Computerized Self-Diagnosis and Diary Now Available

We now offer state-of-the-art, interactive psychiatric tools. You can use your computer to:
* make psychiatric diagnoses
* keep a private diary (to document, graph and statistically analyze your week-by-week progress)
* test your brain (memory, concentration, verbal fluency, orientation, and thinking speed or executive functioning)
* statistically test whether your current treatments have been successful.
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Major Depression and other Unipolar Depressions

Everyone has days where they feel blah, down, or sad. Typically, these feelings disappear after a day or two, particularly if circumstances change for the better. People experiencing the temporary “blues” don’t feel a sense of crushing hopelessness or helplessness, and are able, for the most part, to continue to engage in regular activities. Prolonged anhedonia (the inability to experience pleasure), hopelessness, and failure to experience an increase in mood in response positive events rarely accompany “normal” sadness. The same may be said for other, more intense sorts of symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and hallucinations (e.g., hearing voices). Instead, such symptoms suggest that serious varieties of depression may be present, including the subject of this document: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
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Depression, Anxiety and Pets

In the past there were a number of articles posted about the value of service dogs for those with a variety of disabilities including PTSD and Depression. However, this article will discuss the value of owning a pet, particularly a dog. This is based on the fact that not everyone is in need of a service dog. People can derive a lot of benefit from having a pet whether they suffer from depression and anxiety or they just wish to own a pet.
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How to choose a psychologist

At some time in our lives, each of us may feel overwhelmed and may need help dealing with our problems. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 30 million Americans need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control — problems with a marriage or relationship, a family situation, or dealing with losing a job, the death of a loved one, depression, stress, burnout, or substance abuse. Those losses and stresses of daily living can at times be significantly debilitating. Sometimes we need outside help from a trained, licensed professional in order to work through these problems. Through therapy, psychologists help millions of Americans of all ages live healthier, more productive lives.
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Stolen from a thread by James:
http://algy.com/anxiety/ib/index.php?/topic/51050-how-to-choose-a-psychologist/

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a unique form of psychodynamic treatment that facilitates the rapid resolution of a broad spectrum of emotional disorders. It is an evidence-based psychotherapy that is strongly supported by current clinical research studies. ISTDP interventions are specifically designed to resolve anxiety, depression, somatization and personality disorders, as well as alleviate a variety of self-defeating behaviors, many of which derive from unstable or troubled early life attachments.
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Seasonal Anxiety Disorder

Seasonal anxiety disorder is a common name for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs around the same time period each year. Symptoms usually begin in the fall and continue until spring.
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Anxiety Attacks and Disorders, Guide to the Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

We all know what anxiety feels like. Our heart pounds before a big presentation or a tough exam. We get butterflies in our stomach during a blind date. We worry and fret over family problems or feel jittery at the prospect of asking the boss for a raise. However, if worries and fears are preventing you from living your life the way you’d like to, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. The good news is, there are many …
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Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms

If you have depression or anxiety, you might find your doctor or mental health provider prescribing a regular dose of exercise in addition to medication or psychotherapy. Exercise isn’t a cure for depression or anxiety. But its psychological and physical benefits can improve your symptoms.
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SIX WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR FEARS AND ANXIETIES

Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a hard time in managing it. Here are six ways to help manage those fears.
When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.
Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.

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10 ways to beat the blues?

Charities are calling for a nationwide campaign to help promote mental health after a survey suggested more people are growing anxious. But what sort of advice might be offered?
Blame a long winter, blame media fixations with bad news, blame the credit crunch and the thought of looming global depression – Britons are more fearful than they were 10 years ago, the Mental Health Foundation says. And more people are suffering from anxiety, which can lead to depression.
The foundation wants a “mental health promotion campaign that shows individuals how to look after their own mental health”.
But what might that involve? We asked mental health professionals for some simple suggestions.
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