November 2014 - Sovereign Health Group

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11-26-14 Category: Addiction Treatment

Known as K2 or spice, synthetic marijuana is a growing epidemic, due much in part to its murky legality and widespread availability at gas stations and convenience stores. Although technically banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2012, manufacturers of the designer drug alter the chemical makeup slightly, allowing them to eschew the currently […]

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11-19-14 Category: Mental Health

During an annual physical examination with a family practitioner, the medical staff takes blood pressure and pulse readings, notes medications taken, measures height and weight and notes the reason for the visit. Rarely do family physicians ask questions about patient mental health. Since a mental health disorder does not necessarily reveal physical ailments like one […]

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11-19-14 Category: Behavioral Health

The idea of the personality disorder can be traced back to the turn of the 19th century, where German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin created a list of seven forms of antisocial behavior as part of a condition he referred to as psychopathic personality. This idea was expanded upon by his younger colleague, Kurt Schneider, who published […]

abraham lincoln
11-14-14 Category: Mental Health

Studies have shown that there is a higher incidence of mental health disorders in political leaders and creative geniuses. Although nobody can be certain about the diagnosis of a deceased historical figure, it hasn’t stopped researchers from making educated guesses. Aristotle noted, “Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry and the arts have […]

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11-14-14 Category: Mental Health

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of National Survivors of Suicide Day, when friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. The day always falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which this year is […]

brain connections
11-10-14 Category: Mental Health

Although it has been known that antidepressants lead to changes in neural structures in the brain, a recent study has shown them to be much more potent in this regard. A new study on escitalopram, (also known as Lexapro), a commonly prescribed serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), found major changes in the brain in just three […]

suicidal woman
11-06-14 Category: Mental Health

We all experience emotional highs and lows throughout the day, but for some of us, things can fall out of balance for various reasons. In many cases, the causes for depression actually stem from an over-abundance of positive emotions. When we experience positive emotions, our brains release serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and other endorphins that we […]

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