Mental Health

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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.

Many parents say teens with anxiety, depression may benefit from peer confidants at school

Many parents say teens with anxiety, depression may benefit from peer confidants at school

Three-quarters of parents in a new national poll think peers better understand teen challenges, compared to teachers or counselors in the school.
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COVID-19 vaccine creates incentive to improve our health

COVID-19 vaccine creates incentive to improve our health

While we wait for our turn to get vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, we could -- and probably should -- use the time to make sure we bring our healthiest emotional and physical selves to the treatment, a new review of previous research suggests.
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Mental health of ICU staff should be immediate priority, new study shows

Mental health of ICU staff should be immediate priority, new study shows

New research shows nearly half of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff are likely to meet the threshold for PTSD, severe anxiety or problem drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Metabolism may play role in recurrent major depression

Metabolism may play role in recurrent major depression

Researchers have found that certain metabolites -- small molecules produced by the process of metabolism -- may be predictive indicators for persons at risk for recurrent major depressive disorder.
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More than half of COVID-19 health care workers at risk for mental health problems

More than half of COVID-19 health care workers at risk for mental health problems

A new study suggests more than half of doctors, nurses, and emergency responders involved in COVID-19 care could be at risk for one or more mental health problems, including acute traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, problematic alcohol use, and insomnia. The researchers found that the risk of these mental health conditions was comparable to rates observed during natural disasters, such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.
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Fragmented sleep patterns can predict vulnerability to chronic stress

Fragmented sleep patterns can predict vulnerability to chronic stress

New research used an animal model to demonstrate how abnormal sleep architecture can be a predictor of stress vulnerability. These important findings have the potential to inform the development of sleep tests that can help identify who may be susceptible -- or resilient -- to future stress.
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Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing — but unlikely to work for everyone

Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing — but unlikely to work for everyone

Mindfulness courses can reduce anxiety, depression and stress and increase mental wellbeing within most but not all non-clinical settings, say a team of researchers. They also found that mindfulness may be no better than other practices aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing.
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Can a mother’s stress impact children’s disease development?

Can a mother’s stress impact children’s disease development?

A researcher finds that stress on an expectant mother could affect her baby's chance of developing disease -- perhaps even over the course of the child's life.
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Scientists identify workflow algorithm to predict psychosis

Scientists identify workflow algorithm to predict psychosis

Cleverly combining artificial and human intelligence leads to improved prevention of psychosis in young patients.
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Religion, psychology share methods for reducing distress, study finds

Religion, psychology share methods for reducing distress, study finds

Religious people facing life crises rely on emotion-regulation strategies that psychologists also use, a new study finds. They look for positive ways of thinking about hardship, a practice known to psychologists as 'cognitive reappraisal.' They also tend to have confidence in their ability to cope with difficulty, a trait called 'coping self-efficacy.' Both have been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
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