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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 »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Research, Spirituality

A Diet Too Healthy For Your Own Good – Orthorexia

A Diet Too Healthy For Your Own Good – Orthorexia

  In a society that is obsessed with weight and the new health food craze, it’s a small wonder that so many people are eating much healthier. However, some people are plagued with an obsession to be the healthiest and the purest, and to let foods become their identity. They suffer from a condition called orthorexia nervosa, an eating condition where people become fixated on the obsession to eat healthily, to the point where it becomes … Read entire article »

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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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Parents’ Anxiety Can Trickle Down to Kids

  Anxiety disorders are incredibly debilitating and cause the afflicted great emotional suffering, fear, isolation, and an inability to cope with everyday life.  Social anxiety disorder is the most common type of anxiety and is the third most prevalent psychiatric disorder after depression and alcohol dependence.  Researchers at John Hopkins Children’s Center studied a number of parent-child pairs to ascertain whether people with certain anxiety disorder were more likely to engage in anxiety-provoking behaviors.  The study focused on identifying a subset of behaviors in parents with social anxiety disorder and, in doing so, clarified some of the confusion that has shrouded the trickle-down anxiety often found in parent-child pairs. The behaviors of social anxiety disorder analyzed by the researchers included a lack of or insufficient warmth and affection and high levels of … Read entire article »

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Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD

Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD

  Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent thoughts, impulses, or images that are unwanted, distasteful, inappropriate, intrusive and often personally repugnant. These obsessions are coupled with repetitive, ritualized behaviors called compulsions that are intended to prevent or correct some dreaded event associated with the obsessions. Typically, those with OCD recognize that the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational – but even so, they cannot be resisted, leading to further distress. People … Read entire article »

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Nail-Biting Now Considered a Form of OCD

  Biting your nails is one of the worst habits a person can have.  Not only is it very unattractive, it is also extremely painful when the nail is bitten too low, sometimes causing it to continuously bleed.  Being a chronic nail-biter since the day I grew teeth and was able to chomp away at them, I now look at my nails and think to myself, “Why can’t I stop?”  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM) is now classifying this habit as a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which may explain why I and many others cannot stop. Nail-biting was once classified as a “not otherwise classified” disorder; re-classifying it as a subset of OCD has put a whole new light on why people bite their nails uncontrollably. … Read entire article »

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Inspirational Songs of Recovery for Addiction

  Now, we all know there are no definitive “formal graduation” ceremonies held at rehab and treatment centers.  Sure, it would be great to be handed a diploma assuring oneself of perpetual sobriety and bliss but, alas, we all know this would be just too good to be true and lacks practical application. Yet, I was thinking to myself, if there was a somewhat similar ceremony to simply sit back and reflect upon one’s accomplishments and personal strides made in treatment, how about providing a soundtrack to such good news?  Cheap cookies and fruit punch are great but how about adding some tunes to the somewhat awkward gatherings of patients and their families held from time to time at treatment and recovery centers? It is bad enough to introduce your family to friends … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery

How Activities Help My Sobriety

How Activities Help My Sobriety

  As recovering addicts we often face challenging, imposing lives full of new responsibilities and a scary void of empty time to fill.  While in rehab and addiction treatment programs, my days were structured for me.  At times frustrating, this often all-encompassing mentality of having my time managed by others served me well.  I would not have done nearly half of the requirements or suggested practices learned in classes if I had it my way and … Read entire article »

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Scientists Uncover Clues as to Why Hoarders Aren’t Troubled by All of Their Stuff

Scientists Uncover Clues as to Why Hoarders Aren’t Troubled by All of Their Stuff

  Recently, scientists have discovered an intricate network in the brain that helps us make decisions on whether to keep something or throw it away.  This complex system appears to be malfunctioning in the case of someone who is a hoarder.  The definition of a hoarder is as follows: Pathological or compulsive hoarding is a specific type of behavior characterized by: acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little … Read entire article »

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