fMRI Brain Scans May Diagnose Mental Illness

Problems with the heart have long been diagnosed using tools like electrocardiograms, otherwise known as EKGs. Scans of the brain can already help doctors determine physical and physiological problems, and now researchers think they could improve the accuracy of mental illness diagnoses. The idea holds a lot of promise. If doctors can order a simple,…

Links Between Hypothyroidism and Depression

Hypothyroidism is the medical term for abnormally low function in your thyroid gland, a small structure at the base of your neck responsible for producing two different hormones that play a crucial role in your everyday health. Some people develop an overt, symptom-causing problem called clinical hypothyroidism, while others develop a normally symptom-free condition called…

a woman concerened about unemployment and your mental health after being fired

Surviving Unemployment With Your Mental Health

Job loss is stressful, and the recent recession has caused a substantial increase in unemployment across the country. Anyone who has been fired or laid off understands how the strain and uncertainty can throw a wrench into one’s emotional well-being. Periods of unemployment – particularly lengthy ones – often elicit feelings of anxiety, frustration and…

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Bulimia

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a form of therapy originally developed to address the symptoms of the mood disorder called major depression. Practitioners of this therapy view interpersonal difficulties as one of the primary sources of mental health issues, and work with patients to improve four areas of interpersonal function. Current evidence supports the use of…

DSM 5 Loosens Rules for Adult ADHD Diagnosis

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that begins in childhood and produces varying combinations of classic symptoms such as a reduced ability to maintain attention, diminished behavior control, and unusual bouts of overactivity. Prior to May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) contained a definition for ADHD that…