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A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc.
Antianxiety medications help to calm and relax the anxious person and remove the troubling symptoms. There are a number of antianxiety medications currently available. The preferred medications for most anxiety disorders are the benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax/Zanex, and Ativan.
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
Sadness is an emotion that we all feel at times. It's not the same as depression. Here are some ways to tell the difference.
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
This article shares five simple ways that one can practice gratitude in his or her life.
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.
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
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.
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
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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.
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?
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.
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
Making new friends can be hard for many, and yet having strong social connections is critical for health. This article offers 5 simple tips to make friends.
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.
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
This article discusses offers some questions to help you determine whether you are left brain dominant or right brain dominant.
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
We all look forward to the holidays and hope that they will be a time of happiness, friendliness, fellowship, and harmony. Yet often our anticipation and excitement turns into feelings of depression and/or family disharmony.
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.
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
This article offers 3 steps to take to avoid overeating during holiday feasts and other celebrations.
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
Dr. Sue Johnson has explained that healthy relationships consist of three key factors that are discussed in this article.
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
This article offers 5 red flags that you may be dating a narcissist.
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.
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
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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)
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
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.
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
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)
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)
Traces of the anti-depressant Prozac (fluoxitine) have been found in the United Kingdom's water supply.
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.
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
This article offers some suggestions about how to cope with the loss of a loved one from suicide.
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A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
This article answers the question whether affairs are unavoidable in a long term relationship or marriage.
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.
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.
A 2001 study found some intriguing relationships between political ideology and dreams.
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.
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.
This article shares some facts about seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that often masks itself as the winter blues.
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
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.
Protecting your Privacy in Usenet Support Groups Leonard Holmes, Ph.D. http://mentalhealth.about.com
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.
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
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.
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Road Rage is a popular topic. Why do we get so angry on the highway and how can we stay safe?
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)
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
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.
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)
This article explores the question about why partners cheat on each other and how to affair-proof your relationship.
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.
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
The Holidays and other family times are not always easy. Here are some tips to help.
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Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
This post discusses research demonstrating how social and physical pain are registered similarly in the brain, and how a pain-reliever can reduce hurt feelings.
More information on OCD from NIMH: ocd patients attention deficit disorder neurotransmitter serotonin positron emission tomography pet obsessive compulsive disorder
A unique experiment that studied chemical activity in the brains of human volunteers while they experienced sustained pain and reported how they felt is providing new insights into the body's natural painkiller system - and why each of us experiences pain differently. (Science, 13-Jul-2001)
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
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Babies who spend overnights in the separate residences of each parent after divorce or separation have difficulty establishing secure attachments to their parents.
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The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Scientists design world-first: computer games that enhance self-acceptance
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
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.
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
A definition of counseling with links to resources
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)
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This article discusses six emotional dimensions and provides the reader with a way to understand where he or she falls along such spectra.
Incidents like the Columbine shootings are difficult for us to understand. These factors may play a role.
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)
Early recognition, diagnosis and care are recommended for patients with Alzheimer's disease according to new practice guidelines announced at the American Academy of Neurology's 53rd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. (Neurology, 8-May-2001)
Cybertherapy - Can you really do therapy over the net?
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.
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)
Persons with mental disorders make up nearly half of the U.S. tobacco market. A new Harvard study finds that they are twice as likely to smoke as other Americans.
Researchers have found an association between weather and the occurrence of stroke and transient ischemic attack. Results of the 14-year longitudinal study of 3,289 first-time stroke patients are being presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Denver April 13-20.
This article explores some evidence that the practice of gratitude can increase happiness.
Research shows there's a biological mechanism for repressed memories. See how the brain blocks unpleasant and unwanted memories.
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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.
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)
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
The debate over recovered memories still rages in some courts, therapists' offices, and homes.
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.
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)
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
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.
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.
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.
This article debunks the myth that only crazy people see psychotherapists, and sheds some light on what psychotherapy really is.
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)
The Relaxation Response is a simple form of meditation that anyone can use. Using this technique daily can decrease stress in your life and help you focus.
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Couples can learn communication techniques to prevent violence from becoming part of their relationship.
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder. Page 2.
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.
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.
The Problem(s) with Managed Care Leonard Holmes, Ph.D. http://mentalhealth.about.com
Borderline Personality Disorder is a diagnosis that is sometimes misused. Here's the official definition and information about what it means.
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
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)
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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.
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.
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.
Seasonal Affective Disorder affects people in extreme latitudes during short days. Find out more about this disorder and it's treatment.
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)
Psychologists find that over-attention to well-learned performances may make things worse ("choking" under pressure). However, training that way may actually improve performance under pressure. (J. of Experimental Psychology: General, Dec-2001)
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.
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
Information about electroconvuslive therapy.
More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression yearly and women are twice as likely as men to experience a major depressive episode, according to a new report highlighting research reviewed by 35 internationally renowned experts from a variety of disciplines.
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An overview of what you need to know about the eating disorder known as anorexia nervosa, including its symptoms, risk factors, and health effects.
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