Mental Health: Most Popular Articles
Dr. Sue Johnson has explained that healthy relationships consist of three key factors that are discussed in this article.
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
This article discusses the chemical oxytocin and its implications in many important aspects of our lives.
A glossary of mental health initials - like M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.W., etc.
Antianxiety medications help to calm and relax the anxious person and remove the troubling symptoms. There are a number of antianxiety medications currently available. The preferred medications for most anxiety disorders are the benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax/Zanex, and Ativan.
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
This article offers five steps to greatly improving your relationship.
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.
There are other disorders that can cause symptoms similar to depression. Here are some ways to tell what's what.
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
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.
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
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Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
Traces of the anti-depressant Prozac (fluoxitine) have been found in the United Kingdom's water supply.
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.
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.
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
We know that exercise has positive effects on the brain. Researchers at Duke University demonstrated several years ago that exercise has antidepressant properties. Other research has shown that exercise can improve the brain functioning of the elderly, and may even protect against dementia. How does exercise improve mental health?
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.
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
This article discusses offers some questions to help you determine whether you are left brain dominant or right brain dominant.
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.
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.
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.
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
This article discusses the best gift that you can give your significant other regardless of the occasion.
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.
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.
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.
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
A new finding of a link between an anxiety disorder and peptic ulcer disease lends support to the view that this gastrointestinal disease and anxiety disorder may share a common link. In recent years, attention has focused on a more biological element with the identification of bacteria as a cause of peptic ulcers. (Psychosomatic Medicine, Nov/Dec-2002)
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.
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
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 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.
Access to behavioral health services may be a growing challenge in many communities as psychiatric hospital occupancy rates reach the highest levels in more than five years, according to annual survey data released by the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
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)
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.
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Whoever wants less of a relationship has more power
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
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.
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Road Rage is a popular topic. Why do we get so angry on the highway and how can we stay safe?
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
This article discusses three common destructive patterns that take over relationships, and offers clear steps on what to do about them.
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
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Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
Summary of the book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Love Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
This article discusses five action steps you can take if you hear that your son or daughter is a bully.
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
Attaining popularity or influence and money or luxury is not what makes people the happiest and is at the bottom of the list of psychological needs, according to a new study. Topping the list of needs that appear to bring happiness are autonomy, competence, relatedness and self-esteem. (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2-01)
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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.
Dr. John Gottman is a world renown psychologist and expert on relationships, known for his research on predictors of divorce and what makes marriages work.
Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant medication in the same class as Prozac and Zoloft. It is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
Loneliness has devastating effects on physical health. This article reviews some of the literature that exists on loneliness and why it is so damaging.
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
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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.
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.
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.
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
The right side of the brain helps people recognize themselves in a picture, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. (Nature, 1-18-01)
A 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)
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
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.
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.
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
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New studies reveal that a learned compensatory response can trigger "drug tolerance," a physiological process central to addiction. Drug tolerance makes people need more and more drug to get the same effect, whether pain relief or a "high." (J. of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, Jul-2002)
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)
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.
This article discusses how sometimes those who seem least likely to be depressed, e.g. funny people, can actually be struggling in silence with depression.
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)
More information on OCD from NIMH: ocd patients attention deficit disorder neurotransmitter serotonin positron emission tomography pet obsessive compulsive disorder
This article discusses what Dissociative Identity Disorder is and a few basics about this often misunderstood psychiatric diagnosis.
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.
This article explains some of the factors involved with domestic violence and why leaving an abusive situation does not always seem to be an option.
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.
Babies who spend overnights in the separate residences of each parent after divorce or separation have difficulty establishing secure attachments to their parents.
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
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.
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)
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Therapist Directories - Find a counselor or therapist in your hometown
This article discusses three common mistakes that people make in relationships and what to do about them.
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
This article discusses Dissociative Identity Disorder and offers some signs that point to a possible diagnosis of it.
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
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This article offers an explanation of the classic cycle of domestic violence.
Antidepressant side effects are real and negatively affect patients compliance. Many patients consider stopping the medication even at the risk of relapse because of distressing side effects. How do you deal with some of the common antidepressant side effects?
Genetically and physically, male babies born with a condition called "micropenis" are more likely to achieve psychological and sexual well-being in adulthood if raised male, according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and three other centers. (Hormone Research, Jan-2002)
Couples can learn communication techniques to prevent violence from becoming part of their relationship.
This article debunks five common myths about suicide.
Whats the first step in dealing with depression?
The arguments for and against psychologist prescribing privileges.
Information about this treatment for mental disorders.
This article offers advice on how you might be able to reach a partner who is shut down or withdrawn.
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
April is National Autism Awareness Month. This post contains some resources on warning signs of autism and early intervention services.
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.
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.
A journal article reported that 11 patients with Parkinsons disease developed pathological gambling behavior following dopamine agonist therapy, a drug therapy to control movement problems caused by Parkinsons disease.
Struggling with anxiety is all too common. Mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationship with anxiety and relieve the suffering as a result.
This article discusses the importance of selfishness as it relates to authenticity in relationships, as well as avoiding three all too common relationship mistakes.
This article provides some advice on how to deal with a loved one who may be suicidal.
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder. Page 2.
The Holidays and other family times are not always easy. Here are some tips to help.
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.
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
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.
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Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and four other medical centers have found that the antidepressant drug fluvoxamine significantly lowers anxiety without major side effects in most children who take it. (New England Journal of Medicine, Apr-2001)
In this post I share some of my experience as a therapist who works with couples and individuals in which a partner withdraws. I also share a link to an article with some advice on how to get your partner to open up.
healthfinder has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist consumers in finding health information.
After the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks many of us feel vulnerable. This is a very uncomfortable emotion.
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)
This article describes the theory of constructivism. It reviews information about constructive therapies and how promising and hopeful they can be.
This article offers an overview of Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
Cybertherapy - Can you really do therapy over the net?
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
This post is about the Miracle Question in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and how it can be used to create miracles in your life.
September 2000 study finds that exercise also keeps depression from returning.
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.
This article discusses the often overlooked importance of effective dependency with others as a step along the road to independence.
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)
Borderline Personality Disorder is a diagnosis that is sometimes misused. Here's the official definition and information about what it means.
New U.S. medical record regulations will affect mental health treatment. Psychotherapy notes receive more extensive protection than other medical records.
Paruresis - bladder shyness - affects millions of people - mostly men. Can you pee in public?
Research shows there's a biological mechanism for repressed memories. See how the brain blocks unpleasant and unwanted memories.
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.