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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.
When Must your Therapist Break Confidentiality?
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
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.
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.
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.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
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.
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.
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
Use This Simple Brain Hack to Finally Stop...
This article discusses a key mind hack to help put you in control of your worry.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
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
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.
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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
7 Red Flags of Autism
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
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.
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
Atypical Antipsychotics: Treatment for...
This article provides a brief review of atypical antipsychotic medications and how they compare to first generation antipsychotics.
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.
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!
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
5 Red flags that you are dating a narcissist
This article offers 5 red flags that you may be dating a narcissist.
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.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
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.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
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)
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
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)
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.
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.
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
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.
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)
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
anxiety disorders panic disorder generalized anxiety disorder GAD stress tension shyness allergic to people uptight
10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
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.
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
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.
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.
Depression - Evaluation & Treatment
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
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)
What are the treatments for depression?
What are the treatments for depression?
How To Be Assertive
A simple how to on being more assertive, from your about.com guide
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
Phobias and Social Anxiety Disorder
Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, involves overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. A specific phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Page 2.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
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.
7 Tips to Manage Your Stress
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
How To Calm Down in Under a Minute
a simple how to on diaphragmatic breathing, from Leonard Holmes, Ph.D., your about.com guide
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.
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.
Can you Pee in Public?
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
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.
Massachusetts Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Massachusetts
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.
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.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Busting the 10 BIggest Myths About Domestic...
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
SAMe is Effective for Depression
A summary of research on SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine) as an antidepressant.
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.
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.
New U.S. Medical Record Rulesl affect Mental...
New U.S. medical record regulations will affect mental health treatment. Psychotherapy notes receive more extensive protection than other medical records.
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
Louisiana Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Louisiana: mental health agency psychiatric residential facilities united parcel service state mental health agency mental health department
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.
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.
10 Risk Factors of Suicide
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
The Problem(s) with Managed Care 11/24/97
The Problem(s) with Managed Care Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.                      http://mentalhealth.about.com
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.
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.
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)
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the...
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
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.
Midlife Crisis Is Less Common than Many Believe
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)
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)
Are affairs unavoidable in long term relationsh...
This article answers the question whether affairs are unavoidable in a long term relationship or marriage.
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.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
8 Signs of Mania
This article discusses some signs of mania.
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and...
EMDR is a technique to treat PTSD and similar disorders on a short term basis.
Coping with a Family Rift
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.
Rhode Island Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Rhode Island
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.
Childhood Exposure to Media Violence Predicts...
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)
3 Killer Patterns in Relationships
This article discusses three common destructive patterns that take over relationships, and offers clear steps on what to do about them.
How do I find a therapist?
A personal recommendation is usually the best way to find a therapist. If you don't have that luxury, then try one of these approaches.
Tobacco Smoke May Act as Antidepressant Drug
Chronic smokers have biological changes in the brain similar to those caused by antidepressant drugs. The neurochemical abnormalities found in chronic smokers' brains can be produced by repeatedly treating laboratory animals with antidepressant drugs. (Archives of General Psychiatry's, Sep-2001)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - The Basics
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.
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.
For Women, The 12 Steps don't Always Work
12-step groups don't work for everyone. Women, especially, may have trouble with the emphasis on powerlessness. Groups like Women for Sobriety and Rational Recovery provide alternative approaches.
The Rise of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity...
New York Times article discusses the rise of ADHD in direct parallel with the marketing of this disorder and pharmaceutical sales.
Eating Disorders Require Medical Attention
FDA Information on teens and eating disorders: antidepressant prozac threatening eating disorders anorexia bulimia national center for health statistics treatment of bulimia
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with...
Chat, telephone and video software allow real-time communication on the Internet.
HealthFinder
healthfinder has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist consumers in finding health information.
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of...
Summary of the book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Love Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
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.
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.
Do you ever feel like you're from Mars?
This article discusses symptoms of depersonalization.
Finally Understanding Emotions
Research on emotions continues to shed new light on their purpose and how they are experienced.
Low Socioeconomic Status Is a Risk Factor for...
Does having a low socioeconomic status lead to depression or does depression lead a person into poverty? According to a study that examined a database of 34,000 patients with two or more psychiatric hospitalizations in Massachusetts during 1994-2000.
Negative Emotions Mellow with Age
A large longitudinal study finds that we feel less negative emotion as life progresses.
What to do if your friend may be suicidal
This article provides some advice on how to deal with a loved one who may be suicidal.
Managing Acute Stress: Diaphragmatic Breathing
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
What Is Risperdal (risperidone)?
Information about Risperdal (risperidone), the second approved atypical antidepressant which has fewer side effects than older medications.
Creative People Remember More Dreams
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)
How Healthy Relationships Change Our Brains
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
Depression in Children
Information about the different causes of depression and research into how depression develops. Page 2.
Exercise is an Effective Antidepressant
September 2000 study finds that exercise also keeps depression from returning.
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Stress Leaves Blood Vessels Tightly Wound
Mental stress causes the inner layer of the blood vessels to constrict, which may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death, researchers report. (Circulation, May-2002)

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