Definitions, symptoms & possible treatments for a variety of conditions


A look at how mental health conditions are affecting the LGBTQ community


Detailed treatment options for a variety of conditions

Medical Research

Learn about what research is currently being done in the mental health field



For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away...


A primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, & related...


A disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, & impulsivity...

Bipolar Disorder

A brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels...


A mental illness characterized by feelings of sadness that lasts longer than..

Eating Disorders

Serious, often fatal illnesses that causes severe disturbances to a...

Teen Psychotic Disorder

Severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking & perceptions...

Teen Personality Disorders

A group of mental illnesses that involve long-term patterns of thoughts...


The process of intentionally & repeatedly harming oneself...


A chronic & severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels...


LGBTQ+ and Mental Health

LGBTQ+ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities, can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.

How To's

How to Help Someone with a Mental Health Condition

How To Help Someone Struggling With A Mental Health Condition

The best approach to encouraging & support the recovery of a loved one.

How to Talk to Someone After an Attempt

How To Talk To Someone After An Attempt

Finding the right thing to say to make your loved one feel loved, cared for, accepted, supported, & understood.

How To Talk To Your Teen About Self Harm

How To Talk To Your Teen About Self-Harm

Discovering that your teen is engaging in self-harm can be a parent's worst nightmare. Learn how to get your child the help they need.

How to Reach Out to Someone With an Eating Disorder

How To Reach Out To Someone Dealing With An Eating Disorder

Voicing your concerns to a loved one struggling with an eating disorder is vital to their recovery. Learn the best approaches.

Encouraging Your Loved One To Get Help

How To Encourage Your Loved One To Get Help

You know your loved one is struggling, but how do you convince them to get help?

How to Reach out to Someone who is Abusing Substances

How To Reach Out To Someone Who Is Abusing Substances

Whether your loved one is suffering from addiction or an underlying medical issue, it is important to voice your concerns in a loving & non-threatening manner.

How to Help Someone Stay on Their Medication

How To Help Someone Stay On Their Medication

Interrupting a medically prescribed drug regimen can be detrimental to a person's recovery. Explore ways you can encourage your loved one to take their medication properly.

How to End a Relationship With a Person Going Through Depression

How To End A Relationship With A Person Going Through Depression

When is it time to say goodbye in a relationship involving a depressed person?

How to Talk About Your Diagnosis

How To Talk About Your Diagnosis

Getting a diagnosis for a mental illness is no easy task. The hard part for many people is telling family, friends & other loved ones about the diagnosis.

How to Encourage Your Teen To Talk About Their Mental Health

How To Encourage Your Teen To Talk About Their Mental Health

It’s important that young people feel comfortable and supported to talk about their mental health. Find out some things you can do to encourage this.

How to Listen

How to Listen

Even if you haven’t practiced active listening skills, we’re here to tell you that it’s totally possible to become a better listener.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of self-harming or committing suicide, please dial 911 or the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Treatment Options

Medications can play an important part of a treatment plan. Medicines are usually more effective when combined with psychotherapy. In some cases, medication can reduce symptoms so that other methods of a treatment plan can be more effective. For example, a medication may alleviate some significant symptoms of major depression and then talk therapy can help you change negative patterns of thinking.

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Mental health crisis response services are a vital part of any mental health service system. A well-designed crisis response system can provide backup to community providers, perform outreach by connecting first-time users to appropriate services and improve community relations by providing reassurance that the person’s needs are met in a mental health crisis.

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Psychosocial treatments include different types of psychotherapy and social and vocational training, and aim to provide support, education and guidance to people with mental illness and their families. Psychosocial treatments are an effective way to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness and their families. They can lead to fewer hospitalizations and less difficulties at home, at school and at work.

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Traditional medical and therapeutic methods have improved over the years, but often they do not completely lessen or eliminate symptoms of mental illness. As a result, many people use complementary and alternative methods to help with recovery. These non-traditional treatments can be helpful but is important to remember that, unlike prescription medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not review or approve most of them.

