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Vivitrol
06-24-16 Category: Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

There isn’t much in the way of good news regarding opioids these days. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) notes since 2001, heroin overdose deaths have increased 600 percent. Vivitrol appears to be a bright spot on the horizon. According to one study, this once-a-month injection cuts the risk of relapse in […]

positive environment plays in depression

Scientists have long used laboratory rats and mice as models for studying human disorders and disease, evaluating the safety and efficacy of new medications and dietary supplements, and testing the effects of carcinogens (i.e., cancer-causing agents). In the 1960s, studies of rodents placed in an operant conditioning chamber (i.e., Skinner box) were popularly used to […]

medication and therapy schizophrenia
06-02-16 Category: Mental Health, Research, Treatment

A study published this April has found that a new, holistic treatment method may benefit individuals living with schizophrenia more than medication alone. The results of this study were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Why does schizophrenia need new treatment methods? Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that can result in symptoms including […]

potent combination against depression
05-25-16 Category: Depression rehab, Research, Treatment

Mental and physical (MAP) training is a clinical intervention that combines aerobic exercise and meditation training to improve cognition. Stressful life events can cause toxic effects on the mind and body but MAP training has shown to improve mental and physical outcomes in these stressful situations. A study published in Translational Psychiatry investigated the benefits […]

Potential cocaine treatments
05-19-16 Category: Research, Substance Abuse, Treatment

The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention report cocaine-related deaths spiked 12 percent at last count. Currently there are no Federal Drug Administration approved medications for cocaine dependency, but there are a number of clinical trials testing potential medications that may soon help stem the tide of cocaine addiction and overdose. Potential cocaine treatments 1. […]

fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
05-18-16 Category: Cognition, Research, Treatment

Researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) found that slow-wave sleep — a deep period of sleep during which the brain consolidates each day’s memories — was disrupted in adult mice that had been exposed to high levels of alcohol during brain development. This study […]

Omega-3-and-mood-disorders
04-21-16 Category: Depression, Mental Health, Treatment

Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are typically found in plants (e.g., leafy vegetables, flaxseed, walnuts and other nuts), oils (e.g., vegetable oil and fish oil) and marine life (e.g., herring, salmon, halibut, sardines and mackerel). Taking fish oil supplements, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, has become an […]

mental health apps
04-20-16 Category: Advocacy, Mental Health, Treatment

We live in a tech-savvy world where our cell phones are becoming out third appendage and we are using technology to get through life instead of our street smarts. Most drivers in the United States rely on GPS navigation systems and, without these technological advances, we might not have a clue as to which freeway […]

schizophrenia and shortened brain folds
04-11-16 Category: Mental Health, Treatment

Schizophrenia is characterized by active psychosis and the hallmark sign is auditory hallucinations and delusions, which are false ideas or beliefs. There are many different underlying proposed mechanisms for schizophrenia, and the anatomical brain structure difference is one of them. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and other imaging studies have shown that individuals with schizophrenia […]

Alcohol Awareness Month
04-07-16 Category: Substance Abuse, Treatment

National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) takes place on the first Thursday in April. The first NASD took place in 1999. It is the brainchild of the National Institutes of Health. The first NASD attracted over 50,000 people at 1,500 screening locations across the country. According to Screening for Mental Health, one of the promoters, the […]

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