|Abuse. Abuse occurs when people mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well being. More...|
|Addictions. Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. More...|
|Addictions: Alcohol and Substance Abuse. People who become addicted to alcohol/drugs are gradually introduced and desensitized to them over a period of time. More...|
|ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A detailed description of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), its causes, symptoms and treatments. ADHD is a neurological disorder that develops during childhood and can persist into adulthood. More...|
|Adoption. Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. More...|
|Aging & Geriatrics. This topic center provides information about disease prevention and health promotion activities which can help you prevent, delay, or manage problems associated with aging.
|Alternative Mental Health Medicine. This topic center provides information on complementary and alternative forms of medicine, including acupuncture, chiropractic, energy healing, herbal, amino acid, vitamin, naturopathic and homeopathic treatments, hypnosis, massage, spiritual healing, traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, meditation and yoga. More...|
|Anger Management. Anger is a basic and normal emotion, but one that can easily become destructive and lead to health and social problems. Explore information in this topic center on the nature of anger, and anger management therapy and techniques. More...|
|Anxiety Disorders. In this topic center you'll find information on the Anxiety Disorders, including phobia (social anxiety, agoraphobia, etc.), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. More...|
|Autism. This topic center provides a comprehensive overview of causes and treatments for Autism, a brain disease characterized by the presence of severe communication, language and social deficits in affected persons. More...|
|Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder causes people to swing between extreme, severe and typically sustained mood states which affect their energy levels, attitudes, behavior and ability to function. More...|
|Child & Adolescent Development: Overview. An overview of child development theories from a developmental psychological point of view. Reviewed theorists include freud, kohlberg, erikson, piaget, bronfenbrenner More...|
|Child Care. This topic center provides information on choosing and selecting childcare or daycare, including types of daycare, license issues, how to search for daycare and the interview process. More...|
|Child Development & Parenting:Adolescence (12-24). The adolescent developmental period is a lengthy period of transition spanning the ages of 12-24 years. During adolescence a metamorphous occurs as dependent children become independent adults. More...|
|Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses. The Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses topic center provides an overview of mental and emotional disorders and illnesses impacting children and their families including attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), mental retardation, autism and other pervasive development disorders, and disorders of learning, speech and communication, movement, motor function, feeding, conduct, elimination, and anxiety (such as selective mutism and separation anxiety).
|Conversion Disorders. Somatoform Disorders such as hypochondriasis and conversion disorder involve the occurrence of physical symptoms suggestive of a medical problem, in the absence actual medical problems that could account for the symptoms. More...|
|Death & Dying. Information on how to prepare in advance for your own death, the grieving process, and how to help and comfort people who are dying. More...|
|Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties. A comprehensive overview of the mood disorders with an emphasis on the causes of and treatments for depression. More...|
|Disabilities. To have a disability means that one has fundamental difficulty accomplishing things that others take for granted. More...|
|Dissociative Disorders. Dissociation is a cognitive process through which memory and attention become altered. The spectrum of dissociative disorders spans simple depersonalization, amnesia, dissociative fugue, and dissociative identity (multiple personality) disorder. More...|
|Divorce. Divorce refers to the often messy and painful end of a marriage. This topic center provide a comprehensive overview of the emotional and legal divorce and separation process. More...|
|Domestic Violence and Rape. Domestic violence is a variety of abuse that occurs within the home, between family members or couples. More...|
|Eating Disorders. This topic center provides a comprehensive overview of the eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia & binge eating): their causes, potential treatments, and strategies for prevention. More...|
|Elder Care. One of the biggest decisions a family may have to make is to determine how to provide care for elderly parents/relatives when those elders are no longer able to live independently. More...|
|Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally.
|Family & Relationship Issues. Family and personal relationships and friendships can be very difficult to handle. We've gathered resources to help you learn about and better manage relationship problems you may be experiencing. More...|
|Grief & Bereavement Issues. Grief is the painful process through which people adapt to loss. Learn about stages of the grieving and working through process, how to help yourself and others through grief, and about pathological grief (when grief won't end). More...|
|Health Insurance. Given the changes brought by managed care, it is important for healthcare patients to become advocates for their own best treatment. More...|
|Health Policy & Advocacy. Whatever your situation, you should know that you have rights, power, and worth that no one can interfere with if you effectively speak for yourself.
