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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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

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 »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Life, Mental Illness, Recovery

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 »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Research

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 »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders

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 »

Filed under: Life, Love and Relationships, Mental Illness, Research

To Avoid, or Not to Avoid? Avoidance as an Emotional Coping Strategy

To Avoid, or Not to Avoid? Avoidance as an Emotional Coping Strategy

Do you ever avoid things that you don’t want to do? Do you feel that avoiding certain activities, events, or disputes is the best thing to do when your priorities conflict with each other? New research suggests avoidance might actually be  an effective coping strategy in specific situations. However, when dealing with intense thoughts, memories, or emotions, avoidance coping has many drawbacks, and can cause a host of other issues. It can also be vital … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery, Research

Gaining Independence in Recovery

Gaining Independence in Recovery

  This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 2013 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. It was my mom’s idea for the two of us to go. She doesn’t have a diagnosed mental disorder, but I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder five years ago, and my family recognized that I was having mental health issues ten years ago. My mom, along with my family, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Mental Illness, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

How Religion Can Negatively Affect the Mental Health of Gays and Lesbians

How Religion Can Negatively Affect the Mental Health of Gays and Lesbians

  Religion is prevalent almost everywhere. Although the number of atheists is on the rise, they are still very much in the minority. In the United States, the majority of people identify as Christian. Their views can range from very liberal, yet still believing in Christ and the Bible, to very extreme, where they take parts of the Bible literally and take on extreme right social views. A significant number of Christians believe homosexuality is a sin … Read entire article »

Filed under: Spirituality

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 »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Life, Mental Illness

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