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8 Signs That it's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
When Must your Therapist Break Confidentiality?
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
Anti-Anxiety Medications
Antianxiety medications help to calm and relax the anxious person and remove the troubling symptoms. There are a number of antianxiety medications currently available. The preferred medications for most anxiety disorders are the benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax/Zanex, and Ativan.
What do the letters mean after the name?
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc. Page 2.
Maybe It's Not Depression
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
Sadness Is not Depression
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.
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.
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
Antipsychotic Medications
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
Build Your Self Esteem, a Guide to Self...
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.
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder...
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Tardive Dyskinesia
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.
Ten Tips for Managing Conflict, Tension and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
How Does Exercise Improve Mental Health?
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?
Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
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.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
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Whoever wants Less of a Relationship has More...
Whoever wants less of a relationship has more power
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 Road Rage a Mental Disorder?
Road Rage is a popular topic. Why do we get so angry on the highway and how can we stay safe?
Why do young people murder?
Incidents like the Columbine shootings are difficult for us to understand. These factors may play a role.
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.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
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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.
7 Red Flags of Autism
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
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)
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.
Father's Absence Increases Daughter's Risk of...
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)
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
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.
Why this dirty word can actually be good for you
This article discusses why some selfishness can be crucial to your wellness and how to be healthfully selfish.
Five common myths about addiction
Addiction is a common problem but myths still exist around this issue. This article describes five popular myths about addiction.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
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)
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
Atypical Antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
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.
Treatments For Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Video Game Violence Research Yields Mixed Results
Violent video games can increase aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, both in the short- and long-term, according to a review of the last 20 years of research. Another recent study found no increased violence in players of a particular game Asheron's Call 2.
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
3 Key Factors in Healthy Relationships
Dr. Sue Johnson has explained that healthy relationships consist of three key factors that are discussed in this article.
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
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.
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 Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
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.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
Rhode Island Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Rhode Island
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents
Another View of Attention Deficit Disorder
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder. Page 2.
Playing Games for Self-esteem
Scientists design world-first: computer games that enhance self-acceptance
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Can you Pee in Public?
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
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.
How to get your partner to open up
This article offers advice on how you might be able to reach a partner who is shut down or withdrawn.
Review - Wherever You Go There You Are
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
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.
Treatment Strategies for Eating Disorders
A look at various treatment strategies for eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating, from psychologist and About.com Mental Health Resources Guide, Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.
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)
Exercise is an Effective Antidepressant
September 2000 study finds that exercise also keeps depression from returning.
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the...
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
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.
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
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.
Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
MRI Shows Brain Activation in Patients Without...
Even patients who were born without a sense of smell--a rare condition called congenital hyposmia--show activity in the areas of the brain responsible for smell.
What is early intervention for children with...
This research describes what early intervention services are for children with autism and ASD.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
Five Great Tips to Get Stuff Done
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.
Getting Together with Family
The Holidays and other family times are not always easy. Here are some tips to help.
Paxil approved for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
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.
HealthFinder
healthfinder has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist consumers in finding health information.
Right Side of Brain May be Key to Recognizing...
The right side of the brain helps people recognize themselves in a picture, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. (Nature, 1-18-01)
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
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.
Is Energy Psychology For Real?
Energy Psychology combines Eastern approaches to the mind and body with Western psychotherapy. Practitioners claim that tapping acupuncture points while thinking about an anxiety-producing event can cure anxiety and phobias.
Sex Can Wait Program Effective with High School...
In the midst of the debate about the effectiveness of abstinence education programs in high schools, a program developed at the University of Arkansas has been shown to work with high school students. (Am. J. of Health Behavior, Sep/Oct-2002)
Natural Does Not Mean Safe in Herbal Medicines
Herbal medicines date back to 2800 BC, but combining them with today's drugs may prove deadly.
Biofeedback
In biofeedback you get extra feedback about your body in order to learn how to gain more control over it.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
How to worry less
A simple How to on worrying less, from your About.com Guide
Managed Care and a Suicide Attempt
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
DSM-IV
A definition of the DSM-IV with links to resources
Children Spend More Time Playing Video Games...
