Are All Drugs Created Equal? Brand-Name vs. Generic Medications

Are low-priced generic medications as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts? The answer depends upon whom you ask, comparative studies, biases, and personal experience. 

The Essential Dad

I recently caught an episode of TV's old "Leave it to Beaver" show, and I found myself intrigued by the way the family patriarch was portrayed. Ward Cleaver came across as the quintessential father, integrally involved with the lives of his boys. But real life often tells a different story. When it comes to involvement with their children, far too many men devalue the importance of their own roles.

Psychotropic Medication Use During Pregnancy

We'll take a look at the very latest in psychotropic medication used during pregnancy.

The Alternative Remedy Frenzy

Of the literally hundreds of herbals, supplements, vitamins and nutrients that are touted as being effective, four of them have emerged with various levels of documented efficacy in the treatment of mental health disorders.

Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: Pharmacological vs. Behavioral Treatment

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental, emotional and behavioral problems to occur during childhood and adolescence. About 13 out of every 100 children and adolescents age 9 to 17 experience some kind of anxiety disorder, according to the U.S. 

Medicating Children with Bipolar Disorder

What should come first - safety or effectiveness? Challenges, controversies and risks abound.

Pristiq: New Antidepressant or Merely a Patent Extender?

The newest entry in the antidepressant market is Pristiq. But the bottom line is: When it comes to antidepressants, there’s nothing new under the sun. Buyer beware.

Is Your Teen or Child Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Unscrupulous businesses on the Web have created a pharmaceutical playground for children and teens - while raising serious issues for parents and teachers.

Getting Enough ZZZZZZZ's During Tough Times

When it comes to sleep medications, what works? And what is safe?

10 Tips for Communicating More Effectively with Physicians -- and Others -- for Your Mental Health

One of the most prevalent communications gaps is between doctors and patients. Many people develop "white-coat brain lock" when it comes to asking questions. Others feel inferior and are intimidated by what they believe to be the doctor's superior expertise.