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.

Antibodies could provide new treatment for OCD

Antibodies could provide new treatment for OCD

Mental health conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder could be treated in a new way using drugs that target the immune system, research suggests.
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Maternal hypertensive disorders may lead to mental health disorders in children

Maternal hypertensive disorders may lead to mental health disorders in children

Hypertensive pregnancy disorders, especially preeclampsia -- may increase the risk of psychological development disorders and behavioral and emotional disorders in children. This is the first study to show that preeclampsia predicts increased offspring risk of any childhood mental disorder, regardless of mental disorders in the parents and other conditions.
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Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release

Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release

Using magnetic nanoparticles, scientists stimulate the adrenal gland in rodents to control release of hormones linked to stress.
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Genetics linked to childhood emotional, social and psychiatric problems

Genetics linked to childhood emotional, social and psychiatric problems

Emotional, social and psychiatric problems in children and adolescents have been linked to higher levels of genetic vulnerability for adult depression.
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Children of parents with mental illness have higher risk of injuries

Children of parents with mental illness have higher risk of injuries

Children to parents suffering from mental illness have a higher risk of injuries than other children, according to a new study. The risk is elevated up to 17 years of age and peaks during the first year of life. The findings highlight the need for parents with mental illness to receive extra support around child injury prevention measures as well as early treatment of mental morbidity among expecting parents.
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Promising advance in depression research

Promising advance in depression research

Despite their effectiveness, only 40% of patients respond to the first antidepressant they try. A recent article strongly suggests that a particular protein, GPR56, is involved in the biology of depression and the effect of antidepressants. The research team believes that this protein could offer a novel target for new antidepressant drugs.
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Therapy dogs may help lower emergency clinicians’ stress

Therapy dogs may help lower emergency clinicians’ stress

New research indicates that for physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department, interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress.
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Treatment relieves depression in 90% of participants in small study

Treatment relieves depression in 90% of participants in small study

A new form of magnetic brain stimulation rapidly relieved symptoms of severe depression in 90% of participants in a small study.
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How stress remodels the brain

How stress remodels the brain

Stress restructures the brain by halting the production of crucial ion channel proteins, according to research in mice.
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Mother/infant skin-to-skin touch boosts baby’s brain development and function

Mother/infant skin-to-skin touch boosts baby’s brain development and function

New research shows that extended use of Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, can positively benefit full-term infants and their mothers, with important implications for post-partum depression.
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