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  • Getting Help for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Anyone with bipolar disorder should be under the care of a psychiatrist skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. Other mental health professionals, such as psychologists and psychiatric […]

  • Psychotic Depression
    17 May 2016

    There’s depression, which if you have depression, most people have. And then there’s psychotic depression, or more technically known as major depressive disorder with psychotic features. This is a far […]

  • Seniors and Depression
    17 May 2016

    Depression in Seniors As we age, many people believe that it is normal or expected that a person should become more depressed. But that’s not the case. Depression is not […]

  • Child Depression and Adolescent Depression
    17 May 2016

    Table of Contents: An Introduction to the Depression Series Types of Depression Symptoms of Depression and Mania Causes of Depression Depression in Women, Seniors and Children Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment […]

  • Frequently Asked Questions about the STAR*D Study
    17 May 2016

    STAR*D is one of the largest, independent and most robust studies ever undertaken by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the effectiveness of a variety of medications in […]

  • Diabetes and Depression
    17 May 2016

    Depression can strike anyone, but people with diabetes may be at a greater risk. Diabetes is a serious health concern that afflicts an estimated 16 million Americans. Treatment for depression […]

  • 10 Ways to Help Someone Who’s Depressed
    17 May 2016

    It’s often frustrating and can make a person feel helpless to try and help someone who’s depressed or who suffers from depression. Whether it’s clinical depression or the winter blues, […]

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders In-Depth
    17 May 2016

    The autism spectrum disorders are more common in children and teens than are some better known disorders such as diabetes, spinal bifida, or Down syndrome. A recent study of a […]

  • Conditions Associated with Autism
    17 May 2016

    There are a number of concerns that often accompany someone with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), otherwise known as autism. Sensory Problems When children’s perceptions are accurate, they can learn from […]

  • How Autism is Diagnosed
    17 May 2016

    Although there are many concerns about labeling a young child with an autism spectrum disorder, the earlier the diagnosis of autism is made, the earlier needed interventions can begin. Evidence […]

  • Treatment of Autism
    17 May 2016

    There is no single best treatment package for all children with ASD. One point that most professionals agree on is that early intervention is important; another is that most individuals […]

  • Medications for Autism
    17 May 2016

    Medications are often used to treat behavioral problems, such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, and severe tantrums, that keep the person with an autism spectrum disorder (“autism”) from functioning more effectively […]

  • Women and Depression
    17 May 2016

    Depression in Women Before adolescence, there is little difference in the rate of depression in boys and girls. But between the ages of 11 and 13 there is a precipitous […]

  • An Overview of Borderline Personality Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, […]

  • Medications for Anxiety, Panic and Phobias
    17 May 2016

    Everyone experiences anxiety at one time or another: “butterflies in the stomach” before giving a speech or sweaty palms during a job interview are common symptoms. Other symptoms of anxiety […]

  • Facts About Phobias
    17 May 2016

    Phobias are persistent, irrational fears of certain objects or situations. Phobias occur in several forms; the fear associated with a phobia can focus on a particular object (specific phobia) or […]

  • Specific Phobias
    17 May 2016

    Many people experience specific phobias (intense, irrational fears of certain things or situations) — dogs, closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, water, flying and injuries involving blood are a […]

  • Social Phobia
    17 May 2016

    Social phobia is an intense fear of becoming humiliated in social situations, specifically of embarrassing yourself in front of other people. It often runs in families and may be accompanied […]

  • About Taking Medications for Schizophrenia
    17 May 2016

    Antipsychotic medications reduce the risk of future psychotic episodes in patients who have recovered from an acute episode. Even with continued drug treatment, some people who have recovered will suffer […]

  • Helpful Hints about Schizophrenia for Family Members & Others
    17 May 2016

    People with schizophrenia often encounter challenges when it comes to their friends and family. Family often try and cope with someone who has schizophrenia for a period of time, but […]

  • Medications for Schizophrenia
    17 May 2016

    Antipsychotic medications have been available since the mid-1950s. They have greatly improved the outlook for individual patients. These medications reduce the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia and usually allow the patient […]

  • Psychosocial Treatments for Schizophrenia
    17 May 2016

    Antipsychotic drugs have proven to be crucial in relieving the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia — hallucinations, delusions, and incoherence — but are not consistent in relieving the behavioral symptoms of […]

  • Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse
    17 May 2016

    Substance abuse is a common concern of the family and friends of people with schizophrenia. Since some people who abuse drugs may show symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia, people […]

  • Side Effects of Medications for Schizophrenia
    17 May 2016

    Antipsychotic drugs, like virtually all medications, have unwanted effects along with their beneficial effects. During the early phases of drug treatment, patients may be troubled by side effects such as […]

  • Symptoms of Schizophrenia
    17 May 2016

    The first signs of schizophrenia often appear as confusing, or even shocking, changes in behavior. Coping with the symptoms of schizophrenia can be especially difficult for family members who remember […]

  • Adults with Autism
    17 May 2016

    Some adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially those with high-functioning autism or with Asperger syndrome, are able to work successfully in mainstream jobs. Nevertheless, communication and social problems […]