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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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No evidence that depression is caused by low serotonin levels, finds comprehensive review

No evidence that depression is caused by low serotonin levels, finds comprehensive review

After decades of study, there remains no clear evidence that serotonin levels or serotonin activity are responsible for depression, according to a major review of prior research.
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Could eating fruit more often keep depression at bay?

Could eating fruit more often keep depression at bay?

A study surveyed 428 adults and looked at the relationship between their consumption of fruit, vegetables, sweet and savoury food snacks and their psychological health. The more often people ate fruit, the lower they scored for depression and the higher for mental wellbeing.
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For people with heart defects, mental health support is essential to care at every age

For people with heart defects, mental health support is essential to care at every age

Resilience and a high quality of life are demonstrated by many individuals born with heart defects; however, they may face a range of health-related psychological and social challenges throughout their lives. A new scientific statement reviews potential psychological and social challenges that occur from infancy through adulthood among people born with heart defects and the types of mental health care that may be beneficial. The statement advocates for mental health professionals to be integrated within interdisciplinary teams that provide medical care to children and adults with congenital heart defects, which is more common in cancer care than cardiac care.
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Is stroke linked to depression before it occurs?

Is stroke linked to depression before it occurs?

While depression is a common problem for people who have had a stroke, some people may have symptoms of depression years before their stroke, according to a new study. Researchers found that, in people who developed a stroke, symptoms of depression preceded the onset of stroke and further worsened after the stroke.
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Scientists pinpoint reason why women may not respond to depression treatments the same as men

Scientists pinpoint reason why women may not respond to depression treatments the same as men

Previous analyses within the nucleus accumbens showed that different genes were turned on or off in women, but not in men diagnosed with depression. These changes could have caused symptoms of depression, or alternatively, the experience of being depressed could have changed the brain -- a clue to why anti-depressants had not been successful for some women.
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Gardening can cultivate better mental health

Gardening can cultivate better mental health

New research suggests that many people may indeed reap mental health benefits from working with plants -- even if they've never gardened before.
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Depression in fathers and children linked, regardless of genetic relatedness

Depression in fathers and children linked, regardless of genetic relatedness

Adolescent depression and behavior problems are on the rise and paternal depression may be contributing to this increase, regardless of whether the fathers and children are genetically related, according to new research.
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Helping teens channel stress, grow in resilience

Helping teens channel stress, grow in resilience

The mental health crisis among teens has prompted an urgent quest for preventive interventions. Researchers believe they have one. As the team explains in a recent study, the 30-minute online training module teaches teenagers to channel their stress responses away from something negative that needs to be feared and tamped down towards recognizing those responses -- sweaty palms, a racing heart, for example -- as a positive driving force.
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Safety first: How stigma may impact health

Safety first: How stigma may impact health

Lack of safety, according to a new theory, may have a direct impact on the health of people in marginalized communities, particularly the LGBTQ community. The theory challenges decades of thinking that health disparities in the LGBTQ community are primarily due to encounters with stressful and discriminatory events, a concept called 'minority stress.'
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Nervous system workings related to PTSD, other mental health disorders

Nervous system workings related to PTSD, other mental health disorders

A new study measures changes in the human brain's response to a perceived threat following non-invasive stimulation of the nervous system via the vagus nerve. The results have implications for the development of treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions, as well as for increasing alertness and attention during learning.
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