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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

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 »

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OCD Behaviors Agitated By Dreams

  A new research study shows that intense dreams influence waking anxiety in people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).  Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief.  Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. Research on OCD suggests that stress and anxiety drive most of the compulsions involved with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Anger, shame, and magical thinking (thinking that one has super powers or can control other people or things) can also trigger stressful emotions that drive compulsive behaviors. Calvin Kai-Ching Yu of the Department of Counseling and Psychology at Hong Kong Shue … Read entire article »

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The Continuing Saga of the Houston Rockets’ Royce White

  Royce White, the promising rookie forward for the NBA’s Houston Rockets, has jeopardized his future with the team and the league by refusing to suit up, get out on the court, and play for the organization that took a chance on him by drafting him in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft.  Some think it is the player’s huge ego that is at work, but in reality the NBA player suffers from untreated general anxiety disorder. The basketball player, plagued by panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), has been habitually absent from team practices and games, and has thus far refused to meet with one of the doctors assigned by the Rockets organization to treat him.  Despite the fact Rockets management has gone out of its … 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 »

Filed under: Mental Illness, Research, Treatment

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 »

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Spending Time with People Who Only Want to Talk About Addiction and Rehab

Spending Time with People Who Only Want to Talk About Addiction and Rehab

  We all have them: those friends from a treatment or rehabilitation center who want to talk about addiction….ALL OF THE TIME.  I am currently struggling with this problem of how to maintain healthy relationships with friends from treatment without getting caught up in defining the friendship on the basis of our common ground of addiction and mental illness. There are times that I really need to share whats going on with me with other recovery people … Read entire article »

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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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