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Learn about mental and behavioral health problems

Many people are affected by mental health problems such as depression or panic disorders. These problems can make it harder to think clearly, manage how you feel, and work with other people. Sometimes you may feel helpless and hopeless. But you're not alone. Talking with others who suffer from these problems may help. And treatment can help you get back in control. Or maybe you're worried about someone else and want to help. Our information can answer your questions.

Get the information you need in topics such as:

  • Depression.
  • Bipolar Disorder.
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder.
  • Schizophrenia.
  • Panic Disorder: Should I Take Medicine?
Health Topics
  • Abuse in Vulnerable Adults
  • Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)
  • ADHD and Hyperactivity
  • ADHD in Adults: Behavioral Strategies
  • ADHD Myths and Facts
  • ADHD: Impulsivity and Inattention
  • ADHD: Social Skills Training
  • ADHD: Symptoms in Adults
  • ADHD: Tests for Other Disorders
  • Aggression in Youth
  • Agitation and Dementia
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Alcohol and Drugs: When to Get Help for an Intoxicated Person
  • Alcohol and Substance Use in PTSD
  • Alcohol Effects on a Fetus
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Coping With Sundowning
  • Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Maintaining Good Nutrition
  • Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Making the Most of Remaining Abilities
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anorexia: Learning New Eating Behaviors
  • Anorexia: Learning to Trust Others
  • Antidepressant Withdrawal
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotic Medicines
  • Anxiety
  • Assessing PTSD
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism and Vaccines
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Autism: Behavioral Training and Management
  • Autism: Support and Training for the Family
  • Avoiding Emotional Eating: Making a Plan
  • Barriers to Psychological Care
  • Behavior Rating Scales for ADHD
  • Behavior Therapy for ADHD
  • Being Abused: What Puts You at Risk?
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children: Other Health Problems That May Occur
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children: School Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder: Helping Someone During a Manic Episode
  • Bipolar Disorder: Hypomanic Episodes
  • Bipolar Disorder: Manic Episodes
  • Blackouts Caused by Alcohol or Drugs
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating
  • Building Resilience
  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Bullying
  • Bullying: Building a Child's Self-Esteem
  • Bullying: How to Help Your Child Who Bullies
  • Bullying: Signs a Child Is Bullied
  • CAGE Questionnaire for Alcohol Problems
  • Calming Your Mind With Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Cancer Support: Dealing With Emotions and Fears
  • Cancer Support: Managing Stress
  • Cancer Support: When Your Cancer Comes Back or Gets Worse
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation: Emotional Health Benefits
  • Caregiving: Making a Home Safe
  • Caring for Adults With Autism
  • Cathy's Story: Dealing With Stress
  • Change a Habit by Setting Goals
  • Change Your Outlook to Lower Your Stress
  • Cheryl's Story: Dealing With Depression
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Childhood Fears and Exposure to Violence
  • Choosing a Counselor or Therapist for Your Child
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pain Management
  • Common Coping Responses for Stress
  • Comparing Symptoms of Normal Moodiness With Depression in Children
  • Complications of Grief
  • Conditions Related to Dyslexia
  • Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Depression in Children and Teens
  • Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness
  • Coping After a Traumatic Event
  • Coping With Osteoarthritis
  • Coping With Stress
  • Counseling for PTSD
  • Counseling for Your Teen
  • COVID-19: Pushing Back Against Stigma
  • Creating a Healthy Schedule When Working From Home
  • Dealing With Anxiety After a Loss
  • Dealing With Guilt After a Loss
  • Dealing With Negative Thoughts
  • Debbie's Story: People Can and Do Recover
  • Deciding to Get Treatment for PTSD
  • Dementia
  • Dementia: Assessing Pain
  • Dementia: Bladder and Bowel Problems
  • Dementia: Helping a Person Avoid Confusion
  • Dementia: Legal Issues
  • Dementia: Medicines to Treat Behavior Changes
  • Dementia: Support for Caregivers
  • Dementia: Testing How Well a Person Functions
  • Dementia: Tips for Communicating
  • Dementia: Understanding Behavior Changes
  • Dental Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Depression and Anxiety When You Have Coronary Artery Disease
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Depression and the Holidays
  • Depression During Pregnancy
  • Depression in Children and Teens
  • Depression in Older Adults
  • Depression Screening
  • Depression Screening in Children and Teens
  • Depression, Anxiety, and Physical Health Problems
  • Diabetes: Tracking My Feelings
  • Differences Between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder in Children
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
  • Do I Have Depression?
