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Month: January 2014

Online Gambling Among Teens

In the past, a person that wanted to gamble required a trip to a brick-and-mortar casino or at least an invitation to play poker in a friends’ basement. However, with Internet gaming available any time via smart phones and computers, gambling is always just a click away. As a result, gambling activity has increased significantly …

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Women Living in Cities More Prone to Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a severe and lasting type of depression that is distinct from the usual baby blues. Giving birth, especially for the first time, is a life-changing event. New mothers are faced with a host of challenges, including worrying about how to raise a child, financial considerations and how the baby will strain the …

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How Equine Therapy Helps in the Treatment of Alcoholism

Encouraging patients to interact with animals isn’t a new concept in medicine. You likely have heard news stories of therapy dogs visiting pediatric hospitals or a cat that lives among nursing home residents. Now, addiction treatment specialists are using horses to help alcoholics find sobriety. If you or a loved one needs treatment for alcohol …

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Putting Sleep Disorders to Bed: New Way to Improve Internal Clock Function

Sleep disturbance is a general term doctors use to describe anything that disrupts a person’s ability to sleep long or well enough to get adequate rest in preparation for his or her waking hours. Mental health conditions associated with the presence of significant disruptions in normal sleeping patterns include depression, Parkinson’s disease and a group …

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Equine Therapy at The Ranch: Ride in Style in the Year of the Horse

The New Year of 2014 is here and with it the opportunity to make great strides in recovery. It’s also the year of the horse in the Chinese zodiac, related to the Chinese calendar. At The Ranch, there’s no better time or place to find your way in sobriety, especially if you like horses. First, …

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Objective Binge Eating Vs. Subjective Binge Eating

Binge eating is a behavior that occurs when people eat unusually large amounts of food in a relatively short period of time. This behavior plays a central role in two officially diagnosable eating disorders, called bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Some affected individuals truly consume excessive amounts of calories, and therefore participate in something called …

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Internet-Based Relapse Prevention Works in People with Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is a severe eating disorder that deeply alters the relationship with body weight and food consumption in affected individuals. People with the disorder have significantly increased risks of dying prematurely, even when they initially respond well to treatment and at least partially regain their health. According to the results of a new study …

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When Addictions Overlap: The Fuzzy Boundaries between Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction

Addictions and people rarely follow textbook examples. In reality, people are a mix of instincts and urges born of unique hurts, experiences, backgrounds and genetic predispositions. It should not be surprising that there would be frequent overlap among addictions, especially in the categories of love, sex and relationships, which are so tightly and often inextricably …

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Motherhood and Mental Illness: Be Willing to Reach Out for Help

To meet Allie, you’d never guess what happened in 2009. She’s tall and slender, demure and intelligent. She has a sweet nature and is genuinely interested in people and animals. A little bit shy, she can easily be brought out of her shell when asked about her fossil collection or any discussion about travel. She …

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