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Answered questions from the past 2 years:
How common is depression in adolescents? What is the impact on young people?
Is hypnotherapy effective for generalized anxiety and panic disorders?
My mother has advanced lung cancer and is receiving chemo. I live with her and am also her caregiver. My emotions are all over the place. I feel anxiety, sadness, anger, and guilt. Can you suggest anything to help me cope?
Has any link been found between epilepsy and depression? If so, which is likely to cause which?
I have read that a positive outlook on life is good for your heart and your overall health. But how can you help yourself be more positive?
Does anxiety increase the risk of heart disease?
Can pain be caused by depression and anxiety?
Can bipolar disorder cause emotional confusion or numbness?
My brother is a veteran who saw friends die in action. He refuses to go for psychotherapy. Should I insist that he go?
My doctor tells me my stomach pain is the result of stress. What can I do to get relief?
I consider myself a healthy 42-year-old man. But recently I have become anxious and I can't figure out why. What do you suggest?
How is a person with attention deficit disorder (ADD) diagnosed?
How long should a person taking antidepressants for depression stay on the medicine?
I’m pretty stressed. Any helpful tips?
My wife is emotionally unstable. I (and many others) believe she could have bipolar disorder. She’s defensive, and hard to confront. It’s starting to affect my health. Any advice to help us?
Are sleep problems a significant cause of mental disorders?
Can you become addicted to chocolate?
I know that eating disorders are common among young women, but my 50-year-old friend has recently become bulimic. How common are eating disorders in older women?
I am 57 years old. My maternal grandmother and mother both had Alzheimer’s disease. There have been some times when I feel like I’m waking up from a fog or mental sleep.
What is repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)? Should I consider it to treat my depression?
The movie, The King’s Speech, dramatized stuttering. Was the portrayal accurate and is treatment available?
Does smoking increase the risk of dementia?
I’ve recently started dating a man who is afraid of dogs. The problem is: I love my 10-year-old Golden Retriever. Are there any treatments for dog phobia?
I have a friend who was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder. What is this disorder and what causes it?
My elderly uncle can’t seem to recover from the loss of his dog. Is it normal to grieve for months when a pet dies? When is it time to encourage him to seek mental health help?
My doctor has recommended an antidepressant, but there are so many. Is there any way to know which to try first?
Is it true that the so called Mediterranean diet can make my brain healthier?
What is Munchhausen’s Syndrome by Proxy?
How well does the drug varenicline work for people who want to stop smoking?
Is Internet addiction a mental disorder?
Does sleep enhance learning and memory? Is there a price to pay for cutting down on the hours you sleep?
My elderly friend has a serious clutter problem. Her apartment is so stuffed that it is hard to get around. No treatment has helped her. Could you explain this problem and is there any help for her?
I’ve heard about drug education programs for kids. But what are “harm reduction” programs? And what impact do they have on adolescent alcohol and drug use?
I’m overweight and have a problem with binge eating, although I never purge. I see a nutritionist and started an exercise program, but is there any medicine that can help?
I’ve been reading mixed reports about testosterone for depression. Is it a good treatment for depressed men?
My daughter has been recovering from a manic episode in the hospital. I’m relieved that she is responding to her medicines because her doctors said she might have needed ECT.
In the past year, I have been under a lot of stress, and I have been breaking out in hives and skin rashes. Is there a link between stress and hives?
I have been suffering from a skin rash for about 10 years. A large patch of my skin constantly itches, and the skin is thick and feels like leather. I have gone through almost every ointment on the market, and none works.
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