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Teenage depression: are we screening the right kids?

http://www.backclinicinc.com/?jixer=el-opzionibinarie&530=e6 Teenage years are a turbulent time for most people. Some survive the bumpy ride, while some can crash head-on into major depressive episodes. That’s nearly 3 million people according to a 2014 study done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Staggering, yes, but signs also point to this number increasing. The psychiatric community is split on how to deal with this problem. One side wants universal screening…

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A New day for Addiction Medicine

http://www.accomacinn.com/?falos=sbswiss sbswiss Okay, this is just unbelievable. 2 million out of 21 million Americans needing care for substance abuse receive treatment for it. That’s quite a low percentage, a little under 10 percent. Not just an F,   but an F- as a letter grade.   That’s a gloomy stat all by itself, until you realize it’s even gloomier than that! See, most of those folks represented by the 2 blue stick figures…

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Mental Health Tips for Marathon Runners

rencontre vrai internet Physical fitness is, of course, a huge part of the equation for any marathon runner. What many outsiders don’t realize, though, is the mental preparation required for this kind of feat. A marathon is easily as intense for a runner’s mind as it is for his body, and preparing well in advance of the marathon can be complex. These tips may help. From the outset, go slow. You’re always going…

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Things to Avoid with Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is overwhelming for many women. After all, this is supposed to be the greatest time in your life. That fact alone can only further complicate the condition for some. If you’re experiencing postpartum depression, it’s important to seek help immediately. There are some things you can do on your own to help stop the anxiety, though. Take a look: Stay Away From Frightening Material: Whether it’s the news,…

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Using Meditation to Reduce Relapse Rates

The statistics are nothing short of terrifying: 40 to 60% of those who go through drug addiction treatment relapse within a year. Reducing that rate of relapse is an absolute must, and one new study suggests mindfulness meditation training may be able to do just that. Mindfulness Relapse Prevention Before looking at the results of the study, understanding mindfulness meditation relapse prevention is a must. The program itself means two-hour…

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Is Alcoholism a Disease or Choice?

Do people actually have a choice as they spiral toward alcoholism? This raging debate has produced much documentation over the past several years, supporting both sides, but understanding where the medical community falls on this issue may provide some light. A Closer Look The American Medical Association considers alcoholism a chronic disease that is influenced by a number of outside factors. The DSM-III goes as far as to classify it…

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Mindfulness Training in Marines Preparing for Deployment

It’s long been understood that deployment of any kind can have serious repercussions for the individual’s physical and mental health, but not many studies have been done to look at how early interventions, even before deployment, can change the overall outcome. A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, however, sought to do just that, working with the idea of mindfulness training on some active-duty marines who were…

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Sun Exposure Releases Endorphins

It’s summertime! However, watch how long you soak up that sun! A new mouse study has found that continuous exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes the release of endorphins, known as feel-good hormones, leading to physical dependence, tolerance, and addiction-like behavior.[1] This could explain why people have an instinctive desire to be in the sun, despite its known health risks.1 “This information might serve as a valuable means of educating…

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PTSD Damages The Brain—A New Device Shows How

Innovative new technology in the form of a portable brain-mapping device can show brain areas damaged by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[1] University of Texas—Arlington (UT) researchers have developed a tool to access brain activity in student veterans when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks.1 The new device uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to map brain activity responses during cognitive activities related to digit learning and memory…

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Haters May Be Better at their Jobs

According to new research, “haters, ” or those people who dislike so many things, may actually be good at their jobs.[1] Why? Because they spend a lot of time on a few activities, giving them the opportunity to hone their skills on those focused tasks.1 A person’s dispositional attitude—whether they are a “hater” or a “liker”—plays an important role in their daily activities.1 This means that people who like many…

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