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What Do the Initials Mean After a Doctor’...
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
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.
When Must your Therapist Break Confidentiality?
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
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.
How Do I Know If It's an Emotional Affair?
This article explains how to identify an emotional affair and what to do about one.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
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.
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?
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
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.
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.
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
5 Simple Ways 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.
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.
7 Mistakes People Make in Setting New Year's...
This article reviews seven common mistakes that people make when setting New Year's Resolutions, and how to avoid them so you will keep yours this year.
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
Dissociative Disorders
Information about Dissociative Disorders and the effects of trauma
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Atypical Antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
Obesity Researchers Identify Protein That...
The identification of a protein that enables the body to overcome resistance to the hormone leptin could help scientists move one step closer to creating a drug therapy to help prevent and treat obesity. (Developmental Cell, 16-Apr-2002)
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.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
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.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Linked to Peptic...
A new finding of a link between an anxiety disorder and peptic ulcer disease lends support to the view that this gastrointestinal disease and anxiety disorder may share a common link. In recent years, attention has focused on a more biological element with the identification of bacteria as a cause of peptic ulcers. (Psychosomatic Medicine, Nov/Dec-2002)
Suicide Rates Overstated in People with...
Mayo Clinic debunks the commonly held notion that about 15 percent of people diagnosed with depression will commit suicide. (American Journal of Psychiatry, 12-00)
One of the most lethal mental health disorders...
This article describes anorexia nervosa, a mental health disorder with one of the highest death rates.
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
Paxil approved for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
5 Ways to 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.
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
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.
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
5 Tips to manage mental illness in a marriage
This article offers five tips to managing mental illness in a marriage or committed relationship.
Disgust, Not Fear, Drives Homophobia
Homophobia is not an actual phobia, say Arkansas psychologists. In a recent study, they found that homophobia originates not out of fear -- as true phobias do -- but from feelings of disgust. They also found close associations between homophobic tendencies and concerns about contamination. (Am. Psychological Society, 9-Jun-2002)
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.
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
A simple definition of mental health
This article discusses Dr. Daniel Siegel's definition of mental health.
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.
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
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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.
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.
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.
Five Major Personality Dimensions
This article describes the five major personality dimensions that many researchers agree best define personality.
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.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
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.
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.
A Biological Basis for Repressed Memories
Research shows there's a biological mechanism for repressed memories. See how the brain blocks unpleasant and unwanted memories.
How to create your best life using the tools...
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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
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
7 Tips to Conquer the Winter Doldrums
This article offers 7 tips that you can use so you can conquer the winter doldrums and start to feel better before springtime.
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.
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
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.
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
How To Calm Down in Under a Minute
a simple how to on diaphragmatic breathing, from Leonard Holmes, Ph.D., your about.com guide
Valentines Day is Over-rated
What psychologists know about love: pauline wallin valentine s day s valentine perfect teeth marriage ceremonies
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
Why is it so painful when your partner doesn't...
This article explains some science behind why not being responded to by a significant other can be so painful.
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)
How To Be Assertive
A simple how to on being more assertive, from your about.com guide
Surprising research about weather and your mood
This article reviews research on how weather impacts one's mood.
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.
Why Do People Cheat On Their Partners?
This article explores the question about why partners cheat on each other and how to affair-proof your relationship.
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)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmen...
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.
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
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)
5 Ways to Live More Gratefully
This article shares five simple ways that one can practice gratitude in his or her life.
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.
Broken Heart Syndrome Mimics Heart Attack
Shocking news, such as learning of the unexpected death of a loved one, can cause a reversible syndrome that resembles a heart attack.
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the...
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
Review - Wherever You Go There You Are
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.
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.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
Do you ever feel like you're from Mars?
This article discusses symptoms of depersonalization.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...
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Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
How do I find a therapist?
A personal recommendation is usually the best way to find a therapist. If you don't have that luxury, then try one of these approaches.
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with...
Chat, telephone and video software allow real-time communication on the Internet.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
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.
How depressed teachers can impact your child's...
This article reviews a small study that was done to measure the impact that teacher depression has on student learning within third grade classrooms.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
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.
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.
Stress Management and Serenity
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
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.
For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality
The book 'For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality' is a classic that is still one of the best books for inorgasmic women or women wanting to explore their sexuality.
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.
Busting the 10 BIggest Myths About Domestic...
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
Side Effects of Antidepressants
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.
Babies' Attachment to Parents Affected by...
Babies who spend overnights in the separate residences of each parent after divorce or separation have difficulty establishing secure attachments to their parents.
Save Your Relationship With Emotionally Focused...
Save your relationship with Emotionally Focused Therapy, a form of couples therapy that has been proven to help couples move from distress to deepened connections.
Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of...
Summary of the book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Love Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
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.
What is Couples Therapy?
Couples therapy is sometimes referred to as marriage counseling. Not all couples are married, so the term couples therapy is preferred. Similar to family therapy, couples therapy focuses on the relationship between the two people without blaming either person for the problems.
Massachusetts Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Massachusetts
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)
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.
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.
7 Red Flags of Autism
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
Is Anyone Allergic to People? to Mental ...
A diagnosis that is sometimes misused: social anxiety disorder mental health resources anxious anticipation american psychiatric association social phobia
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
Video Game Violence Research Yields Mixed Results
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.
New U.S. Medical Record Rulesl affect Mental...
New U.S. medical record regulations will affect mental health treatment. Psychotherapy notes receive more extensive protection than other medical records.
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.
What Is Risperdal (risperidone)?
Information about Risperdal (risperidone), the second approved atypical antidepressant which has fewer side effects than older medications.
Elder Abuse Prevention - Administration on...
Elder Abuse Prevention Elder Abuse Is a Serious Problem Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons
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.
Florida Mental Health Resources
Mental health information resources in Florida
A Simple Form of Meditation
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.
Can you Pee in Public?
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
Major Depression
A definition of major depression with links to various resources.
Managing Acute Stress: Diaphragmatic Breathing
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
10 Ways to get more "O" in Your Relationship
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
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.
Managing your Anger
Anger is an emotion that we all experience. It's not bad, but it can cause problems. Here are some ways to manage it.
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!
HealthFinder
healthfinder has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist consumers in finding health information.
Guidelines for Early Recognition, Care of...
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)
Facts about Social Phobia
Social phobia, also called social anxiety, is a disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations.
Is your marriage headed for divorce?
This article discusses 6 predictors of divorce, according to Dr. John Gottman, renown relationship expert and researcher.
Finding a Therapist in your Hometown
Therapist Directories - Find a counselor or therapist in your hometown
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.

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