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When treatments such as medication and therapy aren’t able to relieve the symptoms of depression or another mental health condition, there are other options available. A psychiatrist might suggest electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or other forms of brain stimulation. Brain stimulation therapies involve stimulating or touching the brain directly with electricity, magnets or implants.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

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Cottonwood: Cottonwood is a residential treatment community for adolescents who may struggle with impulse control disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, mental health disorders, behavioral problems, learning disabilities and developmental delays, and family discord. The programs and services are designed to consider the needs of both the resident and the resident’s family. This family central care philosophy is reflective of Cottonwood’s belief that the needs of the family are integral to and associated with the needs of the resident. Empower individuals with viable tools and the opportunity for change, using individualized, state-of-the-art therapeutic processes, to help them return to their communities as productive, contributing members to live happy, fulfilled lives.

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Paradigm Malibu: Paradigm Malibu’s teen mental health treatments are based on a holistic approach and implements a combination of the best traditional and experimental approaches in therapy, in both individual and group settings. Before being admitted to paradigm, every teen undergoes a thorough psychiatric evaluation, which our team of therapists and other mental health care professionals use, when designing the teen’s individual treatment plan. Each treatment plan is carefully constructed, with a primary goal of providing individualized treatment, according to each teen’s specific condition, symptoms, experiences, and interests. Along these lines, it’s worth noting that at paradigm, we approach therapy according to teens’ strengths and other positive attributes, as opposed to their mental illness and symptoms. This is one way in which we provide therapy that is thorough and precise to the individual, in striving to help teens toward a real and long-lasting recovery. We feel uniquely qualified to provide such individualized care, because of the vast number of types of therapy we’re able to offer, provided by our team of therapists and specialists, dedicated to the well-being of adolescents.

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Medical Research

Web-based Intervention Programs for Depression: A Scoping Review & Evaluation

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There are a number of interactive depression interventions available through the Internet. Recommendations for future programs, or the adaptation of existing programs include offering a greater selection of alternative languages, removing registration restrictions, free trial periods for programs requiring user fees, and amending programs to meet the needs of special populations (eg, those with cognitive and/or visual impairments). Furthermore, discussion of specific and relevant topics to the target audience while also enhancing overall user control would contribute to a more accessible intervention tool.

Treating Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: A Systematic Review of Psychological & Pharmacological Interventions

12 Comments | Self-Harm, Treatment

Structured psychotherapeutic approaches focusing on collaborative therapeutic relationships, motivation for change, and directly addressing NSSI behaviors seem to be most effective in reducing NSSI. Medications targeting the serotonergic, dopaminergic and opioid systems also have demonstrated some benefits. Future studies employing controlled designs as well as a clear delineation of NSSI and SSI will improve knowledge regarding treatment effects.

Some - But Not All - Sugars Were Associated With Depressive Disorders

12 Comments | Depression

Of our many modern diseases, one of the biggest burdens on society is an unexpected one: depression, according to the World Health Organization. And what we eat may be contributing, finds a new study.

The Role of Sleep in Emotional Brain Function

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The ability of the human brain to generate, regulate, and be guided by emotions represents a fundamental process governing our personal lives, our mental health, and our societal structure. Advances in cognitive neuroscience over the past two decades have helped characterize the mechanisms underlying affective brain processes.

Online & Social Networking Interventions For The Treatment of Depression in Young People

12 Comments | Self-Harm, Treatment

Online interventions with a broad cognitive behavioral focus appear to be promising in reducing depression symptomology in young people. Further research is required into the effectiveness of online interventions delivering cognitive behavioral subcomponents, such as problem-solving therapy. Evidence for the use of social networking is less compelling, although limited by a lack of well-designed studies and social networking interventions. A range of future social networking therapeutic opportunities are highlighted.

Study Shows Sleep Therapy As An Aid For Depression

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A new study shows that curing insomnia in people with depression could double their chance of a full recovery. The study shows that using Cognitive Behavioral Insomnia sleep therapy rather than drugs is very effective in treating depression.