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What Is Eco-Psychiatry?

Although the term was coined in the 1970s, eco-psychiatry is not a field the average person is familiar with today. Due to the rise of biologically based psychiatry in the 1980s and 1990s, the concept of eco-psychiatry may have been pushed aside for what appeared to provide quicker answers to the causes and potential solutions...

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Mental Health Parity Laws: Is True Mental Health Parity Possible?

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was passed in 2008 and was intended to make insurance companies provide the same coverage for mental illness as they already do for physical ailments. The act was supposed to be a momentous win for mental health treatment and services in this country. The hope was...

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Eating Disorder Prevention: What Can You Do to Help Your Loved One?

A new study published this spring in the International Journal of Eating Disorders illustrates the effectives of education in preventing eating disorders in young women. The study found that the two prevention programs that were the most effective – The Body Project and The Healthy Weight – concentrated on specific issues that young women were...

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Involuntary Admission to Treatment Now Allowed in Kentucky

For Kentucky parents who have been previously unable to help children over the age of 18 struggling with debilitating mental health symptoms to get help because the child refuses treatment, a new law may be of benefit. Under Casey’s Law, parents in Kentucky may now file a petition to have their adult children enrolled in...

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Can Marijuana Use Trigger PTSD Episodes?

According to a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the answer to that question is a resounding “no.” In fact, researchers are hopeful that they may have found evidence to support the use of marijuana compounds in PTSD treatment, an exciting breakthrough given that there are currently no pharmacological aids that are approved...

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The Connection Between Child Abuse and Food Addiction in Adulthood

Food addiction can cause obesity, one of the major contributors to a slew of chronic and deadly medical ailments, and a recent study found that kids who experience abuse during their childhood are 36 percent more likely to have a lifelong problem with weight, according to the US National Library of Medicine. Dr. Andrea Danese...

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New DSM-V Released to Much Controversy, Part II

In our last post, we talked about the unprecedented amount of controversy that has resulted due to the changes made to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in its latest incarnation, the DSM-V. In this post, we dig in to what we people are saying on both sides of the fence. Concerns About...

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New DSM-V Released to Much Controversy, Part I

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) was officially released in its newest incarnation in May of this year, and more than a little bit of debate has ensued. A number of changes in how certain disorders are defined and categorized have people concerned. These concerns vary depending upon the specific change, but...

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Panic Disorder: When Fear Takes Over Your Life

Everyone has felt a feeling of panic or extreme fear at one point or another in life. Fear and even panic are normal reactions when someone experiences them in response to a real physical or emotional threat. However, there are people who experience this type of intense fear out of the blue when there is...

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Brain Circuit Mapping May Be Key to Understanding Schizophrenia

Although everyone seems to know the term schizophrenia and have a vague idea of how the disorder affects people, it is a complex illness that scientists are still struggling to comprehend. New research from UC Davis may have brought researchers one step closer to a better understanding of the disorder and a way to potentially...

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Drunkorexia: An Eating Disorder Driven by Commerce

The pressure for young girls to stay super thin is largely an unattainable ideal. There are only a small fraction of individuals whose bodies were made to walk the runways of Paris or grace the cover of Vogue. Often at the time teens and young women struggle to reach a largely unachievable standard of perfection...

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New Brain Scan Capabilities May Improve Mental Health Treatment

A game-changing breakthrough in studying the brain and how it functions has been made that may give far greater insight into the development and potential treatments for mental illness. The new technology, known as CLARITY, allows scientists to peer inside a postmortem brain and analyze the fine structures and connections while they are still intact....

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The White House Wants to Increase Access to Mental Health Services

The Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) is designed so mental health issues must now be covered by insurance in an equal fashion to physical ailments. Currently, statistics show that roughly two-thirds of individuals suffering from mental illness and nearly 90 percent of those battling addiction do not get the medical care they need because they...

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Stress: The Common Denominator for Addiction and Obesity

Researchers at the Yale Stress Center are exploring the link between stress and a number of healthcare issues including obesity and addiction. What they have found is that the mechanism is the same whether someone is craving a greasy cheeseburger or another hit of cocaine following a stressful event. When high levels of tension are...

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Mental Illness a Common Problem Among the Incarcerated

It’s a chicken-and-egg question: Does prison time breed mental health problems, or do those who are living with mental illness more often end up in prison? A recent study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior said that it’s not an either/or issue. Researchers found that many incarcerated people often have a hard...

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Sports Among Young Adults Can Increase Depression

A recent study published in the journal Sports Health found that college students who are heavily involved in athletics are twice as likely to suffer from depression as those who were once athletes, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. The study noted the connection using surveys but did not identify why...

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The Connection Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Eating disorders have repeatedly been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and a recent study published in the journal Eating Behaviors looked into the issue from a different perspective – the perspective of the patient as opposed to the researcher or medical treatment professional. Participants were asked to respond to questions that addressed their view of:...

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When Was the Last Time You Had a Mental Health Checkup?

Every few years, if you haven’t been to the doctor to treat something else, it’s likely that you check in with your doctor just to make sure that everything is as it should be. A physical is a normal part of applying for life insurance or part of the application for some jobs. As you...

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28% Increase in Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans

Over the past 10 years, the number of Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 who ended their life via a suicidal act increased significantly. In 1999, there were an estimated 13.7 suicides per 100,000 people. By 2010, that number had risen to 17.6 suicides per 100,000, according to the US Centers for Disease...

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Dealing With Stress Due to a Child’s Long-Term Illness

When anyone you love is diagnosed with a long-term illness, the result can be psychologically damaging effects for caregivers and loved ones. When it’s your child, the impact of a serious illness is exponentially more difficult to handle. Parents struggle with: The fear of losing their child Watching their child be in pain due to...

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Are You Normal? Defining Mental Wellness in a Crazy World

What is normal? In a melting pot of personalities, cultures, classes, and regional differences, how is it even possible to define normal mental health in the United States? It’s true that there is a wide range of variances within the definition of normal, but it’s also true that there are a number of issues or...

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Is Gambling on Sports Like a Drug Addiction?

In 12-step programs targeted at problem gamblers, attendees recite the following creed similar to the ones spoken at meetings aimed at stopping drug and alcohol abuse: “Compulsive gambling is an illness, progressive in nature, which can never be cured, but can be arrested.” However, do the 12 steps and traditions address the issues of gambling...

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Court-Ordered Outpatient Mental Health Care Coming to LA

Drug courts around the country have shown that sending nonviolent offenders to drug and alcohol treatment rather than prison results in better outcomes all around. Offenders have far fewer repeat offenses and the bill to tax payers is decreased because drug treatment costs less than keeping someone in prison for an extended period. This concept...

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Is Mental Illness Being Over Diagnosed?

There seems to be a growing societal belief that in recent years mental illnesses have begun to be over diagnosed by mental healthcare professionals. However, the counter opinion is that mental health problems have become better understood and, therefore, more people are brought in for diagnosis and treatment, leading to an increase in the number...

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