November 21, 2017

Category Archives: Mental health

Vaccine Could Eliminate Cocaine Addiction

Vaccine Could Eliminate Cocaine Addiction

Although there is currently no FDA-approved vaccine on the market to treat addiction, a vaccine that fights against cocaine addiction may not be too far off. “Researchers have produced a lasting anti-cocaine immunity in mice by giving them a safe vaccine that combines bits of the common cold virus with a particle that mimics cocaine.”According to the lead investigator, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, this research could pave the way to a simple and effective treatment for cocaine addicts, not to mention the fact that it could lead to the treatment of many other types of addiction, such as nicotine, heroin and other opiates.“He says the antibody immune response produced in …Continue Reading

Non-Habit Forming Painkiller May Soon Hit The Market

Non-Habit Forming Painkiller May Soon Hit The Market

Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a powerful new painkiller that is said to possess no apparent side effects or addictive qualities could be available for purchase within the next year or two. At present, this miracle drug is in Phase II clinical trials in England and Canada.A painkiller or analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to relieve pain. The term analgesic is derived from Greek “an”, meaning without, and “algos”, meaning pain. These drugs include paracetamol (better known as acetaminophen), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and opioids such as morphine and opium. Commonly prescribed painkillers include OxyContin, Vicodin, Methadone, Darvocet, Lortab, Lorcet and Percocet, all of which cause dependence.During …Continue Reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Effects of Facebook

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Effects of Facebook

According to Larry D. Rosen, PhD, professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, the effects of social media are becoming more and more visible.Some of their findings suggest that the more time spent on Facebook is related to a greater tendency toward narcissistic behaviors among teenagers. Also, it has been discovered that young adults that spend excessive amounts of time on Facebook show more signs of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies. Additionally, studies have revealed that excessive daily use of social media can negatively affect the health of children, preteens and teenagers alike as they are more prone to anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders as well as more susceptible to future general …Continue Reading

Infants Trained to Concentrate May Have Improved Abilities

Infants Trained to Concentrate May Have Improved Abilities

New research suggests that infants can be trained to improve their concentration skills much earlier than once thought, which, unlike adults, can lead to improvements on unrelated tasks. Such abilities could lead to greater academic success, especially for those infants that may not be expected to thrive.”Research suggests that differences in attentional control abilities emerge early in development and that children with better attentional control subsequently learn better in academic settings,” said Sam Wass of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, University of London. In other words, infants that can more readily concentrate on a specific object while ignoring other distractions are better equipped to learn. To…Continue Reading

Understanding & Coping with the Christmas Blues

Understanding & Coping with the Christmas Blues

The stress of the holidays triggers sadness and depression for many people. This time of year is especially difficult because there’s an expectation of feeling merry and generous. People compare their emotions to what they assume others are experiencing or what they’re supposed to feel. Then they think that they alone fall short. They judge themselves and feel like an outsider. There’re a host of things that add to stress and difficult emotions during the holidays. Finances. Not enough money or the fear of not having enough to buy gifts leads to sadness and guilt. The stress of financial hardship during this…Continue Reading

Therapists Spill: My Biggest Mistake & What I Learned

Therapists Spill: My Biggest Mistake & What I Learned

When we make mistakes many of us get stuck. We beat ourselves up. We blame ourselves for not knowing any better or for knowing better but not acting that way. We play back the events in our minds (as if to undo them). We get defensive. We linger in denial or disappointment. We remain in regret. Making a mistake, especially if you were raised to fear them, can feel painful, embarrassing and overwhelming. But our mistakes can be our greatest source of growth. Our mistakes and missteps provide powerful information and insight, if we’re willing to open our eyes, and do the work. Below, therapists spill their biggest mistakes and the lessons they’ve learned from them. Major Mistakes “My biggest mistake, without question, came during my …Continue Reading

Effects Of Bullying

Effects Of Bullying

I am an effect of bullying. I experienced during school and after school bullying from the time I was about 7 to the age of 16. This bullying occurred in one form or another at every school I attended from grammar school through high school. The consequences of said bullying have lasted well into my […]Continue Reading

Celebrities in Rehab – Media Offering Addiction as Scandalous Entertainment

Celebrities in Rehab – Media Offering Addiction as Scandalous Entertainment

We’ve known for decades that mental health and addictions are medical conditions. Media depictions continue to yield unrealistic views of social problems and those afflicted. We live in a tabloid driven, soundbite culture in which celebrity gossip is at the forefront of our guilty pleasures. We seem to take great enjoyment from watching people who have it all, lose it all. Celebrities receive none of the empathy we have for suffering caused by mental illness and addictions. Instead, we revel in their superficiality, bad behavior and misfortune. Our societal preoccupation demonstrates not only insensitivity but emotional immaturity. Bowling for Soup said it best; “The whole damn world is just as obsessed…Continue Reading

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.:  Bipartisan Support for Those Who Serve

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.: Bipartisan Support for Those Who Serve

I have been impressed with the depth of understanding that many of those on the Hill have about the issues affecting returning troops and their families. And it isn’t just the members of the House and Senate who are passionate about caring for those coming home from war. Many of the staffers who work on the Hill are veterans themselves. Read more: Support, Military, Mental Health, Barbara Van Dahlen, Ptsd, Bipartisan, Legislation, Give an Hour, Veterans, Tbi, Politics NewsContinue Reading

Andrea Umbach:  When Reassurance Becomes a Crutch

Andrea Umbach: When Reassurance Becomes a Crutch

We have all done it. We try to say something that is helpful and reassuring. We try to say something that will take away someone’s fears or doubts. The problem is it usually doesn’t work. And sometimes reassurance does the exact opposite of what we intend. Read more: Cbt, Anxieties, Flexibility, Coping, Reassurance, Validation, Anxiety, Mental Health, Emotional Wellness, Uncertainty, Facing Fears, Support, Helping Others, Healthy Living NewsContinue Reading

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