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A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
This article discusses three common mistakes that people make in relationships and what to do about them.
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.
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc. Page 2.
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
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.
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
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.
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
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
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.
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
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?
This article discusses why some selfishness can be crucial to your wellness and how to be healthfully selfish.
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
Road Rage is a popular topic. Why do we get so angry on the highway and how can we stay safe?
Incidents like the Columbine shootings are difficult for us to understand. These factors may play a role.
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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.
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
Dr. Sue Johnson has explained that healthy relationships consist of three key factors that are discussed in this article.
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
More information on OCD from NIMH: ocd patients attention deficit disorder neurotransmitter serotonin positron emission tomography pet obsessive compulsive disorder
Addiction is a common problem but myths still exist around this issue. This article describes five popular myths about addiction.
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
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)
Violent video games can increase aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, both in the short- and long-term, according to a review of the last 20 years of research. Another recent study found no increased violence in players of a particular game Asheron's Call 2.
Information about psychiatric medications 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.
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
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.
This article discusses the single most important factor in choosing the right therapist for you, and it is probably not what you think!
Scientists design world-first: computer games that enhance self-acceptance
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.
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)
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)
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Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
Whoever wants less of a relationship has more power
Babies who spend overnights in the separate residences of each parent after divorce or separation have difficulty establishing secure attachments to their parents.
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
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.
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
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)
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Survey reveals teens stress levels are as high as adults, as well as more on how stress affects Americans. Ways of coping with stress are offered.
This research describes what early intervention services are for children with autism and ASD.
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
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? That question being debated among psychologists worldwide will be the focus of a study by a West Virginia University Assistant Professor of Psychology.
People who smoke marijuana may increase their risk of a heart attack, Beth Israel Deaconess researchers have found. A person's chance of having a heart attack, particularly those at risk for heart disease, increased nearly 5X during the hour after smoking. (Circulation, 12-Jun-2001)
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)
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.
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
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.
The Holidays and other family times are not always easy. Here are some tips to help.
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder. Page 2.
Herbal medicines date back to 2800 BC, but combining them with today's drugs may prove deadly.
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Mental Health information resources in Rhode Island
Even patients who were born without a sense of smell--a rare condition called congenital hyposmia--show activity in the areas of the brain responsible for smell.
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.
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)
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.
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
September 2000 study finds that exercise also keeps depression from returning.
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
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)
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?
Women who marry alcoholics may have unique characteristics that influence their partner's drinking, according to new research. (Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Sep-2002)
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
In biofeedback you get extra feedback about your body in order to learn how to gain more control over it.
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
Energy Psychology combines Eastern approaches to the mind and body with Western psychotherapy. Practitioners claim that tapping acupuncture points while thinking about an anxiety-producing event can cure anxiety and phobias.
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
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.
A simple How to on worrying less, from your About.com Guide
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.
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
New research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health strongly suggests that some antidepressants work by growing new neurons (brain cells). The study found that blocking the formation of neurons in the hippocampus blocked the behavioral effects of the antidepressant fluoxitine (marketed as Prozac and Sarafem) in mice.
The Problem(s) with Managed Care Leonard Holmes, Ph.D. http://mentalhealth.about.com
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.
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)
Research demonstrates that luck may be less about chance than you think. Here are 4 principles you can use to get luckier starting today.
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.
Summary of the book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Love Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
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)
It is important to live in the present moment, and to understand the difference betwen importance and urgency.
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.
Getting less depressed takes time. There are steps that you can take that will eventually pay off.
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.
People who are creative, imaginative, and prone to fantasy are more likely to have vivid dreams at night and to remember them when they wake up, University of Iowa research shows. (Personality and Individual Differences, May-2003)
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.
The debate over recovered memories still rages in some courts, therapists' offices, and homes.
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
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.
Struggling with anxiety is all too common. Mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationship with anxiety and relieve the suffering as a result.
Information about Risperdal (risperidone), the second approved atypical antidepressant which has fewer side effects than older medications.
This article discusses three common destructive patterns that take over relationships, and offers clear steps on what to do about them.
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.
Some people have a problem with their Internet use. Are these people addicted?
Antidepressants have different side effects in different people. Older medications may cause dry mouth and sedation, while newer ones may decrease sexual desire. Page 3.
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
Problem drinkers are 23 times more likely to have a gambling problem than individuals who do not have an alcohol problem, according to a study conducted at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions. (J. of Studies of Alcohol, Nov-2001)
But when anxiety grows excessive -- as it does in an estimated 25 percent of U.S. residents sooner or later -- it can significantly reduce one's quality of life, and in the cases of some 20 million Americans at any given time, it reaches levels that may require treatment. (J. of Clinical Investigation, Oct-2002)
Couples can learn communication techniques to prevent violence from becoming part of their relationship.
Cybertherapy - Can you really do therapy over the net?
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Depression doesn't solely explain the relationship between panic disorder and suicide, new research suggests. (Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2001)
More Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
Relief from pain may only be a joystick away. Results of new study from Wheeling Jesuit University suggest video games can distract someone's attention from a painful activity, and can help people with chronic pain problems, particularly children. (Meeting: North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity)
A definition of the DSM-IV with links to resources
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
NASA research on brain waves may help your child pay attention in school. Alan Pope, Ph.D. and Olafur Pallson, Psy.D. have invented a way for to allow Nintendo and Play Station games to be used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.
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