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Emotional health info on mental health issues, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol, substance abuse, therapy, sleep treatments and prevention.

Hair Pulling - Is It Taken Too Lightly

Hair Pulling – Is It Taken Too Lightly?

Hair pulling carries a tongue-twisting name: trichotillomania. The disorder is not widely recognized by the public or by mental health professionals. People with trichotillomania suffer in silence. They tend to avoid getting help because they feel ashamed. Many have had the problem since childhood or adolescence. What is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania is considered an impulse control …

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The Truth About Altruism

The Truth About Altruism

Eleanor Roosevelt is supposed to have asked, “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” Mrs. Roosevelt was reflecting on the long history of humans reacting to suffering and misery with acts of revenge. If a tender conscience depends on the evolution of human …

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Brand Name vs. Generic Antidepressants

Brand Name vs. Generic Antidepressants: What’s the Difference?

People who are asked to switch from a brand name drug to a generic often wonder if the change will cause them any problems. A number of years ago, a patient of mine received a generic pill instead of the brand name antidepressant from the pharmacist. Over the next month or two, he felt slightly …

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women's sexual problems

Diagnosing women’s sexual problems

Introduction Currently, the diagnosis of female sexual dysfunction is based purely on history. Because female sexual dysfunction has always been considered a psychiatric disorder, there are no real diagnostic frameworks available except in the psychiatric literature. The best listing of female sexual dysfunction disorders is found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders …

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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Why do women get postpartum depression? Having a baby can be one of the biggest and happiest events in a woman’s life. While life with a new baby can be thrilling and rewarding, it can also be hard and stressful at times. Many physical and emotional changes can happen to a woman when she is …

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