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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Must your Therapist Break Confidentiality?
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
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.
The Dos and Don'ts of Taking the Perfect Nap
This article discusses how to take a perfect nap so you can wake up replenished and ready to take on the second half of your day.
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.
6 Symptoms That May Not Point to Depression
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
Why Living in Sin Isn't Such a Bad Idea
Despite popular belief, premarital cohabitation does not appear to be associated with higher rates of divorce. This article shares some research on this issue.
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Ten Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress
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.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
How do I know if I'm right brained or left...
This article discusses offers some questions to help you determine whether you are left brain dominant or right brain dominant.
Use This Simple Brain Hack to Finally Stop...
This article discusses a key mind hack to help put you in control of your worry.
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.
Getting Together with Family
The Holidays and other family times are not always easy. Here are some tips to help.
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.
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
Atypical Antipsychotics: Treatment for...
This article provides a brief review of atypical antipsychotic medications and how they compare to first generation antipsychotics.
7 Red Flags of Autism
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
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.
7 Tips to Manage Your Stress
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
Depression - Evaluation & Treatment
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
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?
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Dissociative Disorders
Information about Dissociative Disorders and the effects of trauma
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
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)
Learn About the Stages of Sleep
This article reviews the stages of sleep.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
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.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
5 Red flags that you are dating a narcissist
This article offers 5 red flags that you may be dating a narcissist.
Gestalt Psychology 101
This article reviews some basics about gestalt psychology.
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
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
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.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
anxiety disorders panic disorder generalized anxiety disorder GAD stress tension shyness allergic to people uptight
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
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)
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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
This article offers a summary about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
Loneliness: Deadlier than you think
Loneliness has devastating effects on physical health. This article reviews some of the literature that exists on loneliness and why it is so damaging.
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.
Five Major Personality Dimensions
This article describes the five major personality dimensions that many researchers agree best define personality.
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
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.
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
Antidepressants for More than Depression
Antidepressant medications are used to treat more than depression. Some antidepressants are used to help you sleep; others treat anxiety; and some can be used to help relieve certain types of pain.
News for Absent-Minded: How to Improve Your...
Are you concerned that you couldn't remember the name of the familiar-looking woman who said hello to you in the restaurant last night? You probably don't have much to worry about, says an internationally recognized Alzheimer's disease researcher at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
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.
7 Tips for getting better sleep
This article offers seven tips for getting better sleep.
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emailing Your Doctor or Therapist
Despite the fact that most doctors and therapists have email, it's difficult for a patient to contact them. Read about some of the issues.
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.
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.
5 Tips to manage mental illness in a marriage
This article offers five tips to managing mental illness in a marriage or committed relationship.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
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.
Busting the 10 BIggest Myths About Domestic...
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
Are you suffering from a sleep disorder?
This article reviews five of the most common sleep disorders.
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.
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 Surprising early warning signs of an abusive...
This article reviews five surprising early warning signs of an abusive relationship.
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)
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.
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.
Another View of Attention Deficit Disorder
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder.
4 Steps for Reducing Anxiety Attacks
Dr. Daniel Amen's 4 step plan to overcome the symptoms of a panic or anxiety attack.
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)
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.
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!
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
5 Ways to Slow Down When Life Gets Overwhelming
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.
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and...
EMDR is a technique to treat PTSD and similar disorders on a short term basis.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
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.
What is a psychotherapist?
This article reviews what psychotherapy is and an overview of the types of professionals who provide psychotherapy.
3 Essential Steps If You Want to Stop Overeating
This article offers 3 steps to take to avoid overeating during holiday feasts and other celebrations.
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.
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.
Protect Your Brain from Alzheimer's Using This...
This article discusses a diet that has been shown to be related to a reduced incidence of Alzheimer's disease in one body of research.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
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.
What is Psychotherapy?
At one level psychotherapy consists of two people sitting in a room talking. Why would anyone pay for this? Psychotherapists have been trained in techniques that allow them to treat mental disorders by talking with people.
10 Risk Factors of Suicide
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
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.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
Social Workers at High Risk of Drug and Alcohol...
Social workers are trained to help clients with drug and alcohol problems, but that does not mean they are immune from the problems themselves. Twelve percent of social workers in a recent study were at serious risk of alcohol or drug abuse.
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
Eating Disorders Require Medical Attention
FDA Information on teens and eating disorders: antidepressant prozac threatening eating disorders anorexia bulimia national center for health statistics treatment of bulimia
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.
Louisiana Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Louisiana
5 Important Qualities of a Psychotherapist
This article reviews five important qualities of any psychotherapist.
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)
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)
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.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
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.
Stay Mentally Healthy with Strong Social...
Strong social relationships lead to greater mental health, and lack thereof can be as predictive of health problems as smoking.
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.
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.
Maybe it's not Too Late - Growing new Brain...
Preserve your brain power as you grow older
An Ancient Method to Help With Anxiety
Struggling with anxiety is all too common. Mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationship with anxiety and relieve the suffering as a result.
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
What is Gestalt Therapy?
This article reviews some basics about gestalt therapy.
What Is Risperdal (risperidone)?
Information about Risperdal (risperidone), the second approved atypical antidepressant which has fewer side effects than older medications.
5 Simple Ways to Renew Your Relationship
This article shares five tips to use to renew your relationship and start feeling the spark for one another again.
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)
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.
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)
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.
Panic Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is also called Social Phobia. It is sometimes thought of as a fear of social situations. Other phobias are fears of specific things or situations.
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.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
How to foster resiliency
This article offers some tips on how to foster resiliency, which is the ability to recover and thrive from adverse events.
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.
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
A simple definition of mental health
This article discusses Dr. Daniel Siegel's definition of mental health.
Pathological Internet Use - Some Examples
Some people have a problem with their Internet use. Are these people addicted?
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.

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