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Causes of Schizophrenia Are the Focus of New Research

Imagine two adolescents in their late high school or early college days who once were well adjusted – then suddenly stopped socializing and underwent a stark personality change. Assume both individuals had loving families who immediately saw the behavior changes and brought their child to the doctor and that each child was given an initial...

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Hoarding Will Soon Be an Official Mental Health Diagnosis

Up until the last decade, the term “hoarding” was usually used to describe someone who was a “pack rat” or had too many collectibles gathering dust. However, with the excess of media coverage on the topic in recent years, the term “hoarding” has taken on a whole new meaning. What was once thought of as...

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NFL Legend Herschel Walker Talks Mental Illness With Veterans

Herschel Walker, former Heisman trophy winner and NFL phenom through the ‘80s and ‘90s, recently visited Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC to speak with soldiers about the importance of seeking treatment for mental health problems. Walker is working with TriCare, the military’s health insurance provider, to promote an anti-stigma campaign for soldiers suffering from mental...

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What Is a Psychotic Snap and Can It Be Prevented?

In the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre, the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and the shooting on the Texas A&M campus, many people are wondering if there were signs that the shooter was becoming increasingly psychotic before the incident and if the whole thing could have been prevented with early identification...

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Are Female Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?

There is no clearer sign that society’s body image standards are severely off track when some of the strongest, fittest women in the world have to defend their weight to the media. Despite the fact that the 2012 Olympics in London have been dubbed the “Women’s Games” because females are represented in all sports and...

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Study Shows Mental Disorders Increase Risk of Cancer

A recent study from researchers out of Johns Hopkins questions whether individuals with mental health problems are getting appropriate preventative care for cancer. The findings published in the journal of Psychiatric Services found that patients with a mental disorder were 2.6 times as likely to receive a diagnosis of cancer than the general population. Associate...

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Food Addiction, Obesity Connection to Childhood Abuse

It seems to become more obvious as research mounts that our experiences as children have a huge impact on a variety of areas later on in life. Our childhood is not an isolated event that stays in the past; rather, the events we are a part of as kids shape the way we relate to...

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Can Telephone Therapy for Depression Help With Treatment Attendance in Teens?

Approximately one-quarter of all primary care visits involve a clinically important level of depressive symptoms and 10 percent of the population will experience major depression in their lifetime. Talk therapy, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), has proven to be an effective treatment for depression and most patients report they would prefer this method to prescription...

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The Misdiagnosis of Depression, Part II

In our last post, we discussed the mental health issues (the 7 Ds) that are most frequently mistaken for depression and the potential for complications and even deadly consequences when this happens. In this post, the second half of our dialogue, we will look at how to appropriately manage and treat the 7 Ds most...

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The Misdiagnosis of Depression, Part I

There are numerous mental and physical illnesses that may be confused with depression. The diagnostic process is not always as straightforward as we as patients would like it to be, even for a mental illness as well known as depression. There are a variety of symptoms that can be a sign of a multitude of...

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Can the Club Drug Ketamine Successfully Treat Depression?

The psychedelic ketamine, known to those on the club scene as “Special K” was first used during the Vietnam War for anesthesia in hospitals, and it is also used today in veterinary clinics for the same purpose. According to many experts, psychedelic drugs in the 1960s were considered to have great possibilities for use in...

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New Website Hopes to Spread the Facts About Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

A brand new website called Borderline PersonalityDisorder.com has been launched to educate the public on the causes, signs and treatment strategies for borderline personality disorder (BPD), a mental illness which is all too often misunderstood by the public at large. Due to their behavior, individuals suffering from BPD are often seen by others as difficult,...

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Feds Accuse Glaxo of Paying Dr. Drew to Embellish Side Effects of Antidepressant

Long before Dr. Drew Pinsky was known as the doc on Celebrity Rehab and a leading expert in the field of addiction and mental illness, he was a host on the MTV show Loveline in the 1990s discussing sex and relationship concerns with young adults. During this time period, the Food and Drug Administration claims...

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New Study Says Spanking Hurts Kids’ Mental Health

Whether or not spanking a child is an appropriate form of punishment has been an ongoing debate among parents for decades. Research generally seems to point to avoiding physical punishment as a way of disciplining kids and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discourages the practice of spanking as well. However, research and expert opinions...

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How Will Obamacare Affect Individuals With a Mental Health Disorder?

There are many reasons to be for and against The Affordable Care Act, perhaps better known as Obamacare. Whether the US should or should not adopt the Obamacare legislation has been one of the biggest hot button issues of the past four years. The bill was so controversial and divisive it ended up being sent...

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Military Suicides Spiked During 2012

The Pentagon is now reporting that suicides of military personnel have skyrocketed over the last year. Almost every day someone in uniform takes his or her own life. This number has risen 50 percent in just one year’s time and far surpasses the number of military lives lost in combat. Many assume that because the...

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Get a Job: Positive Results in PTSD Treatment Aided by Employment for Veterans

A new study reports that veterans who find employment and have positive social support at home and in the community fare better when it comes to their treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was published in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and showed that a number of specific factors increased the veterans’ ability to...

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The Costs of Untreated Sports Betting Addiction

The ongoing debate over whether or not to legalize sports betting has reached the Senate floor as well as living rooms across the country. The potential tax revenue is considered a benefit but many fear that legalizing sports betting will mean an increase in gambling addiction. Unfortunately, too many families are already being torn apart...

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Top 5 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

Learning the truth behind the myths that commonly circulate about Alzheimer’s disease can better aid you in helping your loved one who has been diagnosed with the disorder to eliminate fears around the disease. Some common myths about Alzheimer’s disease include: Alzheimer’s disease is not deadly. Unfortunately, this is not true. Alzheimer’s disease slowly degenerates...

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Texas Mental Health Programs Up for Review by Lawmakers

The mental health services for the state of Texas are maxed out and, with the current system, can no longer serve the population knocking down their door. This is why legislators on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee are looking into how the state’s mental health programs can be overhauled to provide appropriate and...

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Depression Affects the Whole Body

Researchers are starting to piece together a variety of studies over recent years that point to depression as a physical illness as well as a mental illness. It has been noted that patients with chronic mental and emotional stress caused by depression PTSD, and a variety of other mental disorders tend to develop physical ailments...

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Fear of the Dark: Adult Treatment for an Adult Phobia

Fear of the dark is generally considered a passing childhood phase that is eventually quelled with a nightlight, checking under the bed for monsters before going to sleep, and maturity. However, researchers at the Ryerson University Sleep and Depression Lab in Toronto, Canada are questioning the belief that everyone simply grows out their fear of...

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Would You Pay More to Avoid Diabetes or Schizophrenia?

A stigma has long been attached to mental illness in this country, a perception that has been slowly changing over the last few decades due to education and outreach efforts on the part of the mental health community. However, no one has ever looked at how quality of life for someone suffering from a mental...

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Meditation Shown to Have a Positive Effect on Mental Health Treatment

Just a few hours of meditation may improve your brain’s function and increase the efficacy of your mental health treatment program, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The art of mindfulness meditation can increase your sense of peace and help you get more out of your...

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