|Health Sciences. You will find practical scientific resources and introductions to fields of science of relevance to mental and medical health (e.g., Neuroscience). More...|
|Healthcare. It is important to know as much about how the healthcare system works as possible if one is to get the best possible care for one's self. More...|
|Homosexuality & Bisexuality. The terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) describe distinct groups within gay culture. More...|
|Impulse Control Disorders. These are a loosely grouped set of conditions that all feature behavior that is acted out in an uncontrolled/impulsive manner that often has self-destructive consequences. More...|
|Intellectual Disabilities. The terms "intellectual disability" and "intellectual developmental disorder," (formerly mental retardation) are two diagnostic labels with nearly identical meanings; i.e., they each describe a set of difficulties associated with limited mental abilities such as reasoning, planning, abstract thinking, judgment, academic learning (the ability to learn in school via traditional teaching methods), and experiential learning (the ability to learn by trial and error, or by observation). More...|
|Internet Addiction and Media Issues. As the web has become a part of mainstream life, some professionals have noted that some people using the web do so in a compulsive and out-of-control manner. This center also provides guidance on safe and appropriate use of media resources by children. More...|
|Learning Disorders. This center describes learning disorders that can occur in children and adults. More...|
|Legal Issues. More...|
|Life Issues. Life issues are common problems, issues and/or crises that happen to normal people living normal lives. Examples include managing one's relationships so that they are healthy and functional, surviving disabilities, coping with grief, loss and self-esteem issues. More...|
|Medical Disorders. In this family of topic centers, you will find information concerning common medical disorders. More...|
|Medications. The term 'medication' refers to a drug or other chemical compound that is administered into the body and which effects the body in a beneficial way More...|
|Memory Problems. There are things you can do to improve your memory. Through practice of mental and other activities, a variety of efforts can be made to lessen memory problems.
|Men's Health. The Task Force has made the following recommendations, based on scientific evidence, about which screening tests men should have. More...|
|Mental Disorders. In this family of topic centers, you will find information concerning various mental disorders. More...|
|Mental Health Professions. Mental Health treatment in the 21st century generally involves a coordination amongst several healthcare professionals drawn from different disciplines. More...|
|Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders. Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders are a group of similar psychiatric disorders. These disorders are characterized by repetitive thoughts, distressing emotions, and compulsive behaviors. The specific types of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors vary according to each disorder. More...|
|Oppositional Defiant Disorder. ODD is a developmental disorder diagnosed in children who display extreme disobedient behavior. More...|
|Pain Management. Pain is a complex perception that differs enormously among individual patients, even those who appear to have identical injuries or illnesses. More...|
|Parenting. It's normal for new parents and caregivers to feel a mixture of excitement, joy, and love along with some anxiety, fear, and a little trepidation. More...|
|Personality Disorders. This topic center provides a comprehensive overview of the personality disorders, which are pervasive and chronic psychological and relational problems associated with rigid, inflexible interpersonal behavior and social coping deficits. More...|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders Trauma contains the following diagnoses: Reactive Attachment Disorder, Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adjustment Disorders, and Unclassified and Unspecified Trauma Disorders. More...|
|Psychological Testing. Psychological Assessment is a sub-field of Clinical Psychology specializing in the measurement of human abilities, traits and characteristics. More...|
|Psychotherapy. An overview of psychotherapy (talk therapy for mental health), describing modern empirically validated therapies, and the historical therapy schools (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and family systems). More...|
|Schizophrenia. A comprehensive overview of the nature and treatment of Schizophrenia, a brain disease associated with psychosis (hallucinations and delusions), and disorganized behavior. More...|
|Self Esteem. Low self-esteem keeps you from enjoying life, doing the things you want to do, and working toward personal goals.
|Sexual Disorders. This Sexual Disorders topic center contains information about paraphillias (more commonly known as sexual perversions or deviancies). More...|
|Sexuality & Sexual Problems. Few aspects of intimate relationships are as important as sexuality. More...|
|Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The term "Sexually Transmitted Diseases" refers to a group of illnesses that can be transmitted from one person to another through the sharing of body fluids, including ejaculate, vaginal fluids, blood, and other fluids. More...|
|Sleep Disorders. Troubled sleep may be a sign of emotional or physical disorders and something you should talk about with a doctor or sleep specialist.
|Smoking. An overview of smoking cessation (ways to quit smoking), considered from a behavioral medicine point of view. We describe arguments for quitting, and survey various methods and treatments which can help people quit. More...|
|Speech Problems. Speech and language disorders refer to problems in communication and related areas such as oral motor function. More...|
|Stress Reduction and Management. A comprehensive overview of how to reduce stress. We cover the nature of stress, and the many different methods people can use to reduce and manage their stress. More...|
|Suicide. A comprehensive overview of Suicide, addressing the nature of suicide, what to do if you are suicidal, and how to help friends or family members who are suicidal. More...|
|Terrorism & War. Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion or ransom. More...|
|Tourettes and other Tic Disorders. Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. More...|
|Treatments & Interventions. Treatment stratagies may be sorted into two gross categories: physical interventions and mental interventions.
|Weight Loss. A comprehensive overview of the weight loss process, considered from a behavioral health and motivational point of view, and describing the various methods people find most useful for successfully and permanently losing weight. More...|
|Wellness and Personal Development. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention, stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness.
|Women's Health. A comprehensive overview of the medical illnesses and issues women are most likely to be affected by, including cancer, infertility, reproductive and urogenital health, menopause, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease. More...|