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Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Latest News, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Mismatched Drinking May Lead to Divorce

Mismatched Drinking May Lead to Divorce

  Marriage brings to mind wedding bells, newlywed bliss, and stress down the road. We know that financial problems, arguments over familial ideals, and coming from different places in life can lead to tension, and further down the road, divorce. However, it has recently been found that different drinking habits in a couple can be one of the reasons for divorce – especially in the case of a woman drinking substantially more than a man, rather … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Life, Love and Relationships, Substance Abuse

Is it Bipolar Hypersexuality or Sex Addiction?

Is it Bipolar Hypersexuality or Sex Addiction?

  It is often difficult to tell the difference from someone who is a sex addict with bipolar disorder, or if hypersexuality is just a result of bipolar mania.  It is important to researchers to discover how the two are related in order to come up with better treatment options. What is Bipolar Hypersexuality? According to WebMD, hypersexuality is an increased need, even pressure, for sexual gratification and is often a symptom of mania.  It may also include … Read entire article »

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The Powerful Connection Between Loneliness and The Immune System

  Loneliness is something that many people struggle with in their lives, making it hard to live a happy and fulfilling existence.  Recent studies done by researchers from Ohio State University have found that loneliness is associated with abnormal immune responses in the body which can eventually lead to unwanted health effects. They found that people who were more lonely showed signs of elevated dormant herpes virus reactivation and produced more inflammation-related proteins in response to acute stress than people who felt more socially connected.  Persistent inflammation is connected to a number of serious health conditions, including, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. “It is clear from previous research that poor-quality relationships are linked to a number of health problems, including premature mortality and all sorts of other very … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Research

A High Number of Facebook Friends Can Lead to Pressure

A High Number of Facebook Friends Can Lead to Pressure

  Most of us believe that having more friends on Facebook increases our popularity and our self esteem, but apparently the opposite is true.  British researchers at the University of Edinburgh Business School have recently found from studies that people who have more than just a few groups of friends on the social network site are more prone than others to suffer from hurt feelings and low self esteem. After surveying a little more than 300 current Facebook … Read entire article »

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Stress Can Be a Poopy Proposition

  The effect of stress on the human body has long been known by medical and mental health professionals to be significant, and very real. Stomach problems are often connected to high levels of stress, anxiety, and/or depression, which may be associated with psychiatric illness.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), in particular, commonly presents itself shortly before or at the same time as an individual is diagnosed with a mood or anxiety disorder.  Over fifty percent of individuals with IBS have some form of psychopathology.  As with many other gastrointestinal disorders, individuals with IBS tend to have better results in their medical treatment if their psychiatric disorders’ symptoms are reduced (Levenson, 2007). Based upon my observations in sober livings and treatment centers, I can easily support the assertion that stomach problems and emotional distress/psychiatric disorders … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mental Illness

Children Born to Stressed Mothers More Likely to Be Bullied, Study Finds

  Stress has long been known to have numerous negative effects on those experiencing it, including increased risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, insomnia, and erectile dysfunction.   Recent research has found another reason to keep stress on a short leash, especially for women. A long-term study was conducted on more than 14,000 expectant and postnatal mothers between 1991 and 1992, tracking the health and development of the mothers and their offspring.  Levels of maternal anxiety, depression, and family adversity—including financial difficulties, maternal mental health problems, and substance abuse—were measured and evaluated by the researchers and parenting, temperament, and partner conflict were assessed. The results indicate that a mother’s stress level impacts the emotional development of prenatal and newborn babies and greatly increases the likelihood her child will be susceptible to bullying once … Read entire article »

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The Psyche of Reiki

The Psyche of Reiki

  Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a form of spiritual healing using what is known as “universal life energy,” channeled from the practitioner to the patient, to bring harmony to the recipient’s mind, body, and spirit.  Its origins can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Tibet, and the practice was rediscovered and revived in the 19th century by a Tendai Buddhist priest, Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926).  Hawayo Takata, an American of Japanese descent, introduced Reiki … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery, Spirituality

Type A Personalities: Stress & Strokes

  Type A individuals are regularly associated with hyperactive personalities and a pension for inducing stress into their lives.  Many of these people meet the definition of stress in psychiatry and psychology as having “the abnormal mental and emotional states in response to a physical or physiologic stressor.” (Today) In a recent study conducted at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, researchers found that people with Type A personalities who live with chronic stress are more likely to suffer strokes.  Published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, researchers analyzed and assessed the most common causes of stress that can lead to a proclivity for the possibility of a potential stroke. Researchers classified certain characteristics of stress that proved to be precursors to the possibility of an individual suffering a stroke.  For Type A … Read entire article »

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Stress & City Living

  When living in a city environment, certain stressors are much more prevalent that can lead to the early development of mental illness in youths.  Urban environments have an obvious disadvantage to the more serene, tranquil environments found in rural areas.  In the city, noise, pollution, commotion, and the daily grind of densely populated limited space can cause certain aggravators less present in rural settings.  Though this seems common sense to most people; a new study attempts to draw linkage between brain activity in individuals from both environments to assess the possible onset of mental health illnesses. Time Healthland reports in a new study that individuals that grow up in a city are two to three times more likely to develop early signs of schizophrenia.  Compounding this fact, the study also found that … Read entire article »

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