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Loneliness and Mental Illness

Loneliness and Mental Illness

Human beings are social creatures.  Our closest animal counterparts by behavior are apes and group predators like wolves, both heavily interdependent societal animals.  We grow up by learning from our parents and peers, form close-knit, more-or-less permanent family groups, and make deep, satisfying, long-lasting friendships. Addiction and other mental disorders disturb and endanger our relationships, leaving many with problems feeling completely alone.  Mental health problems are threatening not just to the sufferer but to friends and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Mental Illness

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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Arizona has Higher Rates of Teen Substance Abuse than National Average

Around the country, there are millions of teenagers who binge drink or abuse drugs. However, there are some states that seem to be more affected by this problem than others. Reports from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Arizona has a higher rate of teen substance abuse than national averages in almost every area surveyed (Padilla).  In order to combat this, some schools are now implementing support groups for teens who are struggling with substance abuse. When it comes to marijuana, inhalants, cocaine, and pain pills, the rates of teen substance abuse in Arizona are higher than national averages. The average for teenagers who have used marijuana is 40%, as compared to 43% in Arizona.  Additionally, of the Arizona students … 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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Research links Casual Sex in College to Psychological Distress

 College offers an opportunity to further academic studies, but it’s also an environment where students can grow and learn about themselves outside the classroom. It can be a time of personal growth yet also a source of distress for many students. These young adults are learning who they are – they’re finding their path in life, they may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol – perhaps binge drinking, or engaging in casual sex. It’s an exciting time, but also one of hidden dangers; students can develop a substance abuse problem or may struggle with a mental health disorder. Not to mention, college students may also be practicing promiscuous or unsafe sex.  Although this aspect of college life may seem normal to many young students, a new study suggests there is … Read entire article »

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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 »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Eating disorders, Mental Illness, Research

Amanda Bynes May Be Suffering from Schizophrenia; Parents File for Conservatorship

At this point, everyone has heard of Amanda Bynes and her disturbing antics – throwing glass pipes out of skyscrapers, posting bizarre social media messages, her involvement in a string of arrests…and most recently, the incident where she set herself on fire, resulting in a 5150 psychiatric hold at a Ventura County hospital. Since she was placed under this involuntary hold, her parents have filed for a conservatorship and medical staff there has noted that she is displaying signs of a severe mental illness – potentially schizophrenia. This past Monday, Amanda Bynes was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward in southern California after she lit her pants on fire while lighting a fire in a suburban driveway (Times Staff Writer). She was held under the California Welfare and Institutions code, known … Read entire article »

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