Patrice Burgess MD

Bipolar Disorder: Manic Episodes

Some mood disorders are characterized by manic episodes, periods of abnormally high energy. Behavior may be diagnosed as a manic episode if: An abnormal and continuously elevated (happy or energetic) mood or an irritable mood occurs and lasts at least 5 days. During this elevated or irritable mood, at least three of the…

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Should I Take Medicine for OCD?

Guides through decision to take medicine to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Explains symptoms of OCD. Describes most common types of medicines used and other treatments. Covers benefits and risks. Includes an interactive tool to help you decide.

Ways To Reduce Stress

In addition to meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and breathing exercises, you might try these other ways to relieve stress. Ways to relax your mind Mindfulness-based stress reduction can calm your mind and body to help you cope with illness, pain, and stress. Music therapy can relax your body, improve your…

Healing Through Humor

Laugh your way to better health You’re lying in bed with some kind of health problem, taking medicine and maybe getting some kind of treatment or therapy—and feeling pretty down. Or maybe you’re taking care of someone who’s ill, and it’s wearing you out. Sometimes life can feel pretty overwhelming. This might seem like…

Stress Relief and Relaxation

Guides you through ways to relieve stress. Covers tips to relax your muscle groups such as hands, arms, head, neck, and upper and lower body. Looks at roll breathing to relieve stress. Includes slideshow of roll breathing.