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Mental Health

A comprehensive overview of addiction, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia, including symptoms and diagnosis, finding the right care, and inspiring testimonials from patient experts living with the conditions.

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Relationships

What Do You Do If a Loved One Is Depressed?

What do you say? What don’t you say? Reaching out to a loved one with depression takes thought and deliberation. Here is a helpful guide.

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Let's Talk About the Causes of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar is concerning, not just for the ways it can affect your personality, but also because the "why me?" isn't completely clear. Still, research shows a number of factors that may lead to the mental health condition—and understanding them can help you better deal with a bipolar diagnosis.

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Let's Talk About Bipolar Disorder Medication

Learning that you have bipolar might feel frightening, but a diagnosis means you can now find some relief for your symptoms. The fact you're on this page means you're on your way to living better.

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Symptoms

Heart Attack vs. Panic Attack: Do You Know the Difference?

Symptoms of a panic attack are often quite similar to those of a heart attack. Find out how to tell them apart and when you should call 911.

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Living With

15 Health-boosting Tips for Women with RA

From the key screenings and questions to ask your doctor to the most impactful health habits, learn how to stay on top of your RA and live your healthiest life.

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Accepting My Anxiety, Breath by Breath

It sounds so simple, but truly coming to terms with your condition is anything but. Eddie McNamara shares the methods that have helped him most.

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Managing Flares

More Than Just an Itch: How Skin Conditions Impact Your Mental Health

Chronic itch is more than skin deep, research says it can set your mental health back, too (not cool!). Here are some techniques to calm your skin and your mind.

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Caregiving

The Surprising Reason to Marry an Optimist

Aside from the obvious (who doesn’t want to do life with a mostly positive person?), a happy partner may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Medication

Let's Talk About Depression Medication

Antidepressants and other depression-fighting meds are thought to help restore the balance of chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain. Understanding your options and figuring out which drugs work best for you can be a game-changer for easing depression.

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Chronic Life

Let's Talk About Chronic Depression

Learning what makes this type of long-term depression unique can help alleviate self-blame—no, you’re not just “negative”—and help you stay focused till you find the best treatment.

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Symptoms

Let's Talk About Major Depressive Disorder

MDD is a sneaky sonofabitch. Depression likes to stealthily creep into your mind, gradually tanking your mood and harming your quality of life. Recognizing the warning signs—which can vary depending on your age—is the first step in getting the right support.

Meet the Experts

Therese Borchard
Health Writer & Patient Advocate

Therese Borchard is Contributing Editor at Health Central, where she covers Mental Health & Wellness among other topics. She has written for a variety of websites, is the author of several books, and is a passionate mental health advocate.

Mike Veny
Patient Advocate

Mike Veny is one of world’s leading mental health speakers and a high-energy corporate drumming event facilitator.

Eileen Bailey
Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.