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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. Page 2.
What Are the Top Anti-Anxiety Medications?
Antianxiety medications help to calm and relax the anxious person and remove the troubling symptoms. There are a number of antianxiety medications currently available. The preferred medications for most anxiety disorders are the benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax/Zanex, and Ativan.
When Must your Therapist Break Confidentiality?
Your Therapist is sometimes required to share information. Read about these exceptions to your privacy.
Why Feeling Sad Doesn’t Necessarily Mean...
Sadness is an emotion that we all feel at times. It's not the same as depression. Here are some ways to tell the difference.
The darker side of comedy
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.
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.
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.
8 Signs That It's Time to End Your Relationship
A marriage therapist with recommendaitons on ending a relationship.
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.
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 Are the Best Medications for Schizophrenia?
Antipsychotic medications are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia and similar severe mental disorders
14 Inspiring Metaphors for Life
Is your life a battle or a journey? Life Metaphors can shape how we live.
Do Men Go Through Change of Life?
Is male menopause a myth? Perhaps not, says a professor of pathology and medicine.
Open-ended Questions
Open-ended questions are used in counseling and psychotherapy to help explore issues.
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.
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.
The Brain's Halves Cooperate to Help Us...
Does coming from a family full of "lefties"tend to make a person better at remembering events? The data from two recent experiments answer in the affirmative. What's more, psychologists may finally be able to explain why kids don't remember events until they are about four years old. (Neuropsychology, Oct-2001)
Learning Disability Facts
Detailed information about Learning Disabilities from the National Institute of Mental Health
What Is Tardive Dyskinesia and What Causes It?
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a movement disorder that is caused by medications. This potentially permanent condition is a possible side-effect of long-term treatment with antipsychotic medications such as Thorazine and Haldol which are often used to treat schizophrenia and other major mental disorders.
Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and...
EMDR is a technique to treat PTSD and similar disorders on a short term basis.
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.
Causes of Depression
There are many different causes of depression, as well as a lot of research on how depression develops.
Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter...
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of
Psychiatric Medications - Index of Medications
Information about psychiatric medications from the National Institute of Mental Health
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.
Dissociative Disorders
Information about Dissociative Disorders and the effects of trauma
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)
Mike Tyson's Assessment
A summary of Mike Tyson's psychological assessment
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.
Maybe it's not Too Late - Growing new Brain...
Preserve your brain power as you grow older
How to Snap out of Depression
A simple How to on relieving depression, from your About.com Guide
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.
The 7 Types of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia
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.
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.
Help! I've fallen in love with my therapist
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Atypical Antipsychotics: Treatment for...
This article provides a brief review of atypical antipsychotic medications and how they compare to first generation antipsychotics.
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.
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 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.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Facts
Detailed information about ADD and ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health
Adverse Dental Implications from Antidepressant...
Patients who receive antidepressant medication for psychiatric and other medical reasons might be at increased risk for adverse dental effects, according to a study. (J. of the Am. Dental Association, Jan-2003)
10 Tip for Managing Conflict, Tension, and Anger
Practical suggestions to help you interact more effectively with others.
7 Red Flags of Autism
This article offers seven signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offers some resources for parents concerned about ASD.
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.
Depression - Evaluation & Treatment
Information about depression and bipolar disorder from NIMH
Letting Go
Letting go is difficult, simple, and essential.
Use This Simple Brain Hack to Finally Stop...
This article discusses a key mind hack to help put you in control of your worry.
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 Simple Tips 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.
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.
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.
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?
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Page 2.
Bipolar Disorder
Information on Bipolar Disorder from the National Institutes of Mental Health
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.
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
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.
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.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
There are two obsessive-compulsive disorders - OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders
An overview of what you need to know about eating disorders, including their general characteristics, the main types, who is at risk, and other health effects.
What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders
anxiety disorders panic disorder generalized anxiety disorder GAD stress tension shyness allergic to people uptight
5 Red flags that you are dating a narcissist
This article offers 5 red flags that you may be dating a narcissist.
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.
How To Be Assertive
A simple how to on being more assertive, from your about.com guide
Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive therapy has been proven to be effective to treat depression and anxiety.
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.
Study: 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.
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)
Assorted Medications sometimes used to treat...
Assorted medications somtimes used to treat anxiety - Buspar (buspirone), Neurontin (gabapentin), beta blockers Inderal (propranolol)
Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide
Benzodiazepines - to treat anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications to treat anxiety disorders.
Mental illness and stigma
Mental illness continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it despite advances in psychiatry.
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.
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.
The Three Ingredients to a Happy Life
These three pursuits, as studied by Martin Seligman, can lead to a life of extreme happiness.
