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  • What is Real Hunger?
    26 Oct 2016

    In order to identify hunger, you must first understand what it is. This is not as easy as it seems. Many of you may never have let yourself experience true […]

  • Unrealistic Expectations Can Cause Failure
    26 Oct 2016

    Weight gain is an evolutionary process. Some people call it creeping weight. The scale turtles inexorably upward – a tight skirt, a belt notch, a can’t-zip-up-my-pants inch at a time. […]

  • Talking to Your Child About the Loss of a Loved One
    13 Oct 2016

    Part 1: Introduction Introduction Communication Barriers Overcoming the Taboos The Challenge of Talking to a Young Child Religion, Death and Other Talking Opportunities Death in the Family Should Children Visit […]

  • An Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis
    13 Oct 2016

    The following is adapted from materials compiled by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, an academic and professional group widely regarded as a source of legitimate scientific and clinical information […]

  • 10 Tips to Help You Overcome Dentist Phobia
    13 Oct 2016

    1. Tell the dentist about your fears. This information will help the dentist determine how to best manage and address those fears. By letting the dentist know exactly why the […]

  • Creativity and Depression
    12 Oct 2016

    “I only know that summer sang in me a little while, that in me sings no more.” That excerpt from one of her sonnets expresses how much poet Edna St. […]

  • The Two Types of Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    The DSM-IV (the diagnostic Bible) divides bipolar disorder into two types, rather unimaginatively labeled bipolar I and bipolar II. “Raging” and “Swinging” are far more apt: Bipolar I Raging bipolar […]

  • Bipolar Disorder Can Be Mistaken for ADHD
    17 May 2016

    When a child’s day brings tantrums, panicked mania or dark spells, he or she could be suffering from something much deeper than an attention-deficit problem. It could be juvenile-onset bipolar […]

  • Back to School Tips
    17 May 2016

    As summer vacations come to an end, students are readying themselves for the start of a new school year. As you prepare to send your child to school arm yourself […]

  • Medications While Pregnant
    17 May 2016

    The research on the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy is limited. The risks are different depending on what medication is taken, and at what point during the pregnancy the […]

  • Medications for Seniors
    17 May 2016

    Persons over the age of 65 make up over 14 percent of the population of the United States, but they receive more than 35 percent of prescriptions filled. As we […]

  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Medications
    17 May 2016

    You and your family can help your doctor find the right medications for you. The doctor needs to know your medical history, other medications being taken, and life plans such […]

  • Antianxiety Medications
    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 include […]

  • Will You Have Access to Those Drugs That Work After a Trial Is Complete?
    17 May 2016

    Understandably, if an investigational drug helps you, you may wish to continue to take it after the trial has been completed. In some instances, a medication that is being investigated […]

  • Antipsychotic Medications
    17 May 2016

    Medications for Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders A person who is psychotic is out of touch with reality. People with psychosis may hear “voices” or have strange and illogical ideas (for […]

  • Medications for Children and Adolescents
    17 May 2016

    In 1999, researchers published a ground-breaking scientific study call the MECA Study (Methodology for Epidemiology of Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents). It estimated that almost 21 percent of U.S. […]

  • Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder Can be Challenging
    17 May 2016

    Consider the following scenario: A person visits their doctor or psychiatrist in a state of near-suicide. After probing for other possible causes of the patient’s condition, the psychiatrist diagnoses that […]

  • Teenage Anger
    17 May 2016

    Teen anger takes many forms. It may be expressed as indignation and resentment, or rage and fury. It is the expression of teenage anger — the behavior — that we […]

  • Teen Depression Symptoms
    17 May 2016

    The following are some of the most common symptoms of teenage depression. These symptoms don’t directly correspond to symptoms of major depression, but they’re similar. A teenager who meets some […]

  • Facts about Suicide
    17 May 2016

    Men are four times more likely than women to die by suicide, but women try to commit suicide twice as often as men (they’re just unsuccessful). Such attempts often are […]

  • An Introduction to Suicide
    17 May 2016

    Suicide is an irrational desire to die. We use the term “irrational” here because no matter how bad a person’s life is, suicide is a permanent solution to what is […]

  • What Causes Schizophrenia?
    17 May 2016

    The causes of schizophrenia, like all mental disorders, are not completely understood or known at this time. There is no known single cause of schizophrenia. Many diseases, such as heart […]

  • Communication Addiction Disorder: Concern over Media, Behavior and Effects
    17 May 2016

    By Joseph B. Walther Dept. of Communication, Cornell University Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association Boston August, 1999 Abstract Recent attention to Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) […]

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
    17 May 2016

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively new clinical treatment that has been scientifically evaluated primarily with trauma survivors. EMDR’s originator, Dr. Francine Shapiro, describes the procedure in […]

  • Types of Abuse
    17 May 2016

    Abuse refers to harmful or injurious treatment of another human being that may include physical, sexual, verbal, psychological/emotional, intellectual, or spiritual maltreatment. Abuse may coexist with neglect, which is defined […]

