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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.
When Must your Therapist Break Confidentiality?
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
4 Everyday Conditions That Can Lead to...
Stress, untreated ADD, inactivity, no new learning and addiction to gadgets can increase your risk of depression and dementia.
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.
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.
The 7 Types of Anxiety and Depression: Which...
Dr. Amen describes 7 types of anxiety and depression that he identified through his work with SPECT imaging.
Why Married Women and Men Are Visiting Online...
Married women and men are visiting Internet chat rooms to meet people for cybersex or flirting. This is fast becoming a common form of infidelity.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
Why is it so painful when your partner doesn't...
This article explains some science behind why not being responded to by a significant other can be so painful.
Valentines Day is Over-rated
What psychologists know about love: pauline wallin valentine s day s valentine perfect teeth marriage ceremonies
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.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
4 Steps for Reducing Anxiety Attacks
Dr. Daniel Amen's 4 step plan to overcome the symptoms of a panic or anxiety attack.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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.
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
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.
7 Red Flags of Autism
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
Struggling with Depression or Anxiety? CBT May...
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been scientifically proven to be very effective in treating depression and anxiety.
Yes, There is a Medication You Can Take As...
Anxiety disorders can be difficult to deal with. Learn about different medication options, including one that can be prescribed on an as-needed basis.
2 of the Most Important Ways to Beat Depression
Dr. Daniel Amen discusses the importance of exercise and managing negative thoughts to help offset symptoms of depression
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.
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Use This Simple Brain Hack to Finally Stop...
This article discusses a key mind hack to help put you in control of your worry.
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
Protect Your Brain with Fish Oil?
Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to have numerous health benefits. One study discusses how they may prevent brain shrinkage and dementia.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
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.
What Are the Common Causes of Depression in...
There are many different causes of depression in women, men and the elderly. This review outlines what research says about how depression develops.
10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
How Can I Tell Whether I'm Right or Left-Brained?
This article discusses the difference between the right and left sides of the brain and offers some questions to help you determine which is dominant for you.
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.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
This article offers a summary about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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)
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)
Atypical Antipsychotics: Treatment for...
This article provides a brief review of atypical antipsychotic medications and how they compare to first generation antipsychotics.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Dissociative Disorders
Information about Dissociative Disorders and the effects of trauma
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
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.
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
anxiety disorders panic disorder generalized anxiety disorder GAD stress tension shyness allergic to people uptight
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
Keeping Your Mind Healthy as You Age: 7...
Part 1 of Dr. Daniel Amen's 7 steps to minimize your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, and keep your brain healthy throughout your life.
12 Common Risk Factors Alzheimer's and Dementia
Part 4 of Dr. Daniel Amen's 7 steps to minimizing your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, and keep your brain healthy throughout your life.
Why Feeling Lonely Is 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.
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.
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
5 Red flags that you are dating a narcissist
This article offers 5 red flags that you may be dating a narcissist.
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.
10 Risk Factors of Suicide
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Focus and Attention
Dr. Daniel Amen discusses three techniques for improving focus, decreasing impulsivity, and strengthening the prefrontal cortex.
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
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?
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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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.
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.
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)
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.
Five Major Personality Dimensions
This article describes the five major personality dimensions that many researchers agree best define personality.
Did You Know Symptoms of PTSD Can Occur Years...
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be an extremely debilitating condition that develops after exposure to a terrifying ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened.
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and...
EMDR is a technique to treat PTSD and similar disorders on a short term basis.
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.
Gestalt Psychology 101
This article reviews some basics about gestalt psychology.
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.
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.
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
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)
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.
Psychiatric Hospital Occupancy Rates Peak,...
Access to behavioral health services may be a growing challenge in many communities as psychiatric hospital occupancy rates reach the highest levels in more than five years, according to annual survey data released by the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
Why Do You Care About Having a Healthy Brain?
Dr. Amen discusses the importance of understanding why you want to be healthy.
