Mental Health

Mindfulness: Why Every Addict Needs It

Published on August 28th, 2015 in Mental Health

Mindfulness: Why Every Addict Needs ItThe addict has a restless brain, and substances or compulsive behaviors are used to self-regulate the overworked brain. That process eventually leads to a trail of destruction: lost jobs, failed marriages, neglected children, plundered fortunes.

What Predicts Self-Harm in People With Borderline Personality Disorder?

Published on August 27th, 2015 in Mental Health

What Predicts Self-Harm in People With Borderline Personality Disorder?The majority of people affected by borderline personality disorder (BPD) engage in a form of self-harm known as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Underlying reasons for this behavior can vary widely from person to person. In a study published in the journal Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotional Dysregulation, researchers examined the factors that help predict non-suicidal self-injury in young adults affected by BPD. The researchers concluded that some classic borderline personality disorder symptoms are linked to increased risks for NSSI, while the presence of other BPD symptoms apparently reduces the risks for self-harm participation.

Borderline Personality Disorder Hinders Recovery From Depression and Vice Versa

Published on August 25th, 2015 in Mental Health

Borderline Personality Disorder Hinders Recovery From Depression and Vice VersaBorderline personality disorder (BPD) and major depression are highly interactive conditions, a new study from Harvard University-affiliated McLean Hospital finds. Specifically, the presence of BPD hinders a timely recovery from major depression, while, conversely, the presence of major depression hinders a timely recovery from borderline personality disorder, researchers say.

How to Help Your Teen Pick a College With Mental Health Resources

Published on August 14th, 2015 in Mental Health

How to Help Your Teen Pick a College With Mental Health ResourcesAdjusting to college life is difficult under the best of circumstances, but for young adults prone to mental or emotional disorders, navigating college can be overwhelming. If your child has struggled with mental health issues in the past, it’s important to select a school that offers accessible, affordable mental health support and to have a plan for getting treatment. Students who have mental health resources at their disposal can be secure in the knowledge that when flare-ups occur, they can get the help they need to manage their illness, rather than suffering needlessly, or worse, giving up and going home.

Gambling Addicts Beset With Alcohol, Drug, Mental Health Problems

Published on June 23rd, 2015 in Mental Health

Gambling Addicts Beset With Alcohol, Drug, Mental Health ProblemsOften overlooked in the pantheon of addictions, gambling dependency can destroy hopes, dreams and lives as thoroughly, quickly and efficiently as any other type of addiction. But as potent as it is when acting alone, gambling addiction is even more destructive when accompanied by other addictions and disorders—which it almost always is.

Marijuana Worsens Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Published on June 10th, 2015 in Mental Health

Marijuana Worsens Symptoms of Bipolar DisorderNew findings by a team of British researchers point toward a substantial worsening of existing bipolar disorder symptoms in people who use various forms of the addictive, plant-based drug marijuana/cannabis.

Lamotrigine Mitigates Mood Fluctuations in Bipolar Women, Study Finds

Published on June 4th, 2015 in Mental Health

Lamotrigine Mitigates Mood Fluctuations in Bipolar Women, Study Finds

New research from a group of American scientists indicates that women with bipolar disorder experience notable menstrual cycle-related mood alterations, even when they receive effective treatment for their condition.

What to Do When You Love Someone With a Personality Disorder

Published on May 26th, 2015 in Mental Health

What to Do When You Love Someone With a Personality DisorderMost of us have had someone in our lives who stirs up trouble. Think of the co-worker who undermines colleagues. Or the parent who’s the master of emotional blackmail, alternately giving, then taking away love and approval. Or the perpetually hostile ex-wife who keeps dragging her former husband back into court.

Problem Gamblers Should Be Screened for Personality Disorders

Published on April 27th, 2015 in Mental Health

Problem Gamblers Should Be Screened for Personality DisordersThe revelation that addicts often have underlying physical or mental health disorders does not exactly qualify as a shocker. Compulsive behaviors are often a coping mechanism for those who feel overwhelmed by the world and feel a desperate urge to escape from their troubles. But naturally those troubles only multiply when addiction develops, as obstacles that once seemed difficult become all but insurmountable.

Ketamine Quickly Targets Depression

Published on April 22nd, 2015 in Mental Health

Ketamine Quickly Targets DepressionThe anesthetic ketamine, which first came into use for surgical procedures more than 40 years ago, may be successful at treating one of two “cardinal symptoms” of major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

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