MANAGED Mental Health Care: What to Look For,...
Practical information to help you cope with managed care companies.
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.
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.
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 3.
People Take Mental Stress to Heart
Mental stress can trigger a lack of blood flow to the heart and increase the risk of death in people with coronary artery disease. (Circulation: JAHA, 26-Mar-2002)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Reliable information about Borderline Personality Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health.
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.
Building an Internal Sense of Security
Childhood experiences make a difference in how secure we feel, but it's not too late.
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.
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.
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)
Should Children Take Antidepressants?
A study found sertraline (Zoloft) to be somewhat more effective than placebo for children and teenagers.
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)
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.
Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it?
Hypnosis can be goofy entertainment or serious health care.
5 Mental Skills of Winners
This article discusses five mental skills or attitudes of successful people who win.
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.
Do you ever feel like you're from Mars?
This article discusses symptoms of depersonalization.
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.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
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.
7 Tips to Manage Your Stress
This article offers seven tips from the American Psychological Association on how to manage stress.
8 Signs of Mania
This article discusses some signs of mania.
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.
Sexual Dysfunction Results from Anti-depressant...
All but two of the newer anti-depressant drugs cause significant sexual dysfunction, according to results of a study conducted by the associate professor and vice chairman, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University Virginia Health System and a primary care physician in New Baltimore, Mich.
Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from NIMH
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 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 interpersonal neurobiology?
This post discusses the work of Dr. Dan Siegal on interpersonal neurobiology and his definition of the mind.
Is Pokémon Addictive?
The video game version of Pokémon may be an example of a technological addiction.
Louisiana Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Louisiana
New U.S. Medical Record Rulesl affect Mental...
New U.S. medical record regulations will affect mental health treatment. Psychotherapy notes receive more extensive protection than other medical records.
Are affairs unavoidable in long term relationsh...
This article answers the question whether affairs are unavoidable in a long term relationship or marriage.
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)
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.
Antidepressants Grow New Brain Cells
New research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health strongly suggests that some antidepressants work by growing new neurons (brain cells). The study found that blocking the formation of neurons in the hippocampus blocked the behavioral effects of the antidepressant fluoxitine (marketed as Prozac and Sarafem) in mice.
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.
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.
Managed Care and a Suicide Attempt
A first-hand description of how managed care has affected hospital admission after a suicide attempt
How the Miracle Question can Get You A Miracle
This post is about the Miracle Question in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and how it can be used to create miracles in your life.
Rhode Island Mental Health Resources
Mental Health information resources in Rhode Island
Creative People Remember More Dreams
People who are creative, imaginative, and prone to fantasy are more likely to have vivid dreams at night and to remember them when they wake up, University of Iowa research shows. (Personality and Individual Differences, May-2003)
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
Mental Health information resources in Georgia
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.
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General...
The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health Contents | Order | Resources | Report Home | Site Home
Whoever wants Less of a Relationship has More...
Whoever wants less of a relationship has more power
Another View of Attention Deficit Disorder
Jef Gazley, M.S. outlines some interesting ideas about attention deficit disorder. Page 2.
Eeww . . . Gross! How Your Brain Processes...
Understanding how the brain processes emotion has important implications for diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia--researchers now report on an important brain center for processing disgust. (Annals of Neurology, 14-Feb-2003)
Real-time Online Modalities - Conferencing with...
Chat, telephone and video software allow real-time communication on the Internet.
10 Risk Factors of Suicide
This article discusses ten risk factors for suicide.
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.
CAFFEINE ALLERGY: Past Disorder or Present...
Reader contribution from Ruth Whalen
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.
How To Calm Down in Under a Minute
a simple how to on diaphragmatic breathing, from Leonard Holmes, Ph.D., your about.com guide
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.
Cybertherapy is it Really Therapy?
Cybertherapy - Can you really do therapy over the net?
Mental Illness Awareness
What is it about Mental Illness that we're supposed to be aware of?
Eating Disorders Require Medical Attention
FDA Information on teens and eating disorders: antidepressant prozac threatening eating disorders anorexia bulimia national center for health statistics treatment of bulimia
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the...
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the NIM
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)
Are you suffering from a sleep disorder?
This article reviews five of the most common sleep disorders.
Busting the 10 BIggest Myths About Domestic...
This article debunks ten common myths about domestic violence.
Playing Games for Self-esteem
Scientists design world-first: computer games that enhance self-acceptance
Schizophrenia Helpers
Patient advocacy and caregiver helps for schizophrenia.
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.
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.
What medications are used to treat depression?
Different medications for depression.
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.
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.
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.
Childhood Abuse Changes the Brain
Permanent physical brain changes from abuse can cause problems in adulthood.
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.

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