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  • 7 signs of depression in men

    Posted on: 08-11-2016 Category: Depression rehab, Emotional awareness, Mental Health
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    Men don’t ask for help. Men go it alone! Men rely on their wits, skills and internal strength to make it through life, and any man who dares ask for help just isn’t a man. Right? Wrong. Self-reliance is one thing, but for the most part, constantly going it alone is a mistake. Every man,…

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  • Mindfulness meditation eases anxiety in men with prostate cancer

    Posted on: 08-10-2016 Category: Mindfulness, Treatment
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    Prostate cancer, while deadly, often grows very slowly. Some individuals who develop prostate cancer will never even experience symptoms from it, while others will encounter symptoms that are more uncomfortable than dangerous. Researchers estimate that many men who are being aggressively treated for prostate cancer would instead benefit from active surveillance, a treatment regimen that…

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  • The effects of ‘magic mushrooms’

    Posted on: 08-02-2016 Category: Research, Substance Abuse
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      Psilocybin, the mind-affecting ingredient of magic mushrooms, produces significant effects on the brain and body. Carlos Castaneda and other early imbibers claim the drug’s ethereal euphoria ferried them to hitherto undiscovered realms of the subconscious. While it has no officially recognized medical application as a Schedule I drug, many modern users mostly claim that…

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  • Breathalyzers: There’s an app for that

    Posted on: 07-15-2016 Category: Relationships, Self Help, Substance Abuse
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    In his 25 years of practice, clinical psychologist Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D., says – hands-down – one of the most hot-bed, but least-discussed causes of relationship conflict is drinking. For loved ones and friends sick of slipping into those dramatic “diagnostic standoffs” as Nowinski puts it, there’s now a mobile app to confirm who’s really drunk. The…

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  • Fatal overdoses in Orange County reach 10-year high

    Posted on: 07-14-2016 Category: Substance Abuse
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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes drug poisoning statistics annually for states and counties. In 2002, Orange County, California, averaged six drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 inhabitants; in 2014, the number doubled. Orange County’s fatal overdose rate pales in comparison to Kern, Mariposa, Tuolumne, Stanislaus and a smattering of Northern California counties…

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  • The importance of friendships: ‘I get by with a little help with my friends’

    Posted on: 07-13-2016 Category: Mental Health, Recovery, Relationships
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    Having meaningful, positive friendships throughout life is a vital aspect of overall health and well-being. Researchers have not only found support for greater happiness and life satisfaction among people who have close relationships, but people who have friends are more likely to live longer and be more resilient to stress. Friendships have multiple benefits on…

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  • Late-life depression is a risk factor for dementia

    Posted on: 07-12-2016 Category: Cognition, Depression rehab, Mental Health
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    Like any chronic disease, depression doesn’t discriminate. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), it affects nearly 15 million adults in the United States every year. Although the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median age of depression’s onset is 32, the disease can strike at any time. Unlike most chronic diseases, depression…

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  • Editing human genes could help combat disease

    Posted on: 07-11-2016 Category: Advocacy, Medicine, Research
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    Gene variations, or slight differences in a person’s genetic makeup, are responsible for all traits and characteristics that make individuals unique (e.g., hair or eye color, height, etc.). At the same time, some variations in genes increase a person’s vulnerability for developing certain types of mental illnesses, including depressive disorders, attention problems and schizophrenia. In…

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  • Meow Meow – The new designer drug is more dangerous than it sounds

    Posted on: 07-08-2016 Category: Substance Abuse
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    Last August, an Australian man went on a drug-induced crime spree. He swerved his bike in front of a motorist, causing her car to crash. He pulled the driver from her car and sped off in it, sideswiping multiple vehicles until he crashed into a utility pole, knocking out power to over 600 homes. For…

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  • Addiction and accountability: Why it’s vital to take responsibility

    Posted on: 07-07-2016 Category: Addiction, Recovery
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    “It’s not my fault — it’s a disease.” “My family has a history of addiction, so it makes sense that I’m an addict, too.” “My parents drove me to drink.” “My significant other drove me to drink.” “My mental health drove me to drink.” “If things at work weren’t so stressful, I wouldn’t need to…

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