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How I Lost My Seroquel Weight

How I Lost My Seroquel Weight

  When I first arrived for drug rehab, my treatment team decided that I would benefit from a medication called Seroquel.  Although Seroquel is an anti-psychotic medication, it is also used to fight anxiety and cravings associated with drugs and alcohol. I wasn’t given much of a choice whether or not to take the medication, so I went along with it. I was given a very heavy dose and the results were pleasant. Seroquel got me through … Read entire article »

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Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Research indicates that 66 percent of people across the United States and Britain suffer from something called nomophobia, which is the fear of being separated from their mobile phones. As the information age develops and matures, unhealthy cell phone behavior continues to grow. Tens of millions of people are literally addicted to their cell phones, especially smartphones, and feel panicked, anxious and afraid when deprived of their devices. Some argue that cell phones, computers, and other high … Read entire article »

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The Mind of a Murderer: Mental Health, Addiction Correspond to Two Types of Killers

The Mind of a Murderer: Mental Health, Addiction Correspond to Two Types of Killers

  Murders are a point of interest in all aspects of society; they inspire television channels, books, and heated discussions. They also provide interesting insight for the scientific and psychological communities, as it has long been thought that killers differ mentally and emotionally from general society. A new study conducted by Dr. Robert Hanlon from Northwestern University examined the differences in mental illness, substance abuse, and cognitive impairments between impulsive and premeditated killers (Associated Press). In this … Read entire article »

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When Personal Crisis Strikes

When Personal Crisis Strikes

  Turning for help when a personal crisis hits is critical, as it can be the difference between life and death. There are nearly 30,000 suicides in the United States each year, and many of them could have been averted if the person contemplating suicide turned to get help. I am not saying that, before committing suicide, some of those people didn’t ask for help or cry out in their own way. Perhaps they did try to … Read entire article »

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Music Therapy Works Wonders for Alzheimer’s Patients

Music Therapy Works Wonders for Alzheimer’s Patients

Nurses and caregivers are becoming increasingly aware of the effectiveness of music therapy for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, even in its advanced stages. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America recommends that the appropriate use of music can have a variety of benefits for Alzheimer’s patients, as music has the ability to “shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.” We all love to listen … Read entire article »

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Can Kids Be Too Religious? Obsessive Behavior May Signify Mental Illness

  One of the roles of parents is to encourage healthy, positive activities in the lives of their children.  Many parents of religious children will encourage their children to partake in religious activity, whether as part of family tradition or because they believe that it brings comfort and improves the overall well-being of the child.  Unfortunately, not all religious activity is healthy, as hyper-religiosity may be a sign of a deeper mental illness issue.  “[Hyper-religiosity] looks positive but could be negative,” says Stephanie Mihalas, a UCLA professor and licensed clinical psychologist (Russo). According to Dr. Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation, practicing religion promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and even the community.  Religion can be a positive force in the lives of both children and adults, according to Dr. Bill Hathaway, … Read entire article »

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Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

  Women are more likely to develop mental health problems, according to a study by Professor Daniel Freeman of Oxford University. The findings of the study, which is based on data from other epidemiological studies from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, present significant ramifications for public health. According to Freeman’s study, women are almost 75% more likely than their male counterparts to report recent difficulties with depression and about 60% are more … Read entire article »

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Afghan War Veterans Sent Home with High Rates of Mental Disorders, including PTSD

Afghan War Veterans Sent Home with High Rates of Mental Disorders, including PTSD

  A recent review of medical records has revealed that a significant percentage of Canadian soldiers returning from the war in Afghanistan have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Significant numbers are also coming back with other mental disorders such as depression. During the past 12 years of war in Afghanistan, more than 40,000 members of the Canadian armed forces went to battle. In the aftermath, significant research has been done on mental health problems found … Read entire article »

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ADHD and Iron Deficiency in Children

ADHD and Iron Deficiency in Children

  There are over 6 million children (11% of the child population) in the United States that have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the numbers of diagnoses are continuing to rise.  While the causes of ADHD are not fully understood, it is believed that the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine may play a large role.  Both neurotransmitters contribute to maintaining alertness, increasing focus, and sustaining thought, effort, and motivation (Hunt).  The biosynthesis of norepinephrine requires dopamine, and … Read entire article »

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Binge Eating Linked to Suicide Attempts, Anxiety, and Depression

Binge Eating Linked to Suicide Attempts, Anxiety, and Depression

  Given the images that flood Western culture, it isn’t surprising that many young girls develop eating disorders. It also isn’t surprising that the presence of eating disorders is linked to a raised risk of suicide and other psychiatric problems. In a new study from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, researchers found that young women who have habits of binge-eating report more suicide attempts, as well as other psychiatric problems such as … Read entire article »

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