Boys spend twice as much time playing video games as girls, but the gap is expected to close as more games are designed for girls with their preferences in mind, a survey released today has found.
What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy involves a whole family, or several family members, all meeting with a therapist. Family therapy can be helpful if a family is having problems getting along. It can also be used with one family member has a problem, and family relationships may be copntributing to or maintaining the problem.
What to Do with Those Antidepressant Side...
Antidepressant side effects are real and negatively affect patient’s compliance. Many patients consider stopping the medication even at the risk of relapse because of distressing side effects. How do you deal with some of the common antidepressant side effects?
Stress in America and how you can cope with it
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.
How Healthy Relationships Change Our Brains
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
Brain Images Reveal Effects of Antidepressants
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)
Violent News Coverage is Triggering Additional...
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)
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)
The Debate over Recovered Memories
The debate over recovered memories still rages in some courts, therapists' offices, and homes.
Should I work with a psychotherapist or coach?
This article offers five differences between psychotherapists and coaches.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
Newly Discovered Science Behind Love and What...
Summary of the book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Love Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
Managing Acute Stress: Diaphragmatic Breathing
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts...
More Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Depression - Evaluation & Treatment
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
The Problem(s) with Managed Care 11/24/97
The Problem(s) with Managed Care Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.                      http://mentalhealth.about.com
Drug Reduces Kids' Anxiety With Few Side Effects
A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and four other medical centers have found that the antidepressant drug fluvoxamine significantly lowers anxiety without major side effects in most children who take it. (New England Journal of Medicine, Apr-2001)
Promising New Target for Anxiety-Reducing Drugs
But when anxiety grows excessive -- as it does in an estimated 25 percent of U.S. residents sooner or later -- it can significantly reduce one's quality of life, and in the cases of some 20 million Americans at any given time, it reaches levels that may require treatment. (J. of Clinical Investigation, Oct-2002)
Marijuana Use May Pose Health Threat to Baby...
People who smoke marijuana may increase their risk of a heart attack, Beth Israel Deaconess researchers have found. A person's chance of having a heart attack, particularly those at risk for heart disease, increased nearly 5X during the hour after smoking. (Circulation, 12-Jun-2001)
Spouses of Alcoholics May Complicate the Problem
Women who marry alcoholics may have unique characteristics that influence their partner's drinking, according to new research. (Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Sep-2002)
Preventing Domestic Violence
Couples can learn communication techniques to prevent violence from becoming part of their relationship.
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!
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
Panic Disorder
Michael Menaster, M.D. contributes information about panic disorder.
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.
Two Centers in Brain Command Breathing Rhythm
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)
Facts about Social Phobia
Social phobia, also called social anxiety, is a disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations.
Hands-Free Cell Phones No Safer for Drivers
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.
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Antidepressants Grow New Brain Cells
New research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health strongly suggests that some antidepressants work by growing new neurons (brain cells). The study found that blocking the formation of neurons in the hippocampus blocked the behavioral effects of the antidepressant fluoxitine (marketed as Prozac and Sarafem) in mice.
4 Ways to Improve Your Luck
Research demonstrates that luck may be less about chance than you think. Here are 4 principles you can use to get luckier starting today.
Drug Tolerance, Central to Addiction, Responds...
New studies reveal that a learned compensatory response can trigger "drug tolerance," a physiological process central to addiction. Drug tolerance makes people need more and more drug to get the same effect, whether pain relief or a "high." (J. of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, Jul-2002)
Parents not Locking up Guns
Parents do a reasonably good job of making their homes safe for children -- with one major exception, new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research indicates. As a group, they don't lock guns away where kids can't get at them.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
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.
Babies Born With Micropenis Happier When Raised...
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)
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.
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
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.
California Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in California
THC may Cause Schizophrenia-like Symptoms
Yale University researchers have shown that active ingredient in marijuana can cause transient schizophrenia-like symptoms ranging from suspiciousness and delusions to impairments in memory and attention in some patients.
Link between Video Games and Pain Relief
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)
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
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)
Maybe it's not Too Late - Growing new Brain...
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