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Jim Haggerty, M.D.

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  • Combination Therapy for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    When a single drug does not work, experts recommend trying other mood stabilizers. If several medications are tried with no improvement, trying a combination of mood stabilizers is the next […]

  • Do People Inherit Schizophrenia?
    17 May 2016

    One possible cause of schizophrenia — or an important contributing factor — may be heredity, or genetics. Researchers believe that some people may inherit a tendency to be at greater […]

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Schizophrenia
    17 May 2016

    Schizophrenia is a mental illness, but is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a “brain disease.” It is officially classified by researchers as a mental disorder, not a medical disease, because […]

  • An Overview of Depression Treatment Options
    17 May 2016

    Depression can be treated effectively with antidepressant medications and psychological therapies. Research suggests that antidepressant medications and psychotherapy are equally effective for treating mild to moderate cases of depression. For […]

  • Nutritional Supplements for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Nutritional supplements are not drugs, nor do they need U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. They are often marketed as having certain benefits, but since they aren’t required to meet […]

  • Minerals for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Minerals, along with vitamins, are naturally occurring substances that are basic building blocks for the chemical processes that keep our bodies running. Most of them are needed in relatively small […]

  • Vitamins for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Vitamins have not been proven effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder. They can, however, help treat certain symptoms related to bipolar disorder and help in your overall health and […]

  • Herbs for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    There are a number of herbal remedies you can try for bipolar disorder (manic depression). Although the glossy, new veneer of today’s supplements may make them look attractive, it’s just […]

  • Treatment of ADHD in Children
    17 May 2016

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can take quite a toll on both the adults and the child or teen who has the disorder. It’s tough for the individual who must […]

  • Treatment for ADHD in Adults
    17 May 2016

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can take quite a toll on a person’s life as they seek to find a way to become more focused, less distracted, and more organized. […]

  • Helping Someone with ADHD
    17 May 2016

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) comes in many forms. How it affects a person may vary widely from a minor inconvenience to a major, life-altering condition that impacts […]

  • Violence in Children and School Shootings
    17 May 2016

    Q. What can parents tell their children if they are afraid to go to school after a school shooting? A. Parents should give their children an opportunity to voice their […]

  • Risk Factors for Depression
    17 May 2016

    Depression can affect anyone at anytime. While certain risk factors are associated with increased risk for depression, people suffering from depression may suffer from different types of depression and even […]

  • What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
    17 May 2016

    The cause of bipolar disorder is not entirely known. Genetic, neurochemical and environmental factors probably interact at many levels to play a role in the onset and progression of bipolar […]

  • What Can I Do About Panic Disorder?
    17 May 2016

    There are two major classes of medications that are equally effective in blocking panic attacks. These are antidepressants and benzodiazepines. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of the […]

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Panic Disorder
    17 May 2016

    What are the common symptoms of panic disorder? Common symptoms of panic disorder include recurrent, unexpected panic attacks that significantly worry the person and impacts their daily functioning. Panic attack […]

  • Complications of Binge Eating
    17 May 2016

    The problems associated with binge eating are related to obesity. Since people consume so many calories in a short period of time, and generally do not burn them off, they […]

  • History of Psychotherapy
    17 May 2016

    Treatment of emotional or psychological problems can be traced to antiquity. The ancient Greeks were the first to identify mental illness as a medical condition, rather than a sign of […]

  • FAQs About Psychotherapy
    17 May 2016

    Can an individual and therapist have a relationship outside of therapy? No. Therapy is a one-way street. The therapist knows a great deal about the patient but the patient does […]

  • Psychodynamic Therapy
    17 May 2016

    Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and […]

  • Quick Facts About Anxiety Disorders
    13 May 2016

    Most people experience feelings of anxiety before an important event such as a big exam, business presentation, or first date. These are normal feelings of anxiety that nearly everyone experiences […]