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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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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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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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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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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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Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

  An estimated 1 in 5 adults (Harmon) and a similar number of children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. That is a significant part of the population. Yet, even with this number, there is still significant stigma attached to mental illness. People are afraid to share their stories for fear of what other people may think of them and what may happen to them. However, if more people did, it would improve the quality of … Read entire article »

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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 »

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Guns, Mental Illness, and Newtown Revisited

Guns, Mental Illness, and Newtown Revisited

It has now been six months since the December 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that took 26 lives – in addition to the shooter, Adam Lanza, who committed suicide; and his mother, murdered by Lanza at their Newtown home just minutes before beginning his rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the wake of the shooting, much discussion has taken place regarding the roles gun access and mental illness played in Adam Lanza’s … Read entire article »

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