Relaxation Technique

Relaxation Technique to reduce anxiety Most people experience tension; knowing how to relieve that tension can help prevent or reduce anxiety, headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and a number of other stress related symptoms. Listed below are some simple techniques for reducing anxiety that gets in the way of your happiness. Position: Find a comfortable chair, preferably a reclliner …

Q & A – Mood & Relationship Disorders?

Mood, Depression and Relationship DisordersQuestions and AnswersThe following is a list of commonly asked questions and answers. I believe this will give the reader an overview of mood disorders and common marital and premarital issues associated with mood disorders. Please review them carefully; I also recommend that these questions be reviewed periodically. 1. What is a mood disorder?A Mood disorder …

Mood disorders and alcohol use

Why are mood disorders and alcoholism often found in the same individual? The answers here are not completely understood. Some doctors have told me that the sites in the brain that are affected by mood disorders are the same sites affected by addiction. Regardless of the chemistry, research has shown that just casual use of alcohol by a person with …

The Family Institute at Northwestern University

The Family Institute at Northwestern University TFI is a unique not-for-profit organization that is leading the way in all facets to strengthen and heal families from all walks of life through clinical service, education and research. No other institution brings together such a concentration of knowledge, expertise and academic credentials to help improve the lives of people in the Chicago …

Manage your Mood

Mood disorders represent people experiencing mild to severe depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, panic, anxiety disorders, phobias, personality disorders and other disorders including alcohol or drug dependence. Major research over the years has not completely explained one singular definitive cause of mood disorders. Generally, most consider a combination of bio-psycho-social factors including: family genetics, personality traits and stressful life events such …

Depression and high expressed emotion

Depression and high expressed emotion. High Expressed Emotion (High EE) or lack of civility and respect are known to have a detrimental effect on marital and family relationships. The expression of negative emotions toward or even in the presence of a person with a mood disorder is a major contributor of relapse to active symptoms. Negative expressed emotion also includes: …

Psychiatric Treatment – Help the Doctor Help You

Psychiatric Treatment – Help the Doctor help you Help the doctor help you to avoid relapse to active symptoms of depression, anxiety or panic. ┬áThe Psychiatrist is an integral part of the treatment team. S/he needs your honest input to best help you. If any of the following are problematic, report them to the doctor. Write things down so you …

Symptoms of severe mental illness

Symptoms of severe mental illness 1. Positive Symptoms: (characterized by their presence) a. Impaired contact with reality. b. Hallucinations, delusions (often paranoid). c. Thought disorders. d. Thoughts of suicide, homicide 2. Negative Symptoms: (characterized by their absence) a. Lack of pleasure, loss of interest and energy b. Lack of goal-directed behavior. c. Blunted affect. d. Lack of insight. e. Poverty …