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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.
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.
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.
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
7 Mistakes People Make in Setting New Year's...
This article reviews seven common mistakes that people make when setting New Year's Resolutions, and how to avoid them so you will keep yours this year.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to create your best life using the tools...
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Dissociative Disorders
Information about Dissociative Disorders and the effects of trauma
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
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?
Why Living in Sin Isn't Such a Bad Idea
Despite popular belief, premarital cohabitation does not appear to be associated with higher rates of divorce. This article shares some research on this issue.
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.
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
5 Simple Ways to Renew Your Relationship
This article shares five tips to use to renew your relationship and start feeling the spark for one another again.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
One of the most lethal mental health disorders...
This article describes anorexia nervosa, a mental health disorder with one of the highest death rates.
Atypical Antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotics are the first line treatment for Schizophrenia.
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.
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
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.
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
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)
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)
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)
Major Depression
A definition of major depression with links to various resources.
5 Surprising early warning signs of an abusive...
This article reviews five surprising early warning signs of an abusive relationship.
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)
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.
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.
Learn about Mental Health, Interact with Others
Interact with others about mental health issues on the Mental Health Resources site.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
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.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
anxiety disorders panic disorder generalized anxiety disorder GAD stress tension shyness allergic to people uptight
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.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
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.
Valentines Day is Over-rated
What psychologists know about love: pauline wallin valentine s day s valentine perfect teeth marriage ceremonies
5 New Year's resolutions for your best mental...
This article shares five resolutions to keep for the New Year to improve your mental health.
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.
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.
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
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.
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
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.
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.
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.
How to get your partner to open up
This article offers advice on how you might be able to reach a partner who is shut down or withdrawn.
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.
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.
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 do we need to be happy?
This article reviews some of the key findings from the Harvard Grant study, the longest running study on humans.
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.
Review - Wherever You Go There You Are
A review of Wherever You Go There You Are - by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
How To Calm Down in Under a Minute
a simple how to on diaphragmatic breathing, from Leonard Holmes, Ph.D., your about.com guide
Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of...
Summary of the book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Love Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
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.
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.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
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
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.
The Psychological Effects of Trauma
Information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
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.
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.
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with...
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with Chat, Telephone, and Video Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.                     
7 Tips for getting better sleep
This article offers seven tips for getting better sleep.
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)
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.
Are you in a relationship with someone who is...
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.
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
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
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.
7 Tips to Manage Your Stress
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
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.
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.
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Stress Management and Serenity
The Serenity Prayer popularized in 12-step groups can help all of us manage stress.
10 Ways to get more "O" in Your Relationship
This article describes ten tips for increasing your oxytocin levels.
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.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
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.
Is Energy Psychology For Real?
Energy Psychology combines Eastern approaches to the mind and body with Western psychotherapy. Practitioners claim that tapping acupuncture points while thinking about an anxiety-producing event can cure anxiety and phobias.
Children Likely to be Better Adjusted in Joint...
Children from divorced families who either live with both parents at different times or spend certain amounts of time with each parent are better adjusted in most cases than children who live and interact with just one parent, according to new research on custody arrangements and children's adjustment. (J. of Family Psychology, Mar-2002)
7 Tips to Conquer the Winter Doldrums
This article offers 7 tips that you can use so you can conquer the winter doldrums and start to feel better before springtime.
Managing Acute Stress: Diaphragmatic Breathing
Information about acute stress and diaphragmatic breathing - one way to cope.
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Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
Should Psychologists Prescribe Medications?
The arguments for and against psychologist prescribing privileges.
How To Be Assertive
A simple how to on being more assertive, from your about.com guide
How Healthy Relationships Change Our Brains
A groundbreaking new study on how healthy relationships change our brains has recently been released.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
Do you ever feel like you're from Mars?
This article discusses symptoms of depersonalization.
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.
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
Busting the 10 BIggest Myths About Domestic...
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
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.
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
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. Page 2.
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.
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
An Ancient Method to Help With Anxiety
Struggling with anxiety is all too common. Mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationship with anxiety and relieve the suffering as a result.
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)
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.
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
Are affairs unavoidable in long term relationsh...
This article answers the question whether affairs are unavoidable in a long term relationship or marriage.
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
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.
Washington State Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in the state of Washington
Psychotherapy
Information about this treatment for mental disorders.
Exercise is an Effective Antidepressant
September 2000 study finds that exercise also keeps depression from returning.
Playing Games for Self-esteem
Scientists design world-first: computer games that enhance self-acceptance
The Problem(s) with Managed Care 11/24/97
The Problem(s) with Managed Care Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.                      http://mentalhealth.about.com
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