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Binge Eating and Alcoholism: A Genetic Connection?

Until recently, it was been uncommon for medical professionals to ask patients with a drinking problem about binge eating and purging issues. However, a new study shows that common genetic risk factors between alcoholism and specific eating disorders exist and may indicate the need to open this discussion. The study looked at thousands of identical...

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment for PTSD and Alcoholism Proves Effective, Says Study

US Department of Health and Human Services recently reported the results of a study conducted in hopes of finding the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it co-occurs with alcoholism. In the past, mental health experts have feared treating PTSD before the client had recovered from alcoholism because they were concerned that...

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Body Dysmorphia and Addiction: Bryan Cuban’s Story

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder that is most commonly diagnosed in women. Men’s cases, however rare, do exist. Brian Cuban, the brother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has released a book divulging the details of his personal battle with body dysmorphia, addiction and self-deprecation. SportsDayDFW had the opportunity to speak with...

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A New Blood Test May Help Identify Suicide Risk in Patients

A study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry suggests that levels of specific blood proteins may increase prior to a person committing suicide. According to HealthDay News, researchers tested the blood of men suffering from bipolar disorder and men who had gone through with suicide. They were able to identify individual proteins that increased and...

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Is Your Loved One a Binge Drinker?

Binge drinking is one of the most common alcohol use disorders in the United States, an issue that is to blame for causing, complicating or increasing the risk of a number of issues, including: Mental health problems, such as dementia and depression Medical problems, such as heart disease and liver failure Increased and more rapid...

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4 Risks for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders encompass various conditions that may have little in common other than their relationship to food.  Here are the most common eating disorders: Bulimia nervosa. This disorder involves binge eating followed by purging, either through vomiting or the taking of laxatives. Anorexia nervosa. This disorder is characterized by a distorted self-image and irrational fear...

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Lack of Libido in Women Connected to Schizophrenia?

Dr. Mary Seeman, a psychiatrist experienced in treating female patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, has written an account of a patient (“Ms. J”), a schizophrenic complaining of loss of interest in sex. Loss of Libido Among Female Schizophrenics This is not an uncommon complaint. It is, in fact, a common complaint among all women, whether schizophrenic...

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Bullying May Trigger Psychiatric Issues, Depression in Adulthood, Says Study

Childhood bullying has traditionally been considered a problem for children alone. Once the child has reached adulthood and the bullying has stopped, popular opinion held that it could be put aside. Indeed, scientific studies have shown that in the case of apparently related experiences, such as maltreatment and physical abuse, this seems to be the...

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Combo Therapy and Meds Recommended for Anxiety Treatment in Older Adults

Generalized anxiety disorder is probably the most common psychiatric illness among seniors. Its effects include: Increased likelihood of cardiovascular problems Increased utilization of the health care system Poor cognitive performance Anxiety can be particularly difficult to treat in older people, as it tends to be chronic. Moreover, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – often indicated as...

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Prenatal Flu May Increase Child’s Adulthood Risk of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia

A new study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and headed by Alan Brown, MD, MPH, of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, has suggested that influenza suffered by women during pregnancy may increase their children’s risk of bipolar disorder in adulthood. The study also suggests a connection between bipolar...

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A Brain Scan May Help You Determine the Best Course of Depression Treatment

There are two main avenues of treatment for clinical depression: psychotherapy and antidepressant medication. Different patients respond to these two therapeutic techniques differently. Up to now, psychiatrists have had to more or less guess which route to take at the outset of treatment, trying the method they and the patient feel most comfortable with for...

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Estrogen Replacement Therapy May Fight an Anxiety and Anorexia Dual Diagnosis in Women

At the 2013 annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in June, researcher Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, presented results of a study she and her team at Harvard had conducted regarding women suffering from anorexia nervosa and anxiety. At her presentation, Dr. Misra explained that anxiety is commonly displayed by anorexia sufferers, which makes the disease...

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Mental Health Lawsuit Addresses Insurance Issue

The Murtha Cullina law firm of Hartford, Connecticut has filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the American Psychiatric Association against a major provider of health insurance, Anthem Health Plans. This lawsuit, which alleges that Anthem has wrongly charged higher copays for patients with mental health problems, may impact thousands of mental health...

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Can Improving Your Mood Decrease Your Medical Problems?

Like the tune says: “Keep on the sunny side / It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way / If we keep on the sunny side of life.” This is a truth that few of us doubt, though we may find it hard to adhere to at all times. Yet, up...

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Mental Health Treatment: What’s Stopping You from Getting the Help You Need?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services hopes to answer that question with a recent publication. It’s a question that is important because avoiding treatment is one of the biggest obstacles that patients face in learning how to manage devastating mental health symptoms. What...

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The Link Between Stress and Heart Attacks

Many studies have been done to research the connection between stress and coronary artery disease, especially heart attacks. Recently, Hermann Nabi of the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Villejuif, France, headed a study that looked instead into the subjects’ attitudes toward...

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Improving Outcomes for Eating Disorder Patients by Finding the Motivation to Change

Clausen, Lübeck, and Jones, the authors of “Motivation to Change in the Eating Disorders: A Systematic Review,” examined a series of 15 studies involving the treatment of patients of eating disorders. The studies dealt with the following disorders: Five studies had to do with patients with anorexia nervosa. Six studies dealt with patients with bulimia....

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4 Therapeutic Interventions for Mental Illness

In most cases, effective and comprehensive treatment that is tailor-made to address the specific issues facing the individual is all that stands between them and a life of balance, wellness and hope. Because everyone’s experience with mental health symptoms varies, so too should their experience in treatment. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...

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Obese Patients Often Denied Grad School Entrance, Says New Study

Applying to graduate schools can be a nerve-wracking process for anyone, but a new study has revealed that the process may be more difficult for some applicants than others. According to the study, higher education institutions are biased against a specific set of people: the overweight or obese. When researchers looked at 97 applicants to...

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Brain Imaging May Predict Success of Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment

There’s a big push for personalized medicine in mental health treatment, and patients diagnosed with social phobias and social anxiety disorder may be the next to benefit from the concept, according to a science update published by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry suggests that brain...

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Social Stress and Addiction: The Connection

As if stress didn’t cause enough problems in day-to-day life, as well as contribute to a myriad of chronic health conditions, a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology reports that social stress can have a direct impact on the development of addiction as well. The study points to the need for a number of...

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Types of Mental Health Disorders

There are a number of different types of mental health disorders, all of them different and all of them affecting people in distinct ways. In general, they have the following in common: They affect how the brain functions. They are affected by how the brain functions. They are real disorders. They require medical intervention and...

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New Hope for Mental Health Patients Struggling with Medication-Related Weight Gain

Psychosis is a symptom of a number of debilitating mental health disorders including bipolar disorder, certain personality disorders, schizophrenia or serious depression – but it’s also an issue that is treatable. Medication is the best option, and anti-psychotics are often the medication of choice. Unfortunately, according to a study published in the journal BMC Psychiatry,...

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The Economics of Depression

There are three major things to take away from a piece in The New York Times exploring the economic costs of depression: Depression costs billions of dollars in easily identifiable ways. Depression likely costs at least millions more in ways that are not as easy to define. It’s likely going to take a financial investment...

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