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Older Adults Report Better Mental Health During COVID

Age can offer perspective, wisdom and resilience during difficult times, experts say


Coping During the Pandemic

Test Your Mental Health a Year Into the Pandemic

Symptoms of anxiety and depression have risen since last March

COVID Survivors Face PTSD and Anxiety

After hospital ICU stays, older patients are prone to long-term problems

Understanding What Suicide Ideation Means

Know the warning signs and how to get help for yourself or a loved one

Having Trouble Finding a Therapist? You're Not Alone

Mental health professionals struggle to meet demand as needs spike during the pandemic

5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy During the Pandemic

How to reduce the toll staying at home can have on your memory and cognition

Family Caregiving

Assessing an Older Adult's Psychological Needs

Be alert to persistent irritability, low energy, sleeplessness and other signs of depression

Caregiving for Someone With Mental Illness

My father's suicide is teaching me how to be a mental health advocate

Adjusting to a New Normal After Trauma or Illness

How family members and other caregivers can cope with feelings of 'ambiguous loss'


Chronic Anxiety Is Troubling But Treatable

There's help when worry begins to interfere with your ability to perform everyday tasks

This Is What a Panic Attack Feels Like

6 people share their stories of their symptoms and how they've learned to cope

Many Adults Are Living With ADHD — Are You?

What to know about the often-misunderstood disorder

6 Things to Know About Bipolar Disorder

Millions of adults in the U.S. have this mental illness, but it's often misunderstood

12 Celebrities Who've Had Depression

Dolly Parton, Jim Carrey, Bruce Springsteen and more share their stories

What to Know if You're Ready to Give Meditation a Try

A beginner's guide to quieting the mind when anxiety takes hold

How to Find the Right Therapist For You

Whether your mental health needs feel pandemic-specific or not, help is available

7 Reasons You May Need Marriage Therapy

Couples therapists can help with relationship tune-ups and serious repairs

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