Mental Health

Mental Health Services in Battle Creek MI | Consult Psychiatrist Online

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.

Mental Health Services in Battle Creek MI | Behavioral Health Care

Adults sleep better together than they do alone

Adults sleep better together than they do alone

A new study finds a relationship between bed sharing, sleep and mental health. Adults who share a bed with a partner or spouse sleep better than those who sleep alone, according to a new study.
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Parents' unpredictable behavior may impair optimal brain circuit formation

Parents' unpredictable behavior may impair optimal brain circuit formation

Researchers are conducting pioneering research into the concept that unpredictable parental behaviors, together with unpredictable environment, such as lack of routines and frequent disasters, disrupt optimal emotional brain circuit development in children, increasing their vulnerability to mental illness and substance abuse.
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New study shows bidirectional link between inflammatory bowel disease and depression

New study shows bidirectional link between inflammatory bowel disease and depression

A new study shows that patients diagnosed with IBD were nine times as likely to develop depression than the general population. In addition, their siblings who did not suffer from IBD were almost two times as likely to develop depression. Conversely, patients with depression were two times as likely to develop IBD, and their siblings without depression were more than one and a half times as likely to develop IBD.
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Team sports linked to fewer mental health difficulties for kids

Team sports linked to fewer mental health difficulties for kids

A large-scale study of U.S. children and adolescents has found that participation in a team sport is associated with fewer mental health difficulties, but that kids who are exclusively involved in an individual sport--such as tennis or wrestling--may face greater mental health difficulties than kids who do no sports at all.
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Finding the biological roots for pathological social withdrawal, Hikikomori

Finding the biological roots for pathological social withdrawal, Hikikomori

Researchers analyzed the blood of Hikikomori patients and found key biomarkers for the condition included higher ornithine and long-chain acylcarnitine levels and lower levels of bilirubin and arginine. Further analysis was able to distinguish between hikikomori and healthy volunteers and even predict with high accuracy the severity of the condition. The team hopes their findings can lead to better specialized treatments and support for hikikomori.
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Pregnant moms and depression: Study links rising symptoms to kids' behavioral issues

Pregnant moms and depression: Study links rising symptoms to kids' behavioral issues

Children whose mothers experience rising levels of depression from prepregnancy until the months just after giving birth are at greater risk of developing emotional, social and academic problems, psychology researchers report. Their seven-year study, which tracked mothers and their offspring from preconception until the children were 5 years old, is the first to demonstrate how changes in mothers' level of depression over time may impact early childhood behavioral and emotional stability.
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Eye-movement tracking glasses are used to evaluate mental stress in first naturalistic study of critical care nurses

Eye-movement tracking glasses are used to evaluate mental stress in first naturalistic study of critical care nurses

New research shows that the mental workload of intensive care unit nurses can successfully be evaluated using eye-movement tracking glasses.
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New studies shed light on election-related stress

New studies shed light on election-related stress

A new study finds anticipating stress related to political elections can affect people's emotional well-being before anything has even happened. But a related study shows that education can help protect people against those stresses -- even for individuals who are actively engaged in the political process.
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Children who play adventurously have better mental health

Children who play adventurously have better mental health

Children who spend more time playing adventurously have lower symptoms of anxiety and depression, and were happier over the first Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research.
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Medication treatment of pediatric psychiatric disorders reduces the later onset of substance use problems

Medication treatment of pediatric psychiatric disorders reduces the later onset of substance use problems

Pharmacologic treatment in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders reduces the risk of substance use later in life, especially in ADHD. Earlier-onset and longer-lasting treatment were most effective at reducing the later onset of substance use disorders.
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