One of my family members has a serious obsession with her skin. She is constantly asking if her skin looks "normal." Sometimes she won't even leave the house if … [Read more...] about What Causes Unreasonable Obsession Over Physical Appearance?
Mental Health & Depression
I was diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder about 13 years ago. Now I've noticed that I have been on less than the recommended dose of lithium and … [Read more...] about Can Bipolar Disorder Go Away On Its Own?
I'm happily married, have healthy children, and a great job. However, I feel like crying all the time. I can't shake the feeling that something important is … [Read more...] about What Are The Early Signs Of Major Depression?
I have a question about Paxil and Wellbutrin. I was on Paxil for about a month, when I began to have shakiness, nervousness and jitteriness. It was very … [Read more...] about Nervous Jitters And Anxiety Associated With Antidepressants
Can an anti-depressant, such as Zoloft, cause memory loss, mental fogginess, and personality changes? Zoloft (sertraline) is one of the anti-depressant drugs … [Read more...] about Can Zoloft Cause Memory Problems And Personality Changes?
My wife is in her late forties and suffers from mild depression and is on a drug called Serzone. Her sex drive seems unusually high -- especially when she has … [Read more...] about Can Depression Medication Lower Your Sex Drive?
I was on Paxil a few years ago, and it worked great. I was told that Paxil was a "second-generation" Prozac and had fewer side effects. If there are newer and … [Read more...] about Why Is Prozac Still Prescribed When There Are Newer Antidepressants?
I've recently been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder that has resulted in moderate depression. I am taking Serzone -- 300 milligrams in the morning and … [Read more...] about Is Serzone A Safe And Effective Drug For General Anxiety?
I've been depressed for about three years and it is getting worse. At times I think I'm getting better but it always comes back. I can't explain it at all. How … [Read more...] about What Can You Do When Depression Becomes Debilitating?
My wife thinks I have borderline personality disorder. What is it and how do i know if i have it? Well, there is a lot of debate and controversy surrounding … [Read more...] about How Do I Know If I Have Borderline Personality Disorder?
My sister was admitted to a hospital yesterday for clinical depression. She has tried several antidepressants to no avail. A doctor who has not treated her is … [Read more...] about Is Shock Therapy An Effective Way To Treat Depression?
Is it OK to combine St. John's wort with a prescription medication like Zoloft? Absolutely not! St. John's wort may be a natural herb, but it may create … [Read more...] about Is It Safe To Take St. John’s Wort While Using Zoloft?
My daughter, 14, has been struggling with severe depression, auditory hallucinations and some manic episodes for several months. There are days when she seems … [Read more...] about Diagnosing Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder In Children
My husband is being treated for severe depression with Zoloft, and Trazadone. He has major mood swings from elation and boundless energy to sleeping for two or … [Read more...] about What Medicine Can Help Treat Manic Depression?
I have been on Paxil for four years and have gained 40 pounds. I am 42 years old. I also want to quit smoking and the doctor prescribed Wellbutrin. I tried to … [Read more...] about How Can I Switch Antidepressants Without Experiencing Panic Attacks?
My mother has been on an antidepressant called Triavil for over 15 years. She also takes Ativan on a daily basis. Her energy level is very low, and she also … [Read more...] about How Can Someone Get Out Of Deep Depression?
I am a new mother of a six-month-old girl. Recently, I have been losing control of my emotions at times. My frustration quickly turns to anger that I cannot … [Read more...] about Can Irritability And Anger Be A Sign Of Depression?
The short answer is "yes." A woman is approximately twice as likely to have a major depressive disorder or dysthymia (a less severe, more chronic depression) … [Read more...] about Are Women More Likely Than Men To Suffer From Depression?
Three months after starting on Paxil I was feeling too dragged down to continue so my doctor started me on 25 milligrams (mg) of Zoloft. I have been taking it … [Read more...] about Will The Side Effects From Zoloft Lessen Over Time?
My friend's daughter is bulimic. Should she be concerned? How does bulimia damage the body? Bulimia nervosa is a serious threat to physical and mental … [Read more...] about How Does Bulimia Damage The Body?
My doctor doesn't seem to care. I have taken Prozac as long as it's been on the market, starting with one 20 mg tablet a day. After some years it didn't seem to … [Read more...] about Is It OK To Adjust Prozac Dosages Without Consulting A Doctor?
My husband has severe depression with psychotic episodes. He takes antidepressant and anti-psychotic medications. Recently the doctor has been asking him if he … [Read more...] about How Do You Distinguish Between Depression And Schizophrenia?
I have mixed and rapid cycling bipolar disorder. I have looked everywhere for info but to no avail. Is this bipolar version harder to treat than the other … [Read more...] about What Is Mixed And Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder?
I have been on Zoloft (50mg) for more than a year. I am 38. Before taking the drug, I was always feeling down and had no motivation. Zoloft helped a lot. Now I … [Read more...] about When And How Can You Stop Taking Zoloft?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a neurobiologic disorder in which a person has recurrent obsessions or compulsions that are severe enough to be … [Read more...] about What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
I'm a 28-year-old woman who has been taking Zoloft for over a year. I have no interest in sex whatsoever. While the drug has helped some of my symptoms of … [Read more...] about Does Zoloft Cause Disinterest In Sex?
I live in Seattle and am surrounded by gloom nine months out of the year. I have been diagnosed with clinical depression and have been taking Zoloft and … [Read more...] about What Can Be Done For Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for major depression, mania, and certain forms of schizophrenia. Developed almost sixty years … [Read more...] about What Is ECT And Is It Safe?
