Mental Health

Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.

A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at school or work or in relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). Please call us. We can help you live a better life.

High stress related to coronavirus is the new normal for many parents, says new APA survey

High stress related to coronavirus is the new normal for many parents, says new APA survey

Nearly half of parents of children under age 18 say their stress levels related to the coronavirus pandemic are high, with managing their kids' online learning a significant source of stress for many, according to a new survey by the American Psychological Association.
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Is your job killing you? Stress, lack of autonomy, ability can lead to depression, death

Is your job killing you? Stress, lack of autonomy, ability can lead to depression, death

A new study finds that our mental health and mortality have a strong correlation with the amount of autonomy we have at our job, our workload and job demands, and our cognitive ability to deal with those demands.
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Coronavirus infections may lead to delirium and potentially PTSD

Coronavirus infections may lead to delirium and potentially PTSD

People taken ill by coronavirus infections may experience psychiatric problems while hospitalized and potentially after they recover, research suggests.
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How experiencing traumatic stress leads to aggression

How experiencing traumatic stress leads to aggression

Traumatic stress can cause aggression by strengthening two brain pathways involved in emotion, according to new research. Targeting those pathways via deep brain stimulation may stymie aggression associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Personal accounts of childhood maltreatment matter more for mental health than records

Personal accounts of childhood maltreatment matter more for mental health than records

Personal accounts of childhood maltreatment show a stronger association with psychiatric problems compared to legal proof that maltreatment occurred, according to a new study.
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Acute stress may slow down the spread of fears

Acute stress may slow down the spread of fears

Psychologists find that we are less likely to amplify fears in social exchange if we are stressed.
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Transcranial direct current stimulation is a safe treatment

Transcranial direct current stimulation is a safe treatment

Transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS, is a promising treatment for conditions such as depression and addictive disorders. New evidence on the safety of transcranial direct current stimulation was recently offered by a new study showing that tDCS does not affect metabolism.
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Middle age may be much more stressful now than in the ’90s

Middle age may be much more stressful now than in the ’90s

A new study found that life may be more stressful now than it was in the 1990s, especially for people between the ages of 45 and 64.
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‘Loss of pleasure’ found in teen sleep study

‘Loss of pleasure’ found in teen sleep study

Sleep patterns around the world have been disrupted as screen time increases and sleep routines change with COVID-19 self-isolation requirements. Negative mood is not unusual in adolescence, but lack of sleep can affect mental health, causing anhedonia (or loss of pleasure), anxiety, anger and significantly increasing the risk of depression, a global study of more than 350,000 teens shows.
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Targeting depression: Researchers ID symptom-specific targets for treatment of depression

Targeting depression: Researchers ID symptom-specific targets for treatment of depression

For the first time, physician-scientists have identified two clusters of depressive symptoms that responded to two distinct neuroanatomical treatment targets in patients who underwent transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS) for treatment of depression. The team's findings shed new light on the brain circuitry underlying specific symptoms of depression and may facilitate personalized TMS therapy for depression and other psychiatric or neurological disorders.
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