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Cocaine vs. Oreos: Which Is More Addictive?

Could it be that a seemingly innocent bag of Oreo cookies are actually more addictive than cocaine and heroin? According to Forbes, that may very well be the case – sort of. A study done on rat subjects demonstrated effectively that Oreo cookies were as addictive as heroin or cocaine; all substances elicited similar responses...

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Military Contractors Struggle with PTSD, Don’t Get Treatment

It’s not just military personnel who are spending time in war zones; civilian contractors often take up employment in conflict areas as well. Unfortunately, whether or not the person wears a uniform has little to do with their need for mental health treatment, and the fact is that many civilian contractors don’t get even the...

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Combating the Effects of Brain Aging and Dementia

It’s a problem that faces all of us as we age: An estimated 10 percent of people over the age of 65 and about half of adults over the age of 85 struggle with some degree of dementia, according to Psychiatric Times. Though there is a steady stream of research dedicated to learning more about...

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Mental Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore in Your Loved One

From time to time, everyone struggles with mental health symptoms. Feelings of extreme sadness, anger, or frustration can mount and manifest in an acute episode or over a period of days. However, when these manifestations occur cyclically or chronically, they can be signs of a mental health disorder that can benefit from effective treatment. How...

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The Affordable Care Act, Mental Health Care and Young Americans: A New Study

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to ensure that all who need mental health treatment have access to it. USA Today reports that insurance companies are required to offer as much provision for mental health treatment services as they do for medical care for physical issues, making up for a woeful...

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Most Commonly Diagnosed Mental Health Disorders in the United States

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) releases an annual report detailing the issues facing the United States in terms of mental health disorders and symptoms. Called Behavioral Health, United States, the latest report for 2012 was recently released, announcing, among other things, the rates of certain mental health disorders in different age...

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Ritalin Effective Treatment for ADHD Patients Fighting Drug Abuse, Says Study

Despite the fact that Ritalin can be a drug of abuse for some, it has been deemed an effective treatment medication for adults who struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when substance abuse is also an issue that they are attempting to overcome, according to MedicalXpress. The Facts About ADHD and Substance Abuse Patients...

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Dual Diagnosis: Treating Addiction and Trauma Among Health Care Professionals

Drug abuse and mental health issues – or a Dual Diagnosis – can be problematic in any career, but for those employed in the health care profession, it can be especially difficult to get effective care that allows them to be effective in their jobs after treatment. Unfortunately, issues of trauma and related substance abuse...

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Cocaine Dependence and Psychosis: Dual Diagnosis?

When someone is heavily addicted to crack or cocaine, they often exhibit significant symptoms of psychosis. But did the psychosis come first, followed by cocaine addiction, creating a Dual Diagnosis in the patient? Or did the mental health symptoms develop due to a long-term cocaine habit, and if so, will they go away with treatment?...

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A Third of Veterans Prescribed Psychiatric Meds Are Not Diagnosed with a Mental Health Disorder

About 30 percent of US veterans who are taking prescription psychiatric medications do not have a diagnosis for a mental health disorder, according to a study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. In fact, Reuters reports that veterans between the ages of 65 and 85 are the group most likely to have a...

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Does Recession Impact Mental Health?

Financial concerns are an issue for almost everyone living through a recession. Even if it doesn’t mean job loss, it can mean downsizing or a change in lifestyle that is stressful. Additionally, the threat of loss can be traumatic to many, especially when it goes on for years at a time. How does the experience...

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Anxiety Disorder 101: What You Need to Know

When people find themselves under pressure or in a dangerous situation, their bodies respond – their heart may start to race, they may begin to sweat, or they may even become short of breath. People who suffer from anxiety disorders frequently deal with similar symptoms associated with danger or stress, but they experience them in...

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Brain Waves May Affect Ability to Cooperate in Relationships

Every year, millions of Americans go through each day attempting to manage the unstable symptoms that define a serious mental health disorder. Those who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) frequently have tumultuous relationships, unstable moods and erratic behaviors. This stems from a decreased awareness of social norms as compared to peers. A 2008 study...

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Number of Americans Accessing Mental Health Treatment Expected to Soar

The new healthcare legislation that went into effect October 1 of last year will provide medical care for millions of uninsured Americans – and impose a tax penalty for those who have not signed up as of this month. In addition to physical care, the Affordable Healthcare Act will provide more Americans with opportunities to...

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Is New Cognitive Behavioral Therapy App the Key to Eating Disorder Treatment?

Jenna Tregarthen, a PhD student at Stanford University, is doing what she can to help the 24 million Americans who suffer from eating disorders. Tregarthen, who is working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology, became frustrated with her patients’ lack of follow through with assignments, such as keeping a written journal. Believing that she could...

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Opiate Addiction and Weight Loss Surgery: Is There a Connection?

Weight loss operations, such as bariatric surgery, have been shown to be an effective tool in helping obese individuals get their weight under control. One reason why some people elect to have this surgery is to relieve the stress that being overweight places on their bodies. This increased stress from the extra weight often causes...

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Acupuncture on Par with Talk Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects a person’s moods, causing him or her to experience persistent sadness, a loss of joy, and a lack of hope. Those who suffer from the illness may feel like their lives are empty and may even contemplate suicide. Around the world, more than 350 million people suffer...

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Can Psychosis Induced by Substance Abuse Convert to Schizophrenia?

Abusing alcohol or drugs is damaging to a person’s body and mind, a fact that has been well documented. Researchers in Finland have also shown a surprising link between substance abuse and mental health. The Finnish study reveals that those who underwent a psychotic episode – known as substance-abuse psychosis (SIP) – while using alcohol,...

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Do You Have a Sleep Disorder or a Mental Health Disorder?

Every night across the country, millions of Americans struggle with sleep. Whether it’s an issue with falling asleep or staying asleep, these patients find it next to impossible to get the rest they need to be functional during the day. The end result is often a use of sleep medications and, in some cases, a...

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Is Alcohol Abuse a Risk Factor for Early Onset Dementia?

According to a post by Newsroom, researchers find that genetic factors make up only a small portion of risk for developing early onset dementia, while alcohol abuse is a top contender for most risk. Early onset dementia is defined by its occurrence before the age of 65. Other risk factors include: Drug abuse Depression Stroke...

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Obesity and Addiction: An Overlap in the Brain?

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced that obesity is considered a disease in June 2013. Since this announcement, researchers have been paying a great deal of attention to the neurological ties between obesity and addiction. Nora D. Volkow is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and has extensively studied this overlap....

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PTSD and Alcoholism: Dual Diagnosis Treatment Proven to Be Effective

The Partnership at Drugfee.org recently published the results of a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, in which researchers analyzed the correlation between alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers used four different combinations of treatment for the purposes of the study, including: Placebo pills Prolonged exposure therapy Naltrexone, a drug to lower alcohol...

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How Much Do We Know About Mental Health Disorders?

The Atlantic recently spoke with Dr. Christine Montross, a staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI, on the difficulties of making a psychiatric diagnosis and discussed Dr. Montross’ new book, Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis.  Dr. Montross discussed the difference between hospitalization for those diagnosed with a...

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Addiction 101: What You Need to Know

Substance abuse among those who struggle with mental health symptoms or a mental health disorder makes for a difficult situation. Patients who find their symptoms impossible to manage on their own may attempt to do so by using alcohol, marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs, and/or a combination of substances. Unfortunately, while this may mitigate problematic mental...

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