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potential treatment target for schizophrenia
03-17-16 Category: Mental Health, Treatment

Imagine being diagnosed with a severe mental illness — one that causes you to hear voices that aren’t really there or to see things that no one else can see — and then being told that there are no medications, interventions or treatments that are going to cure you. This is a reality for some […]

closer look at formication
03-16-16 Category: Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Formication is much less fun than it sounds. It’s the sensation that insects are crawling over and under the skin. Methamphetamine users are prone to this sensation, which explains why they pick at their skin. But formication – or delusional infestation (DI) ­– affects a lot more people than just meth users. Ekbom Syndrome (ES) […]

people with depressed mood
03-15-16 Category: Mental Health

Individuals who struggle with depression often report difficulties with memory. They may lose track of deadlines at work or misremember conversations. They may enter a room and forget why they came there in the first place. According to a study recently published this January in the Journal of Affective Disorders, people with a depressed mood […]

03-14-16 Category: Mental Health

Police shot dead 462 people in the first six months of 2015; of these, 124 were mentally ill. Some of these shootings, no doubt, were suicide by cop, but the majority involved a distraught individual, most likely off medication, brandishing a weapon or acting in a threatening manner. This article will explore alternative methods for […]

Having an eating disorder during National Nutrition Month
03-11-16 Category: Recovery

This March is National Nutrition Month, an educational campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The goal of the campaign is to teach people how to develop and maintain healthy eating habits such as how to consume the proper amounts of vitamins and avoid overeating. Unfortunately, eating disorders take healthy eating habits (don’t […]

treatment for heroin addiction
03-10-16 Category: Substance Abuse, Treatment

Heroin belongs to the opioid family which is derived from the opium poppy. Heroin is an illegal substance, extremely addictive and is considered a Schedule I drug according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. This intravenous drug has been increasing among users, leading to more deaths secondary to overdoses. Heroin use in the United States […]

chronic sleeplessness and substance abuse
03-09-16 Category: Stress, Substance Abuse

It’s a clawing desperation, lying sleepless in one’s bed. Punching pillows, crying dry tears, tossing and turning, knowing that with morning comes work meetings and school exams; being alert is as much of a necessity as putting pants on before leaving the house. More than 6 million Americans are affected by insomnia caused by drugs, […]

03-08-16 Category: Mental Health, Trauma

Americans have been particularly sensitive to the threat of terrorism since the attacks on September 11, 2001. Recent shootings like the one in San Bernardino, California, have raised fears about domestic and homegrown terrorism amid struggles to make sense of how such things can happen. From a behavioral sciences perspective, terrorism is a “complex interplay […]

High-fat diet may lead to anxiety, depression
03-07-16 Category: Anxiety, Depression, Recovery

Anxiety and depression can lead to obesity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, which can worsen mental health symptoms. Many commonly prescribed psychiatric medications used to treat anxiety and depression cause weight gain, making matters worse. A new study A recent French study explored the relationship between metabolism and emotionality in mice. A group of mice […]

treating eating disorders
03-04-16 Category: Trauma, Treatment

A high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma exists among patients with eating disorders, according to Timothy D. Brewerton, M.D., with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Researchers have hypothesized that eating disorder behaviors develop as a way for these individuals to avoid certain traumatic memories, numb symptoms of hyperarousal and […]

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