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A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc.
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.
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
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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.
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.
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.
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
Traces of the anti-depressant Prozac (fluoxitine) have been found in the United Kingdom's water supply.
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
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.
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of 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?
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.
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.
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the parents of Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old Florida woman who has been in a vegetative state since she collapsed in 1990. As controversial as this case has been, little has been written about the eating disorder that supposedly led to her heart failing long enough to deny needed oxygen to her brain.
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.
This article discusses offers some questions to help you determine whether you are left brain dominant or right brain dominant.
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
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.
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
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.
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
This article discusses six emotional dimensions and provides the reader with a way to understand where he or she falls along such spectra.
Dr. Sue Johnson has explained that healthy relationships consist of three key factors that are discussed in this article.
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.
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)
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.
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
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.
This article explores the question about why partners cheat on each other and how to affair-proof your relationship.
Information about psychiatric medications 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.
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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)
Antidepressant medications are one of the most important treatments for depression. Along with psychotherapy, these medications can be lifesaving, and they improve the quality of life for millions.
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
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.
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.
This article explains how to identify an emotional affair and what to do about one.
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
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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.
healthfinder has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist consumers in finding health information.
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
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.
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.
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
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.
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Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
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)
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Cyberspace chat communities have a culture of their own. Find out more about these real-time Internet interactions.
Protecting your Privacy in Usenet Support Groups Leonard Holmes, Ph.D. http://mentalhealth.about.com
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)
Information about this treatment for mental disorders.
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.
This article answers common questions about emotional eating and what to do about it.
Borderline Personality Disorder is a diagnosis that is sometimes misused. Here's the official definition and information about what it means.
This article discusses three common mistakes that people make in relationships and what to do about them.
Antidepressant side effects are real and negatively affect patients 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?
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)
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.
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Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
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.
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.
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)
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)
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
The Holidays and other family times are not always easy. Here are some tips to help.
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
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)
This article discusses how sometimes those who seem least likely to be depressed, e.g. funny people, can actually be struggling in silence with depression.
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.
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.
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
Researchers have identified a protein that may help to explain why the brain's cerebral cortex is disproportionately larger in humans than in other species, a finding which adds an important piece to the developing "blueprint" of the part of the brain responsible for the intellectual abilities that make humans unique. (Science, 19-Jul-2002)
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)
Couples can learn communication techniques to prevent violence from becoming part of their relationship.
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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.
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.
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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 region at the front of the brain's right hemisphere, the prefrontal cortex, plays a critical role in how the human brain processes emotions. A recent University of Iowa study is the first to investigate human emotion processing by the right prefrontal cortex at the level of individual brain cells. (Nature Neuroscience, 1-01)
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)
Babies who spend overnights in the separate residences of each parent after divorce or separation have difficulty establishing secure attachments to their parents.
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
New U.S. medical record regulations will affect mental health treatment. Psychotherapy notes receive more extensive protection than other medical records.
This article discusses three common destructive patterns that take over relationships, and offers clear steps on what to do about them.
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.
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
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.
This article discusses the single most important factor in choosing the right therapist for you, and it is probably not what you think!
Whoever wants less of a relationship has more power
Struggling with anxiety is all too common. Mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationship with anxiety and relieve the suffering as a result.
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
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.
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
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.
The Relaxation Response is a simple form of meditation. This technique has been proven to help you manage your stress.
This article discusses four steps to having a difficult, but important, conversation with someone.
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
The debate over recovered memories still rages in some courts, therapists' offices, and homes.
This article offers 3 steps to take to avoid overeating during holiday feasts and other celebrations.
Therapist Directories - Find a counselor or therapist in your hometown
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Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
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.
The arguments for and against psychologist prescribing privileges.
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)
The number of Alzheimer's cases is expected to triple over the next 20 years as our population ages. The good news is that this devastating and high-profile disease is receiving a lot of attention from the medical community.
Adolescents learn to manipulate their parents following a divorce or separation, gaining more control of their situation in a two-household family, according to a 2004 study.
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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)
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
Even if we are not aware of them, negative thoughts about aging that we pick up from society may be cutting years off our lives, according to a study which found people with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer. (J. of Personality and Social Psychology, Aug-2002)
As students throughout the state prepare to take their tests, they undoubtedly will feel some added anxiety. Some of that anxiety is good, University of South Florida experts say, but too much can have a detrimental effect on test performance.
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)
This article answers the question whether affairs are unavoidable in a long term relationship or marriage.
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with Chat, Telephone, and Video Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.
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.
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder.
Memory "illusions" may result from the basic human need to make sense out of events. A series of experiments has provided the first scientific evidence that when people see effects without also seeing its cause, they automatically "fill in the blank" with that probable cause. (J. of Experimental Psychology, Jul-2001)