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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
The Science Behind Lucky Charms
This article explains why a good luck charm may actually be an asset in performance improvement.
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.
10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
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?
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
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.
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
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.
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.
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)
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
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.
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.
7 Tips for getting better sleep
This article offers seven tips for getting better sleep.
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
Atypical Antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
The Best Way to Solve Interpersonal Problems
This article reviews some research that shows that people make wiser interpersonal decisions for others than they do for themselves.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
One of the most lethal mental health disorders...
This article describes anorexia nervosa, a mental health disorder with one of the highest death rates.
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.
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)
Dissociative Disorders
Information about Dissociative Disorders and the effects of trauma
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.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
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.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
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)
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.
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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.
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
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Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Learn About the Stages of Sleep
This article reviews the stages of sleep.
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. Page 2.
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
Review - Wherever You Go There You Are
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.
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.
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.
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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)
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
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.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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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.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
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.
Depression - Evaluation & Treatment
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
7 Red Flags of Autism
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
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.
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.
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
Stress Management and Serenity
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
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.
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)
Are you suffering from a sleep disorder?
This article reviews five of the most common sleep disorders.
10 Ways to get more "O" in Your Relationship
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and...
EMDR is a technique to treat PTSD and similar disorders on a short term basis.
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.
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.
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with...
Chat, telephone and video software allow real-time communication on the Internet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you ever feel like you're from Mars?
This article discusses symptoms of depersonalization.
How to have a difficult conversation
This article discusses four steps to having a difficult, but important, conversation with someone.
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.
Stop making these 3 common mistakes in your...
This article discusses three common mistakes that people make in relationships and what to do about them.
How To Calm Down in Under a Minute
a simple how to on diaphragmatic breathing, from Leonard Holmes, Ph.D., your about.com guide
Managed Care and a Suicide Attempt
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
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.
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the...
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
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.
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.
How To Be Assertive
A simple how to on being more assertive, from your about.com guide
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
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
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
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)
Seeing out Emotions with positron emission...
PET scans let us see blood flow in the brain in real time.
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
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
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.
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.
Busting the 10 BIggest Myths About Domestic...
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
Heterosexual Couples can Learn from Gays and...
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Many Pregnant Women Are Depressed
One in five pregnant women may have symptoms of depression, but few are getting help for it, a new study finds. Those with a history of depression any time before their pregnancy are twice as likely to show signs of depression while pregnant, the results show.
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.
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Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
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.
Florida Mental Health Resources
Mental health information resources in Florida
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)
For Women, The 12 Steps don't Always Work
12-step groups don't work for everyone. Women, especially, may have trouble with the emphasis on powerlessness. Groups like Women for Sobriety and Rational Recovery provide alternative approaches.
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.
Maybe it's not Too Late - Growing new Brain...
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Mental Health Resources - Current Topics in...
These articles deal with various contemporary real world mental health issues - from your About.com Guide to Mental Health Resources
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.
Who Is Most Likely to Develop PTSD?
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
Can you Pee in Public?
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
Phobias and Social Anxiety Disorder
Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, involves overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. A specific phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Page 2.
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.
Should Psychologists Prescribe Medications?
The arguments for and against psychologist prescribing privileges.
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
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.
Depression in Children
Information about the different causes of depression and research into how depression develops. Page 2.
Major Depression
A definition of major depression with links to various resources.

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