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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Be More Grateful Today
This article shares five simple ways that one can practice gratitude in his or her 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.
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
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.
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
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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.
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?
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.
10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
Improve your relationship in one weekend
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.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
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.
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.
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.
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.
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
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.
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
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.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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.
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.
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
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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)
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
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.
Atypical Antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
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)
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)
Prozac Found in U.K. Drinking Water Supply
Traces of the anti-depressant Prozac (fluoxitine) have been found in the United Kingdom's water supply.
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.
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
How to heal from the loss of a loved one to...
This article offers some suggestions about how to cope with the loss of a loved one from suicide.
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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Review - Wherever You Go There You Are
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Are affairs unavoidable in long term relationsh...
This article answers the question whether affairs are unavoidable in a long term relationship or marriage.
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.
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.
Why do Conservatives have more Nightmares?
A 2001 study found some intriguing relationships between political ideology and dreams.
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.
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.
How to know if it's not just the winter blues
This article shares some facts about seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that often masks itself as the winter blues.
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
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.
Protecting your Privacy in Usenet Support Groups
Protecting your Privacy in Usenet Support Groups Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.                      http://mentalhealth.about.com
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.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
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.
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Is Road Rage a Mental Disorder?
Road Rage is a popular topic. Why do we get so angry on the highway and how can we stay safe?
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)
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the...
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
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.
Childhood Exposure to Media Violence Predicts...
Children's viewing of violent TV shows, their identification with aggressive same-sex TV characters, and their perceptions that TV violence is realistic are all linked to later aggression as young adults, for both males and females, according to a 15-year study. (Developmental Psychology, Mar-2003)
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.
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.
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
Getting Together with Family
The Holidays and other family times are not always easy. Here are some tips to help.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Got hurt feelings? Try a Tylenol.
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.
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
Study gives First Glimpse of Brain's Natural...
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)
Stress Management and Serenity
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
Louisiana Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Louisiana: mental health agency psychiatric residential facilities united parcel service state mental health agency mental health department
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.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
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Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Playing Games for Self-esteem
Scientists design world-first: computer games that enhance self-acceptance
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
10 Ways to get more "O" in Your Relationship
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
SSRI Antidepressants May Save Lives
The SSRI class of antidepressants has been under attack in the past few years, since some studies suggested that these drugs can increase the risk of suicide in young people. A July 2006 study has found that suicide rates in the U.S. have decreased as the rate of fluoxetine (Prozac) prescriptions has increased.
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
Counseling
A definition of counseling with links to resources
Brain Images Reveal Effects of Antidepressants
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)
Massachusetts Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Massachusetts
What's your brain's emotional style?
This article discusses six emotional dimensions and provides the reader with a way to understand where he or she falls along such spectra.
Why do young people murder?
Incidents like the Columbine shootings are difficult for us to understand. These factors may play a role.
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)
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)
Cybertherapy is it Really Therapy?
Cybertherapy - Can you really do therapy over the net?
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.
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)
Mentally Ill Smoke.... A Lot
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.
Does Weather Play a Role in Stroke? Meteorologi...
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.
Increase your happiness today with this simple...
This article explores some evidence that the practice of gratitude can increase happiness.
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.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
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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.
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)
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
The Debate over Recovered Memories
The debate over recovered memories still rages in some courts, therapists' offices, and homes.
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.
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)
How Healthy Relationships Change Our Brains
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Rhode Island Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Rhode Island
Preventing Domestic Violence
Couples can learn communication techniques to prevent violence from becoming part of their relationship.
Another View of Attention Deficit Disorder
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit 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.
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.
The Problem(s) with Managed Care 11/24/97
The Problem(s) with Managed Care Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.                      http://mentalhealth.about.com
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.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
Two Centers in Brain Command Breathing Rhythm
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)
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - The Basics
It is estimated that 3-4% of the general population suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by excessive worry that occurs more often than not for a period of at least 6 months.
What is Family Therapy?
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.
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.
It's That Time of Year - Seasonal Depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder affects people in extreme latitudes during short days. Find out more about this disorder and it's treatment.
Tobacco Smoke May Act as Antidepressant Drug
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)
Why Do We Choke Under Pressure?
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)
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.
Depression - Evaluation & Treatment
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
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.
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.
Hands-Free Cell Phones No Safer for Drivers
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.
Managed Care and a Suicide Attempt
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
What is ECT?
Information about electroconvuslive therapy.
Women and Depression: Latest Research Findings...
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.
Florida Mental Health Resources
Mental health information resources in Florida
What You Need to Know About Anorexia Nervosa
An overview of what you need to know about the eating disorder known as anorexia nervosa, including its symptoms, risk factors, and health effects.
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with...
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with Chat, Telephone, and Video Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.                     
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