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence: Checklist of Things to Take When You Leave
  • Domestic Violence: Getting a Protective Order
  • Drinking More Than You Want To?
  • Drug Withdrawal in Newborns (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)
  • Dyslexia
  • Eating Disorders: Cultural and Social Factors
  • Eating Disorders: Feeling Better About Yourself
  • Eating Disorders: Malnutrition Tests
  • Eating Disorders: Stopping Negative Thoughts
  • Eating Disorders: Things That Put a Person at Risk
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Effective Parenting: Discipline
  • Elder Abuse
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Emotional Eating
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Emotions and Menopause
  • Erection Problems: Relationships and Life Events Matter
  • Examining Your Beliefs to Manage Stress
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Family Therapy for Depression in Children
  • FDA Advisories for Antidepressants
  • Fear and Anger in PTSD
  • Feeling Depressed
  • Fibromyalgia: Managing Fibro Fog
  • Finding Purpose
  • Finding Reliable Mental Health Resources Online
  • Finding Strength to Keep Going: Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts
  • Form for Establishing a Routine
  • Form for Identifying Reasons to Cut Down On or Stop Alcohol Use
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Get Regular Exercise for Mental Health
  • Getting Help During a Mental Health Crisis
  • Give Yourself a Break: Practicing Self-Compassion
  • Grief and Grieving
  • Grief Counseling
  • Grief: Dealing With Feelings of Insecurity
  • Grief: Helping Children Understand
  • Grief: Helping Teens With Grief
  • Grief: Losing a Loved One
  • Grief: When Major Loss Challenges Your Beliefs
  • Guided Imagery
  • Handling Sadness and Yearning After a Major Loss
  • Healthy Eating to Decrease Stress
  • Help for Anger Problems
  • Helping a Family Member Who Has PTSD
  • Helping Kids Handle Peer Pressure
  • Helping Someone During a Panic Attack
  • Helping Your Child Build a Healthy Body Image
  • Helping Your Child Manage Their Emotional Reactions
  • Helping Your Child Recover After a Traumatic Event
  • Helping Your Teen Recover After a Traumatic Event
  • Hoarding Disorder
  • How ADHD Affects Your Child
  • How to Build Well-Being
  • How to Track Your Stress
  • Hyperventilation
  • Importance of Personal Relationships for Lowering Stress
  • Independent Living for People With Disabilities
  • Infertility: Emotional and Social Support
  • Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?
  • Interactive Tool: Do You Have a Drinking Problem?
  • Interactive Tool: How Well Do You Bounce Back?
  • Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level?
  • Interactive Tools
  • Keeping Change Going—Your New Normal
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Learning to Say No
  • Letting It Go: Getting Past Negative Emotions
  • Light Therapy
  • Living With More Than One Health Problem
  • Loneliness and Your Health
  • Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotic Medicines
  • Maintaining a Healthy Relationship With a Loved One Who Has a Mental Health Condition
  • Making a Change That Matters
  • Making a Suicide Safety Plan
  • Making Your Change Happen
  • Managing Relationship Stress for Couples
  • Managing Relationship Stress for Families
  • Managing Your Emotional Reactions
  • Martha's Story: A Voice for Recovery
  • Marvin's Story: Coping After the Hurricane
  • Medical History and Physical Exam for Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease
  • Medicines and Other Substances That Can Cause Symptoms of Depression
  • Medicines for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Memory Problems: Issues With Driving
  • Memory Problems: Tips for Helping the Person With Daily Tasks
  • Memory Problems: Wandering
  • Mental Health Problems and Stigma
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • Mind-Body Wellness
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Mood Disorders in Children
  • Mood-Stabilizing Medicines
  • Multiple Sclerosis: Mental and Emotional Problems
  • Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Getting Support
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Managing Your Energy
  • Myths About Tourette's Disorder
  • Myths and Facts About Depression
  • Nail-Biting
  • Natural and Logical Consequences for Behavior
  • Nervous System Problems
  • Night Eating Syndrome
  • Nonepileptic Seizures (NES)
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Children
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder
  • Not Ready for Change?