7 Tips for getting better sleep
This article offers seven tips for getting better sleep.
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.
5 Ways to Increase Your Emotional Flexibility
Dr. Daniel Amen discusses the importance of emotional flexibility for being able to successfully adjust to changes in life and for sustaining healthy relationships with others.
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.
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.
What is a psychotherapist?
This article reviews what psychotherapy is and an overview of the types of professionals who provide psychotherapy.
Mental Health Search
Search the major mental health sites from this page - including multiple free MEDLINE searches.
7 Tips to Manage Your Stress
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
What Factors Make It More Likely That Young...
Incidents like the Columbine shootings are difficult for us to understand. These factors may play a role.
Sensation Seekers May be at Risk for Becoming...
The personality characteristic of sensation seeking is associated with a greater risk of smoking, and a new study provides evidence that this may be due to greater initial sensitivity to nicotine. (Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 11-00)
Can Adults Build an Internal Sense of Security?
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
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.
Learn About the Stages of Sleep
This article reviews the stages of sleep.
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)
Mental Health Resources - Current Topics in...
These articles deal with various contemporary real world mental health issues - from your About.com Guide to Mental Health Resources
How Food Can Reduce Your Risk of Dementia
Dr. Amen discusses the importance of a healthy diet and gut bacteria for reducing your risk of depression, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
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.
Busting the 10 BIggest Myths About Domestic...
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
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.
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)
Tips for Coping With Frustrating Antidepressant...
Antidepressant side effects are real and can negatively affect your willingness to take medication. Here are tips to cope with the most common side effects.
Why doesn't she just leave?
This article explains some of the factors involved with domestic violence and why leaving an abusive situation does not always seem to be an option.
Is your child struggling with a learning...
This article discusses therapy dogs, service dogs, and how they can be helpful to people from all walks of life.
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
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.
Can you Pee in Public?
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
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)
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.
How Do You Lose and Gain Power in a Relationship?
Who has power in a relationship? Often, it's the person who chooses to withhold consent or cooperation.
Louisiana Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Louisiana
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.
What is Gestalt Therapy?
This article reviews some basics about gestalt therapy.
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.
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.
Maybe it's not Too Late - Growing new Brain...
Preserve your brain power as you grow older
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
5 Myths About Suicide Debunked
This article debunks five common myths about suicide.
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.
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
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.
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)
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.
Find Help for Mental Health Concerns in the...
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
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)
Connecticut Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Connecticut
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)
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
5 Important Health Numbers You Should Know
Part 2 of Dr. Daniel Amen's series, 7 Steps to Prevent You from Losing Your Mind as you Age, discusses the importance of optimizing your important health numbers.
So you think you might have multiple personalit...
This article discusses Dissociative Identity Disorder and offers some signs that point to a possible diagnosis of it.
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the...
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
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)
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.
5 Surprising early warning signs of an abusive...
This article reviews five surprising early warning signs of an abusive relationship.
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.
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.
Are you suffering from a sleep disorder?
This article reviews five of the most common sleep disorders.
Cybertherapy is it Really Therapy?
Cybertherapy - Can you really do therapy over the net?
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.
To Keep it Healthy, Help Your Brain in Multiple...
Part 3 of Dr. Daniel Amen's series, 7 Steps to Prevent You from Losing Your Mind as you Age, discusses the importance of optimizing your important health numbers.
Petting Puppies Puts People in Positive Moods
The next time a dog comes bounding up to you for a wet, sloppy kiss and a good belly rub, don’t back away. In an ongoing study, a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher has found that interacting and petting animals creates a hormonal response in humans that can help fight depression.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
5 Tips to manage mental illness in a marriage
This article offers five tips to managing mental illness in a marriage or committed relationship.
Survivor and Human Nature
What does the CBS television show 'Survivor' tell us about human nature?
Should Psychologists Prescribe Medications?
The arguments for and against psychologist prescribing privileges.
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.

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