometown
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.
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.
Managed Care and a Suicide Attempt
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
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.
Mental Illness Awareness
What is it about Mental Illness that we're supposed to be aware of?
Should Doctors Help you Kill Yourself?
The debate over assisted suicide rages in the U.S. and elsewhere. Should doctors help you kill yourself?
Improve your relationship in one weekend
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.
What Is Risperdal (risperidone)?
Information about Risperdal (risperidone), the second approved atypical antidepressant which has fewer side effects than older medications.
SSRI Antidepressants May Save Lives
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.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
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.
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.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
Negative Emotions Mellow with Age
A large longitudinal study finds that we feel less negative emotion as life progresses.
Overcoming Eating Disorders
This article reveals Anna Sperlich's journey with disordered eating and how she helps other women overcome their eating disorders by healing their relationships with themselves.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
Playing Games for Self-esteem
Scientists design world-first: computer games that enhance self-acceptance
Greater research on emotions lead to an...
Research on emotions continues to shed new light on their purpose and how they are experienced.
HealthFinder
healthfinder has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist consumers in finding health information.
Twins Have Lower Risk of Suicide than General...
Twins have a lower risk of suicide compared with the general population.
The Pros and Cons of Support Groups for Trauma...
The Pros and Cons of Support Groups for Trauma Survivors - Part 2 Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.                     
8 Signs of Mania
This article discusses some signs of mania.
The Debate over Recovered Memories
The debate over recovered memories still rages in some courts, therapists' offices, and homes.

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