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Bipolar Disorder
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Other Types of Counseling for PTSD
  • Overcoming Frustration and Anger
  • Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Physical and Emotional Changes as Death Approaches
  • Plan to Stop Using Alcohol
  • Planning a Secure Financial Future
  • Planning for a Change That Matters
  • Positive Thinking Daily Journal
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Practicing Gratitude
  • Problem-Solving to Manage Stress
  • Prolonged Grief
  • Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)
  • Psychotherapy for Erection Problems
  • PTSD and Panic Attacks
  • PTSD and Suicide Thoughts
  • PTSD and Your Family
  • PTSD Myths
  • Questions About Substance Use Treatment Programs
  • Questions Your Doctor May Ask Before Prescribing Medicine for Depression in Children and Teens
  • Quick Tips: Reducing Holiday Stress
  • Quick Tips: Reducing the Stress of Caregiving
  • Ravi's Story: Coping With Back Pain and Depression
  • Reducing Financial Stress With Better Money Management
  • Relapse of Schizophrenia
  • Residential Treatment for Substance Use
  • Rethink How You Respond to Stress
  • Ron's Story: Therapy Helps
  • Safety Plan: Preparing to Leave a Violent Relationship
  • Saying No to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophrenia and Pregnancy
  • Schizophrenia and the Caregiver
  • Schizophrenia: Encouraging Social Skills
  • Schizophrenia: Encouraging Someone to Take the Medicines
  • Schizophrenia: Helping Someone Who Is Hallucinating
  • Schizophrenia: Helping Someone Who Is Paranoid
  • Schizophrenia: Related Disorders
  • Schizophrenia: Social Skills Training
  • Schizophrenia: Warning Signs of Violence
  • Schizophrenia: When Hospital Care is Needed
  • Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Care for AIDS Caregivers
  • Self-Test for Anxiety
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety: Helping Your Child
  • Setting Goals
  • Sexual Abuse or Assault (Rape)
  • Sexual Abuse: Signs and Symptoms
  • Sharing Memories With Older Adults
  • Sherri's Story: Medicines Do Work
  • Signs of Drug Use
  • Signs of Stress
  • Signs of Substance Use
  • Simple Ways to Connect With Others and Reduce Loneliness
  • Smoking to Relieve Tension or Improve Mood
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Connections
  • Spirituality and Your Health
  • St. John's Wort
  • Stan's Story: Getting There Hasn't Been Easy
  • Starting Antidepressants: How to Care for Your Child
  • Starting Medicines for ADHD: How to Care for Your Child
  • Staying Safe: After You Leave a Violent Relationship
  • Staying Safe: If You Are in a Violent Relationship
  • Stop Negative Thoughts: Choosing a Healthier Way of Thinking
  • Stress and Back Pain
  • Stress in Children and Teens
  • Stress Management
  • Stress Management: Breathing Exercises
  • Stress Management: Imagery Exercises
  • Stress Relief and Relaxation
  • Stroke: Behavior Changes
  • Stroke: Changes in Emotions
  • Stroke: Dealing With Depression
  • Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults
  • Substance Use: Helping Someone Get Treatment
  • Substance Use: Staying Alcohol- or Drug-Free After Treatment
  • Suicidal Thoughts or Threats
  • Suicide Threats: What to Do
  • Support Groups and Social Support
  • Supporting a Child Who Has a Mental Health Condition
  • Supporting Someone After Inpatient Mental Health Treatment
  • Supporting Someone During Inpatient Mental Health Treatment
  • Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder
  • Susan's Story: A Friend Really Helps
  • Swallowed Air
  • Symptoms of Depression
  • Symptoms of Depression in Children
  • Symptoms of Severe Anxiety and Panic
  • Symptoms of Stress and Sleep Problems
  • Taking Care of Yourself When You Have a Child With Physical, Emotional, or Behavioral Problems
  • Taking Care of Yourself When Your Baby Is Fussy
  • Taking Medicine to Support Your Mental Health
  • Taking Steps Toward a Less Stressed Life
  • Talk to Others About Depression
  • Talking About Suicide to Someone You're Worried About
  • Tapping the Power of Optimism
  • Teaching Older Children and Teens About Consent
  • Teaching Your Young Child About Consent
  • Teen Behavior: What's Typical and What Are Signs of a Problem?
