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Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental 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.

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Youngest children in class more likely to be diagnosed with learning disability

Youngest children in class more likely to be diagnosed with learning disability

Children born in December are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with a learning disorder as those born in January in school districts with a December 31 cut-off date. ADHD was found not to affect the association between month of birth and the likelihood of a learning disability diagnosis.
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International study links brain thinning to psychosis

International study links brain thinning to psychosis

Subtle differences in the shape of the brain that are present in adolescence are associated with the development of psychosis, according to an international team. The 'sobering' results were made using the largest study to date of brain scans in adolescents at risk for psychosis.
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New neuroimaging technique studies brain stimulation for depression

New neuroimaging technique studies brain stimulation for depression

Despite increased use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in psychiatry, the rates at which patients respond to the therapy and experience remission of often-disabling symptoms have been modest at best. Now, a team of psychiatrists and biomedical engineers applied an emerging functional neuroimaging technology, known as diffuse optical tomography (DOT), to better understand how rTMS works so they can begin to improve the brain stimulation procedure's effectiveness in treating depression.
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Little to no increase in association between adolescents’ mental health problems and digital tech

Little to no increase in association between adolescents’ mental health problems and digital tech

A new study suggests that over the past 30 years, there has been little to no increase in the association between adolescents' technology engagement and mental health problems. The study also urges more transparent collaborations between academia and industry.
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Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media

Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media

Research compares effectiveness of seeking social support in real-life versus over social media.
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A third of kids develop a mental health problem after concussion

A third of kids develop a mental health problem after concussion

A third of children and adolescents develop a mental health problem after a concussion, which could persist for several years post-injury, according to a new literature review.
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Researchers identify a psychedelic-like drug without the hallucinogenic side effects

Researchers identify a psychedelic-like drug without the hallucinogenic side effects

Psychedelic drugs have shown promise for treating neuropsychiatric disorders like depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. However, due to their hallucinatory side effects, some researchers are trying to identify drugs that could offer the benefits of psychedelics without causing hallucinations. Researchers now report they have identified one such drug through the development of a genetically encoded fluorescent sensor -- called psychLight -- that can screen for hallucinogenic potential.
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Childhood air pollution exposure linked to poor mental health at age 18

Childhood air pollution exposure linked to poor mental health at age 18

Childhood exposure to air pollution, such as nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter, is a risk factor for mental illness at age 18. It is less of a factor than family history, but equal to lead, according to a new study. The finding comes from a cohort of 2,000 twins born in England and Wales in 1994-1995 and followed to young adulthood.
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The immune link between a leaky blood-brain barrier and schizophrenia

The immune link between a leaky blood-brain barrier and schizophrenia

Research points to the involvement of the immune system the brain as a contributor to mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
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Astronauts’ mental health risks tested in the Antarctic

Astronauts’ mental health risks tested in the Antarctic

Astronauts who spend prolonged time alone in space face mental health stressors like loneliness, isolation and more. A psychologist developed the Mental Health Checklist, a self-reporting instrument for detecting mental health changes in isolated, confined, extreme environments. She's reporting results that show significant declines in positive emotions.
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