  • An Overview of Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Medical and therapeutic treatments for bipolar disorder include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, and psychotherapy. Treatment of bipolar disorder is usually lengthy, often lasting years, although most long-term treatment is […]

  • Lifestyles of People with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Bipolar disorder can be influenced by alternative treatments and lifestyle choices — including diet, exercise, sleep, and religious/spiritual practice, coping skills and suicide prevention. There are alternative or complementary treatments […]

  • Psychiatric Medications Give Relief from Symptoms
    17 May 2016

    Psychiatric medications work by giving a person relief from the most severe psychiatric symptoms associated with their disorder. Just as a pain reliever won’t necessarily cure the source of a […]

  • Introduction to Mental Health Medications
    17 May 2016

    Anyone can develop a mental health issue — you, a family member, a friend, or a co-worker. Some mental disorders are mild; others are serious and longer-lasting, but all of […]

  • How Are Clinical Studies of Mental Disorders Designed?
    17 May 2016

    Clinical researchers call the standard scientific approach for trying out treatments a double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Understanding this term, and knowing how and why this approach is used, should […]

  • How Will Treatment in a Clinical Research Study Differ from Treatment Your Own Doctor Provides?
    17 May 2016

    Clinical research often involves providing treatment. Yet, treatment research is different from the care that you would get from your own doctor. Usually, when you go to a doctor, you […]

  • Why Do Patients Participate in Research on Mental Disorders?
    17 May 2016

    There are dozens of possible reasons why a person chooses to participate in research. Most people do it simply to help further our understanding of mental illness or other conditions. […]

  • Domestic Violence Organizations and Resources
    17 May 2016

    Hotlines There are local, state and national support systems available to help victims of domestic violence. They can help with housing, legal information, welfare, treatment and counseling. For a list […]

  • Understanding Domestic Violence
    17 May 2016

    Domestic violence, or violence in the family unit, with women and children as primary victims, is a major public health problem. Domestic violence constitutes a pattern of abusive behavior that […]

  • Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence
    17 May 2016

    Domestic violence physically, psychologically and socially affects women, men and their families. Initially, the abuse usually is an attempt by one partner to exert control through intimidation, fear, verbal abuse […]

  • Dysthymia: Chronic Depression
    17 May 2016

    Dysthymia (or dysthymic disorder) is considered a less severe but longer-lasting form of depression. Dysthymia usually begins at an earlier age than major depression with a more persistent impairment of […]

  • All About Depression
    17 May 2016

    Some people are misguided in thinking that depression is merely a state of mind that people can “snap out of” if they are willing. This is not true. Depression is […]

  • Treatment & Management of Eating Disorders
    17 May 2016

    People living with eating disorders often have a difficult road ahead of them. Unlike other mental health concerns, eating is a necessary bodily function in order to survive. When it […]

  • What Is a “Placebo Control” in a Medication Trial?
    17 May 2016

    Studies of new drugs often compare the effects of an investigational drug with the effects of a placebo. If you are considering whether to take part in a drug trial, […]

  • Does Research Involve Special Risk?
    17 May 2016

    Clinical trials and other research into mental illness is important to help forward our knowledge about these conditions, and the most effective treatments to help people who have them. You […]

  • What Is Informed Consent?
    17 May 2016

    Federal regulations have been created to protect the well-being and rights of volunteers in biomedical research. These regulations (Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 46 or 45 CFR 46) […]

  • Medications Safety
    17 May 2016

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) judges a drug to be safe enough to approve when the benefits of the medicine outweigh the known risks for the labeled use. […]

  • Pharmacy Discount & Patient Assistance Programs
    17 May 2016

    There are a number of ways you can reduce the amount you pay for prescription drugs. These include switching to lower cost generics or different brands with the same or […]

  • Tips for Communicating with Your Doctor
    17 May 2016

    Doctors can be hard to talk to. They might use medical terms that confuse or intimidate you. Or they might rush through your appointment, leaving you with feelings of frustration […]

  • Coping with Chronic Pain
    17 May 2016

    A little pain usually is a good thing. It’s our alarm system. It’s our body’s way of saying, “Hey, that’s hot … get away before it hurts you!” But when […]

  • Medications: Symptom Relief, Not Cure
    17 May 2016

    Just as aspirin can reduce a fever without clearing up the infection that causes it, psychotherapeutic medications act by controlling symptoms. Like most drugs used in medicine, they correct or […]

  • Checklist of Questions for Clinical Trial Participants
    17 May 2016

    So you have been asked to take part in a research study or clinical trial. Congratulations! This can be a very satisfying experience, allowing you to help yourself now and […]

  • Learning About the Results of Research
    17 May 2016

    When you are involved in psychological research or a clinical trial, you can gain access to the results of the study — in the form of a published journal article […]

  • Involvement of Family Members & Others with Research
    17 May 2016

    Depending on your living situation, age, and specific condition, you may wish to involve family members in some parts of a research study. Younger people (or seniors) who are not […]

  • Symptoms of Alcoholism
    17 May 2016

    DSM-IV Criteria for Alcohol Dependence A maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any […]