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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.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
What Do the Initials Mean After a Doctor’...
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc.
Why Feeling Sad Doesn’t Necessarily Mean...
Sadness is an emotion that we all feel at times. It's not the same as depression. Here are some ways to tell the difference.
When Must your Therapist Break Confidentiality?
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
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.
How to create your best life using the tools...
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Emotional Eating: Your Questions Answered
This article answers common questions about emotional eating and what to do about it.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...
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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.
What Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
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.
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.
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
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.
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.
One of the most lethal mental health disorders...
This article describes anorexia nervosa, a mental health disorder with one of the highest death rates.
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.
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
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 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.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
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?
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.
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.
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
Does Parkinson's Therapy Cause Pathological...
A journal article reported that 11 patients with Parkinson’s disease developed pathological gambling behavior following dopamine agonist therapy, a drug therapy to control movement problems caused by Parkinson’s disease.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
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.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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.
5 Red flags that you are dating a narcissist
This article offers 5 red flags that you may be dating a narcissist.
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
A look at bulimia nervosa
This article shares some information about bulimia nervosa including its prevalence, symptoms, consequences, warning signs and disorders that co-occur.
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.
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.
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.
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
10 Ways to get more "O" in Your Relationship
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
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.
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
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.
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.
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)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
HealthFinder
healthfinder has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist consumers in finding health information.
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.
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.
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)
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
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.
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.
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.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
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.
Atypical Antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
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
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.
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.
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.
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
Review - Wherever You Go There You Are
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Stress Management and Serenity
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
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.
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)
5 Myths About Suicide Debunked
This article debunks five common myths about suicide.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the...
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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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.
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
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.
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)
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
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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.
What You Need to Know About Bulimia Nervosa
An overview of what you need to know about the eating disorder known as bulimia nervosa, including its symptoms and risks, and other health effects, from psychologist and About.com Mental Health Resources Guide, Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
Can you Pee in Public?
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
Busting the 10 BIggest Myths About Domestic...
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
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.
Right Side of Brain May be Key to Recognizing...
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)
The best gift for your significant other
This article discusses the best gift that you can give your significant other regardless of the occasion.
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.
Five common myths about addiction
Addiction is a common problem but myths still exist around this issue. This article describes five popular myths about addiction.
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.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Dementia - Alzheimer's and More
Do we all lose our minds as we age? Alzheimer's Disease is ont of several dementias that rob people of their minds as they grow older.
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
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.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
What is 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.
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.
What to Do with Those Antidepressant Side...
Antidepressant side effects are real and negatively affect patient’s 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?
Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Serzone Pulled from U.S. Market
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that it is pulling its antidepressant Serzone (nefazodone) from the U.S. market. The controversial antidepressant has already been banned from sale in many countries because of links to cases of liver failure and injury, and at least 20 deaths.
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.
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)
How Healthy Relationships Change Our Brains
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
Link between Video Games and Pain Relief
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)
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
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.
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)
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 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.
Should Doctors Help you Kill Yourself?
The debate over assisted suicide rages in the U.S. and elsewhere. Should doctors help you kill yourself?
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)
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
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.
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
Preventing Domestic Violence
Couples can learn communication techniques to prevent violence from becoming part of their relationship.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
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.
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)
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)
Managing Acute Stress: Diaphragmatic Breathing
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
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.
Video Games to treat ADD?
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.
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with...
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with Chat, Telephone, and Video 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.
Voting Laws Discriminate Against Mentally...
An Arkansas researcher says more than a million people may be banned from voting booths this November. Their crime: to suffer from mental disabilities that place them under psychological guardianship.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents
Why being selfish can be good for you
This article discusses the importance of selfishness as it relates to authenticity in relationships, as well as avoiding three all too common relationship mistakes.
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
Should Psychologists Prescribe Medications?
The arguments for and against psychologist prescribing privileges.
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.
Advances in Alzheimer's Treatment
The number of Alzheimer's cases is expected to triple over the next 20 years as our population ages. The good news is that this devastating and high-profile disease is receiving a lot of attention from the medical community.
7 Simple Ways to Survive and Thrive During the...
Use these 7 simple tips to survive and thrive during the holiday season!
So you think you might have multiple personalit...
This article discusses Dissociative Identity Disorder and offers some signs that point to a possible diagnosis of it.
Why do Conservatives have more Nightmares?
A 2001 study found some intriguing relationships between political ideology and dreams.
Finding a Therapist in your Hometown
Therapist Directories - Find a counselor or therapist in your hometown
Another View of Attention Deficit Disorder
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder. Page 2.
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.
Stress Levels Can Affect Pneumonia Vaccination
How well a pneumonia vaccination will protect elderly Americans may depend on how stressed they are when they get the shots. A new Ohio State study is showing that even after six months, the vaccine may have been weakened by a person's stress levels. (Psychosomatic Medicine)
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and...
EMDR is a technique to treat PTSD and similar disorders on a short term basis.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
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.
3 Steps to managing your money conflicts in...
This article walks the reader through three steps to help them manage money conflicts in their relationships.
How To Worry Less
a simple how to on worrying less, fromyour about.com guide
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