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pharmacogenetic testing

Medications for the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse have been historically prescribed through a trial-and-error process. Many of the drugs prescribed for mental health conditions can take long periods to begin working or have varied response rates, have adverse side effects (e.g., weight gain, suicidal thoughts, headaches) and sometimes do not work at […]


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pediatric mental health disorder
01-15-16 Category: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

A shocking half of American children are diagnosed with a mental disorder before the age of 18 and just over 20 percent have a serious, debilitating mental illness, according to the National Institutes of Health’s summary of the “National Comorbidity Study” published in 2010. Those findings certainly sound like there are an awful lot of […]


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stigma of mental illness
01-15-16 Category: Mental Health, Mental Illness

The stigma associated with mental illness has existed as long as the disorders themselves, and although efforts are being made to educate people and reduce the stigma, it sadly persists. A lack of education and the perpetuation of various myths have caused people to treat mental illness differently from other types of health problems. Uneducated […]


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addiction services
01-14-16 Category: Addiction Treatment

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that nearly 14 percent of Medicaid recipients have a substance abuse disorder. The Affordable Health Care Act for the most part gave low-income populations access to affordable health care across the country. Nearly 20 million Americans struggle with substance abuse and 42.5 million adults live with […]


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Prescriptions Can Be Strongly Addictive
01-13-16 Category: Addiction Treatment

When people hear the word “drugs,” chances are they think of street drugs. Marijuana’s a drug, heroin purchased on a shady corner is a drug, cocaine, MDMA and LSD are all drugs. Prescription drugs purchased from a drug store are different – they’re medicine. Wrong. Prescription drugs like painkillers and sedatives help many people; indeed, […]


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10-ways-surgery-affect-mental-health
01-12-16 Category: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Surgery of any kind is stressful, especially when it is medically necessary, major or unanticipated. Physical factors like life-threatening illness, pain and possible disfigurement make it even worse. Mental factors surrounding the whole process can challenge or exhaust individual and family coping mechanisms. The following are 10 ways surgery can affect mental health with a […]


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5-steps-addiction-recovery
01-11-16 Category: Recovery

Addicts who achieve sobriety must “practice” their drug-free lifestyle to maintain their recovery. Preserving their sobriety will require them to avoid environmental triggers, recognize their psychosocial and emotional triggers, and develop healthy behaviors. For a sustained recovery, it is important to keep the following five factors in mind. 1.The difference between getting sober and living […]


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5-resolutions-stay-sober-coming-year
01-08-16 Category: Drug Rehab, Recovery

It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s time for resolutions. Countless individuals are purchasing new gym memberships, cleaning out their apartments and otherwise vowing to kick bad habits to the curb. For people who are in recovery for substance addiction, the idea of starting a whole new year can feel daunting. Here […]


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outbreak-hiv-infections-rural-american-communities
01-06-16 Category: Physical Health

While sticking a needle in an arm seems drastic, some individuals with drug addictions crave the quicker and more powerful drug high caused by injection. This method of drug abuse has a wide range of associated dangers, including elevated risk of overdose and track marks, but perhaps the most infamous consequence is the risk of […]


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new-year-new-you
01-04-16 Category: Mental Health, Treatment

  Think for a bit: how do you know if you need treatment? Okay, if you’re using illicit drugs like heroin or meth, the answer is pretty clear: yes, you need – or are going to need very soon – professional help. For other substances, the moment of clarity can be a little harder to […]

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