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Binge Eating Disorder Common Among Bipolar Patients

Binge Eating Disorder Common Among Bipolar Patients

  A few years ago, a study established a link between bipolar disorder and eating disorders – including anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder (Jones). Recently, another study was performed that showed a high rate of people suffering from bipolar disorder also display symptoms of binge-eating disorder. Their study also shows that this subgroup seems to be more severely mentally ill, and that they are more likely to develop or show signs of other psychiatric and health … Read entire article »

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Judge Orders Probe Into California Prisons’ Mental Health Facilities

Judge Orders Probe Into California Prisons’ Mental Health Facilities

  California’s prison systems have been plagued by substandard care for mentally ill inmates for years. Since 2006, the prison systems have been under federal oversight due to the inordinately large number of inmate deaths resulting from medical malpractice or neglect (CaliforniaHealthline). On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered an in-depth investigation into the conditions at prison-based facilities for the mentally ill run by the California Department of State Hospitals. 18 years ago, treatment for mentally … Read entire article »

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Gang Members Have High Rates of Mental Illness

Gang Members Have High Rates of Mental Illness

  Gang life is characterized by violence, substance abuse, and a general disregard for others and for following the law.  In the first study of its kind, researchers from Queen Mary, University of London found that gang members have extremely high levels of mental illness, including antisocial personality disorder and anxiety (Krans). This new research is important because it gives insights into how to improve prevention for at-risk youth, as well as an alternative to substance … Read entire article »

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Methadone Maintenance in Mothers: Better Than Using Illegal Drugs

Methadone Maintenance in Mothers: Better Than Using Illegal Drugs

  For drug-addicted pregnant women, it can be hard to take the right course of action for themselves and their unborn child. Methadone maintenance is an option, yet many people see this as a dangerous and irresponsible step for pregnant women to take. However, well-managed methadone maintenance itself isn’t detrimental to childhood development. Rather, what negatively affects the child’s development is the in utero exposure to other addictive drugs; such as marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, and opiates. Data … Read entire article »

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Overcoming Substitute Addictions such as Food Addiction

Overcoming Substitute Addictions such as Food Addiction

  My name is David and I am an addict. For years I was addicted to marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs, and now I am clean. I was addicted to cigarettes, and now I don’t smoke anymore. I am also a food addict and a diabetic. However, even though I don’t crave “substances” on a daily basis and believe I have put that chapter behind me, certain foods are still difficult for me to consume in … Read entire article »

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Brain Scans May Help Identify Who Would Benefit From Psychotherapy, Antidepressants

Brain Scans May Help Identify Who Would Benefit From Psychotherapy, Antidepressants

  In terms of treating depression, there has been a longstanding debate amongst professionals over whether medication or talk therapy is the better treatment for this painful mental condition. Until now, there hasn’t been much evidence in hard science to determine which could work better for someone who’s diagnosed with depression. For the first time, a study from Emory University suggests that brain imaging could be used to determine who would benefit the most from what … Read entire article »

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Chew Your Way Back to Cheerful

Chew Your Way Back to Cheerful

  Scientists have long suspected that chewing gum can effectively reduce stress, relieve tension and lower depression. However, a scientific study has not been done in this area—until recently! In the last several years, a handful of studies have concluded that chewing gum is beneficial for a bevy of reasons. One of the studies looked at 30 patients suffering from mild to moderate depression. They were administered either medication along with chewing gum or medication alone. After … Read entire article »

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What’s the Difference Between Sex Addiction and Love Addiction?

What’s the Difference Between Sex Addiction and Love Addiction?

  When it comes to sex and love addiction, it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other. While sex addiction and love addiction are types of intimacy disorders, they manifest themselves differently. The ‘acting out’ behaviors that characterize these addictions are dissimilar, sexual addiction involves the obsession and compulsion with sexual acts, whereas love addiction is classified by a pattern of unhealthy and fantasy-based relationships. Regardless of which category someone falls in, treatment and … Read entire article »

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World Health Organization Reports That A Third of Women Worldwide Experience Domestic Violence

World Health Organization Reports That A Third of Women Worldwide Experience Domestic Violence

  In the first large-scale global review of violence against women, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that about 35 percent of women have been victims of physical or sexual abuse by an intimate partner (Singh). This frequency of domestic violence is astonishing, and is responsible for a myriad of physical injuries and illnesses, as well as contributes to severe psychological issues. In addition to the effect on the person who is being abused, this trend … Read entire article »

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Sibling Bullying as Detrimental to Mental Health as Peer Bullying

Sibling Bullying as Detrimental to Mental Health as Peer Bullying

  Fights between siblings are often regarded as a normal process for children growing up in the same home together, without any long term detriments. However, a new study from the University of New Hampshire suggests that sibling violence can cause just as much damage to mental health as peer bullying. Parents and doctors need to become more aware of the implications of this culturally acceptable sibling ritual, and intervene in order to help the children … Read entire article »

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