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Mental Illness Plays Major Role in Connecticut School Shooting

Mental Illness Plays Major Role in Connecticut School Shooting

  It is widely agreed upon that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past December was one of the most horrific events in recent years.  However, the motive of Adam Lanza is something that still baffles us all.  It is difficult to fathom who could commit such an act and why they would do so.  Although most would already assume that Lanza was obviously mentally unstable, new evidence has been revealed that gives us … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Mental Illness

The Neuroscience of Love: Why it is so Addictive and Obsessive

The Neuroscience of Love: Why it is so Addictive and Obsessive

Love is one of the greatest emotions one can experience; however, it is arguably the most vulnerable of emotions.  Current awareness of neuroscience explains the love phenomenon in the brain.  Before we break down what is going on in the brain, we need not let science take away the magic of being in love. Love is Addictive Thinking about one’s beloved—especially in new relationships—triggers activity in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain, which releases a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Featured, Love and Relationships, Research

Circling the Drain, Keeping my Head Above

  When I think of songs that remind me of my life as an active addict, Katy Perry is not usually the first artist that pops into my mind. However, her song Circle the Drain is the first song that comes into my mind when I think of how I made others feel, and why I never want to go back to where I was. It paints an accurate picture of how we as addicts and alcoholics break hearts, cause damage, and leave wreckage as we self-destruct. Broken promises, wasted potential, becoming the exact people we once despised, looking desperately to be saved, and ultimately hurting ourselves and others. This song, and the circumstances surrounding it, reminds me of the friends I’ve lost and how much worse things can get, if … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Get Smart About Smart Phones: Put Them Down – Media Multi-Tasking Causes Depression, Anxiety?

Get Smart About Smart Phones: Put Them Down – Media Multi-Tasking Causes Depression, Anxiety?

  Today’s everyday life looks a little something like this: Check Facebook. Check Twitter. Check the news, your e-mail, your phone, whatever other accounts you have…okay, you’re all busy, I get it. But the extra 5 or 10 minutes it would take to slow down may be worth improving your mental health and sanity. A new study has found a strong link between media multi-tasking—using more than one electronic device at once—and depression, as well as social … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News, Mental Illness, Research

H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired)

H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired)

  H.A.L.T. is an acronym for four things:  Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. I was first introduced to this term at rehab in Arizona for my alcoholism. Although HALTS was used to explain my potential triggers to drink, I have also found it useful in my daily life and routine while in sobriety. When I recognize these feelings or impulses in my body, I try to take a short pause, break, or “halt” for an instant. In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Genetics and Addictions: What Predisposition Really Says About Becoming an Addict

  Addiction is a touchy topic, especially when it comes to the relationship of genetics causing a dependence of any sort. Recent studies have proved that while genetics can play a large role in predisposition, they cannot prove that someone will or will not become an addict, as addiction is a complex disease related to the interaction of both genetics and environmental factors.  After all, someone can be the only addict in their family, or they can be the only non-addict. No matter what role genetics play in a person’s likelihood of addiction, the focus should be on progress in terms of both the science of genetics and the treatment and prevention of addiction based on this available information. While genetics are not 100% responsible for a person’s descent into addiction, they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Substance Abuse

Amanda Seyfried Depends on “Liquid Courage” Normal? or a Sign of Alcoholism?

  Actress Amanda Seyfried, who has starred in many hit films—including Mean Girls, Mamma Mia!, and the new stage musical-turned-movie, Les Miserables—is just like everyone else.  She deals with the same sort of problems that lots of “ordinary” people struggle with.  While speaking with David Letterman in an interview on The Late Show, she revealed that she battles a dreadful case of stage fright and takes somewhat of a “liquid courage” approach to dealing with it. A couple glasses of the hard stuff are needed for her to relax and loosen up before chatting it up with the talk show greats such as Letterman or Leno.  She expressed to Letterman that she never does a show “after noon without some sort of liquid courage.”  At one point she confessed, “I’m pretty drunk,” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News, Mental Illness

Tricyclic Antidepressants

  Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are a class of antidepressant used to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia, among other conditions and disorders.  Though still widely used to treat some conditions, they have fallen out of favor in recent years, largely replaced by newer antidepressants that cause fewer and less severe side effects.  Nonetheless, TCAs can be very effective in treating depression and anxiety when other options have failed. Dr. Annette Ogbru, a medical author for the WebMD network, lists the following TCAs as having been approved for use in the United States: amitriptyline (Elavil) amoxapine (Amoxapine) clomipramine (Anafranil) desipramine (Norpramin) doxepin (Sinequan) imipramine (Tofranil) nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl) protriptyline (Vivactil) trimipramine (Surmontil)   Among the many conditions TCAs have been used to treat, as listed by the website Drugs.com, are the following: ADHD Anxiety Bulimia Burning Mouth Syndrome Chronic Myofascial Pain Chronic Itchiness Coughing Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Depression Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Dysautonomia Dysthymia Fibromyalgia Hyperhidrosis Insomnia Interstitial Cystitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Migraine … Read entire article »

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Experimental Drug Mimics Effects of Lithium in Bipolar Patients

  British researchers have developed a new drug to be used to treat bipolar disorder that appears to have most of the same properties as lithium without the side effects that often come with that drug. The drug, called ebselen, could be “repurposed,” meaning it might be used to treat conditions other those it was originally intended for.  Ebselen has long been used to treat ischemic stroke, and may be effective in treating tuberculosis and ulcers as well. According to Grant Churchill of the department of pharmacology at Britain’s Oxford University, “Ebselen is an experimental drug that has been tested in people for other conditions, and does not have problematic side effects like lithium does.” He went on to say that he and his team gave mice used in the experiment small doses of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Research

Fat and Sugar Addiction Similar to Drug Addiction

  Binging on unlimited quantities of food that are high in fat and sugar for only six weeks then returning to a more balanced diet is enough to cause anxiety, intense cravings, and other withdrawal-like symptoms in mice. There have been numerous studies in the past decade on the addictive nature of junk foods.  A new study conducted by Stephanie Fulton, a neuroscientist at the University of Montreal, adds to this research on sugar and fat addictions. Some of the first studies on food addiction suggested simply that, when sugar is taken away from rodents, the rodents go through withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and tremors.  Additional studies found that those symptoms accompany changes in dopamine and opioid systems in the brain, two types of neurotransmitters that are involved in cravings and withdrawal.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Research

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