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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

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 »

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Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

  There are several conceptions regarding poverty, childhood, and parenting that have been regarded as true for many years. One is that children who grow up in poverty are more likely to deal with substance abuse, poverty and poor parental interactions. However, in a new study conducted by Duke University, researchers found that some of these ideas are actually misconceptions. They found that, while children who grew up in poverty are more likely to smoke cigarettes and … Read entire article »

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Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us

Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us

  As with anyone else, addiction affects celebrities differently. Some recover, others struggle to get it their whole lives. This disease kills indiscriminately; whether you are a glorified hip-hop star or a mother of four in the suburbs. Those who recover and give back to their communities – like Friends star Matthew Perry – are reaping the benefits of a life in sobriety. Others struggle through multiple treatment centers, multiple detoxes, and multiple relapses. Just ask Brooke … Read entire article »

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Johnny Depp Gives Up the Rum for Romance

  Not many people know that Johnny Depp got his start in 1984 with a horror film called A Nightmare on Elm Street. It wasn’t until three years later, with his starring role in the television series 21 Jump Street that the future Pirates of the Caribbean star emerged as a small screen idol and sex symbol. Depp´s career then grew to enormous heights in the 1990’s as he appeared in big screen hits like Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, and Donnie Brasco. During this time, the actor indulged himself in heavy drinking and drug use, resulting from the steady upward success and fame the actor was gaining. This alcoholism almost ended his Hollywood career. According to addictioninfo.org, who quote Contactmusic, Johnny says of this time: “It was … Read entire article »

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Addiction Defined as a Brain Disease Instead of a Substance-Use Disorder

Addiction Defined as a Brain Disease Instead of a Substance-Use Disorder

  In recent years, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has changed their definition of addiction to a brain disease rather than a misuse of substances in order to keep up with the latest neuroscience findings. Their new definition states, “Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc.; one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse.” Former ASAM President, Dr. Michael Miller, … Read entire article »

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Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

  In May, a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is scheduled to be released, and experts hope that it will recognize video game addiction. Hilarie Cash runs Seattle-based Restart, one of the few rehab centers that treat internet and video-game addiction in North America. According to Cash, “People’s lives completely fall apart, and there are people who die from it.” (CBC News, 2013) Though these extreme cases are a … Read entire article »

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Macklemore Talks to Rolling Stone about Recent Successes and Sobriety

  Rapper Macklemore speaks candidly about his struggle to stay sober through his recent meteoric rise to top the pop charts and his overnight surge in popularity, in an interview with Rolling Stone that hits newsstands today. As his fame has exploded recently, so has his schedule, which has put a burden on his sobriety. “The last three months haven’t been good for me – the pressure, the expectation, the lack of sleep, the stress, the traveling,” he explains to Rolling Stone. “I can’t escape Macklemore. I just want to get the fuck out of my own head.” The artist also discusses his improbable and challenging journey to commercial success, despite his struggles with substance abuse. Macklemore’s rise has been entirely self-made; he runs his own label, makes his music videos, and … Read entire article »

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Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer Shares His Experiences with Addiction and Mental Illness

On Monday night, 24 March 2013, at the Penn State University: Berks Campus, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer spoke to an audience of around 150 people in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium on the in Spring Township. The rock star left his drumsticks at home, however, to speak candidly and answer questions about his battles with alcoholism, substance abuse, and depression, among other topics. Kramer has had a long history with drug and alcohol abuse, which is the subject of his 2009 book Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top. Aerosmith was formed in 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, and after the release of their third album, 1975′s Toys in the Attic, which went platinum eight times in the U.S., they were playing stadium shows across the world. By the … Read entire article »

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‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Checks into Rehab

  Cory Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson on the hit Fox series Glee has entered rehab for substance addiction. Although this is not his first attempt at getting sober, everyone—including his girlfriend, and fellow cast member, Lea Michele—is strongly supportive of his decision to try at it again. “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” Michele, 26, says in a statement. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.” The actress and singer tweeted to her 2.48 million followers, “Feeling so grateful today Going back a bit, to a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, Monteith explained that, by the age of 13, he was already skipping school to smoke pot and drink. He went on to express that his teenage years were uneasy, including attending 12 different schools, … Read entire article »

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