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.

Anxious about COVID-19?  Stress can have lasting impacts on sperm and future offspring

Anxious about COVID-19? Stress can have lasting impacts on sperm and future offspring

Prolonged fear and anxiety brought on by major stressors, like the coronavirus pandemic, can not only take a toll on a person's mental health, but may also have a lasting impact on a man's sperm composition that could affect his future offspring.
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Ritalin and similar medications cause brain to focus on benefits of work, not costs

Ritalin and similar medications cause brain to focus on benefits of work, not costs

New research from cognitive neuroscientists has pinpointed how stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall can change people's motivation to complete difficult tasks.
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Childhood obesity linked to higher risk of anxiety, depression and premature death

Childhood obesity linked to higher risk of anxiety, depression and premature death

Two new studies underscore health risks associated with childhood obesity. Children with obesity have a three times higher risk of mortality in early adulthood compared with children in the general population and are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
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Doctors urged to reconsider controversial acne drug

Doctors urged to reconsider controversial acne drug

Acne treatment including the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin should be made more readily available despite reports of its association with depression and teen suicide, a study recommends.
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Kids who blame themselves for mom’s sadness are more likely to face depression and anxiety

Kids who blame themselves for mom’s sadness are more likely to face depression and anxiety

"Even if she doesn't say it, I know it's my fault that my mother gets sad." Kids who believe comments like this - assuming blame for their mom's sadness or depression - are more likely to face depression and anxiety themselves.
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Poor sleep in infancy linked to behavioral and emotional problems in toddlers

Poor sleep in infancy linked to behavioral and emotional problems in toddlers

Disrupted and poor quality sleep in the earliest months of a child's life can be an indicator of depression, anxiety and behavioral problems among toddlers, according to a new study.
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Persistent sleep difficulties in infancy linked to heightened risk of childhood anxieties

Persistent sleep difficulties in infancy linked to heightened risk of childhood anxieties

Persistent sleep difficulties during the first 12 months of life are linked to a heightened risk of developing childhood anxieties and emotional disorders, indicates research.
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Gratitude interventions don’t help with depression, anxiety

Gratitude interventions don’t help with depression, anxiety

Go ahead and be grateful for the good things in your life. Just don't think that a gratitude intervention will help you feel less depressed or anxious. In a new study, researchers analyzed results from 27 separate studies that examined the effectiveness of gratitude interventions on reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. The results showed that such interventions had limited benefits at best.
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Can light therapy help improve mood in people with concussion?

Can light therapy help improve mood in people with concussion?

People with mild traumatic brain injury who are exposed to early morning blue light therapy may experience a decrease in depression and other concussion symptoms, according to a preliminary study.
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Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions

Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers. Instead poor connectivity between 'hubs' within the brain is much more strongly related to children's difficulties.
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