My husband has bipolar disorder and is not taking any medication, by choice, because of the side effects. He seems to be doing better without the medications, … [Read more...] about Are Drugs Necessary To Treat Bipolar Disorder?
Ever since my stepfather died last year, I have been in a funk. We weren't close and I don't understand my reaction. I have been prone to depression my whole … [Read more...] about What Is The Difference Between Grief And Depression?
I am 24 and have recently been suffering from what I believe is anxiety. What scares me the most is the racing heart symptoms. Is this normal? Yes, people with … [Read more...] about Is A Rapid Heartbeat A Symptom Of Anxiety?
I've been depressed probably all my life. I'm now taking 75 milligrams (mg) of Effexor and 50 mg of Depakote 50mg daily. Becase of the sexual dysfunctions, we … [Read more...] about Is There An Antidepressant That Won’t Cause Loss Of Libido?
My mother had a full hysterectomy (removal of uterus and ovaries) about nine months ago. Soon after that she started feeling very afraid of being by herself. … [Read more...] about What Can Be Done For Depression Associated With Hysterectomy?
I was in a very bad accident a year ago. I had to have plastic surgery to re-assemble my face, among other injuries. Since this accident, I have been very … [Read more...] about How Can I Deal With Post-Traumatic Stress?
Reboxetine is the generic name of a new drug for treating depression. It has been sold in parts of Europe under the brand name Edronax. The manufacturer, … [Read more...] about Could You Tell Me About Reboxetine?
Is there something I can buy over-the-counter for depression? It's getting pretty bad and I'm desperate for help. I'm 53, had a hysterectomy about 5 years ago … [Read more...] about Are There Over-The-Counter Medications For Depression?
I've spent some time talking about the holiday blues -- what they are, how to recognize when they turn into serious symptoms of depression (so you can get … [Read more...] about What Are Some Ways I Can Minimize The Holiday Blues?
I am 26, have been married for one-and-a-half years. I suffered from depression from ages 6 to 22 and was treated with antidepressants from 17 to 23. I have not … [Read more...] about Is There A Link Between Depression And Sexual Dysfunction?
My niece and I have been having an argument about the difference between schizophrenia and phobias. I have social phobia and have been extremely shy all my … [Read more...] about What Is The Difference Between Social Phobia And Schizophrenia?
I have a son with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, a slow, progressive terminal illness. He is now 10. I struggle daily with trying desperately to keep my … [Read more...] about Is It Safe To Take Xanax To Relieve Daily Stress?
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a procedure that was originally developed for the treatment of severe epilepsy (seizures). In this procedure, which does … [Read more...] about What Is Vagal Nerve Stimulation For The Treatment Of Depression?
About five years ago, I suffered the enormous shock of a dear friend dying in a tragic accident. This was followed a year later by a stressful wedding, in-law … [Read more...] about How Can I Treat Panic Attacks Without The Use Of Drugs?
Why is there so much stigma and derogatory comments made about people with psychiatric disorders? I think it is pretty obvious that the usual reaction in our … [Read more...] about Where Does The Stigma Associated With Mental Illness Come From?
I have taken antidepressant medications on and off for many years. I do not seem to be able to stay off of them for very long without experiencing a relapse in … [Read more...] about The Health Effects Of Taking Antidepressants
My husband takes lithium for bipolar disorder. We would like to have a baby. Is there any information about possible effects on the baby if the father is taking … [Read more...] about Is Bipolar Disorder Genetic?
For the past three months, my 6 year-old nephew, Joseph, says things like, "I hate myself, nobody likes me, nobody loves me, I'm stupid." His parents have been … [Read more...] about Depression Symptoms In Children
I think that I may have some sort of anxiety disorder. When I am around a large group of people, or even one or two people, I tend to clam-up and get really … [Read more...] about What Is Social Anxiety Disorder And How Can I Treat It?
The term "nervous breakdown" is a lay term for what happens when a person experiences a severe disruption in normal behavior, thinking and emotions. Many … [Read more...] about What Causes A Nervous Breakdown?
Regular exercisers know that working out not only makes them look good, it also makes them feel good. Grandma knew about this link between physical activity and … [Read more...] about Exercise To Treat Depression And Anxiety
Manic-depressive psychosis (also referred to as bipolar disorder or manic depression) and schizoaffective disorder are actually two different mental disorders, … [Read more...] about Manic Depression And Schizoaffective Disorder
It might be quicker to name the conditions that are not caused or influenced by stress. Negative emotional stress is something that can be hard to avoid in … [Read more...] about What Are Some Problems Stress Can Cause?
When winter approaches and the days get shorter, do you get the blues, feel sluggish and have low energy? Do you crave sweets and carbohydrates and gain some … [Read more...] about Seasonal Affective Disorder Causes And Treatment
Adolescence is tough enough without suffering from a fear of social contact. Kids with social phobia dread walking into the school cafeteria, have trouble … [Read more...] about Fear Of Friendship – Helping Your Child Conquer Social Phobia
No one complains when they feel really good, and therein lies a problem. The hallmark of bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, is mood swings: periods … [Read more...] about Bipolar Disorder Often Mistaken For Major Depression
Shannon Rawls's 6-year-old son, Daniel, is a personable, charismatic boy with no shortage of playmates--in his good moments. The trouble is that you never know … [Read more...] about Bipolar Kids – Seen, Heard, But Often Not Recognized
The downside of stress has been well documented by data that links it to many health conditions including depression, heart disease, and gastrointestinal … [Read more...] about Can Some Sorts Of Stress Be Good For Your Health?