  • Teen Relationship Abuse
  • Teens: Being There for a Friend Who Self-Injures
  • Teens: Getting Out of an Unhealthy Friendship
  • Teens: Helping a Friend Who's Talking About Suicide
  • Teens: Supporting a Friend Who Is Struggling Emotionally
  • Teens: Talking About a Difficult Topic With Your Parent or Guardian
  • Teens: Things That Get in the Way of Mental Health Care
  • Teens: Tips for Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • Teens: Tips for Using News and Social Media in a Healthy Way
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Temper Tantrums: Keeping a Record
  • Temporary Confusion or Decreased Alertness
  • The 10 Principles of Recovery
  • Thinking About a Change?
  • Time-Out
  • Tim's Story: Dealing With Trauma And Grief
  • Tips for Coping During a Divorce
  • Tips for Finding a Counselor or Therapist
  • Tips for Using News and Social Media in a Healthy Way
  • Tips to Help You Cope When Things Feel Out of Control
  • Tourette Syndrome (TS)
  • Tourette's Disorder: Tic Triggers
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  • Treatment Plan Record for a Child With ADHD
  • Types of Domestic Abuse
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Understanding How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Can Affect Children
  • Unproven Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Violent Behavior
  • Violent Behavior in Children and Teens
  • Virtual Reality Therapy
  • Warning Signs of Suicide
  • Warning Signs of Suicide in Adults
  • Warning Signs of Suicide in Children and Teens
  • Warning Signs of Suicide in Older Adults
  • Ways To Reduce Stress
  • Weakness and Fatigue
  • What Increases Your Risk of Becoming a Victim of Domestic Abuse or Violence?
  • What Is Well-Being?
  • Why Work Breaks Help You Be Productive
  • Yoga
Medical Tests
  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Tests
Make a Wise Decision
  • ADHD: Should My Child Take Medicine for ADHD?
  • Alzheimer's Disease: Should I Take Medicines?
  • Depression: Should I Stop Taking My Antidepressant?
  • Depression: Should I Take an Antidepressant?
  • Depression: Should I Take Antidepressants While I'm Pregnant?
  • Depression: Should My Child Take Medicine to Treat Depression?
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Should I Take Medicine for OCD?
  • Panic Disorder: Should I Take Medicine?
Take Action
  • ADHD: Helping Your Child Get the Most From School
  • ADHD: Helping Your Child Get Things Done
  • Alcohol Problems: How to Stop Drinking
  • Anxiety: Stop Negative Thoughts
  • Bipolar Disorder: Preventing Manic Episodes
  • Chronic Pain: Using Healthy Thinking
  • Depression: Dealing With Medicine Side Effects
  • Depression: Helping Someone Get Treatment
  • Depression: Managing Postpartum Depression
  • Depression: Stop Negative Thoughts
  • Depression: Supporting Someone Who Is Depressed
  • Depression: Taking Antidepressants Safely
  • Diabetes: Coping With Your Feelings About Your Diet
  • Grief: Coping With Grief
  • Grief: Helping Children With Grief
  • Grief: Helping Older Adults With Grief
  • Managing Job Stress
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: Using Light Therapy
  • Stop Negative Thoughts: Getting Started
  • Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
  • Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax
  • Stress Management: Doing Meditation
  • Stress Management: Doing Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress
  • Stress Management: Managing Your Time
  • Stress Management: Practicing Yoga to Relax
  • Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and Body
  • Thumb-Sucking: Helping Your Child Stop
  • Using Telehealth Counseling
  • Weight Management: Stop Negative Thoughts

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