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Month: January 2016

Ads Can Be Constant Triggers for People With Eating Disorders

People who are struggling with disordered eating experience triggers for their illness everywhere they turn. For one thing, eating is something that people have to do multiple times every day in order to live and stay healthy, which means that disordered eaters have to face their demons with every meal. In addition, advertisements and other …

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‘COPE’ Therapy Breakthrough in Treatment of PTSD, Addiction

Current research is figuring out ways that people can be successfully treated for both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders. It is not uncommon for these two issues to co-occur. Many people with PTSD turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with the negative symptoms of PTSD: nightmares, flashbacks, intense …

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‘Mississippi Grind’ Accurately Portrays Gambling Addiction

In many ways, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “Mississippi Grind” plays more like a documentary detailing the very real rollercoaster of gambling addiction than a drama. Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a typical down-on-his luck gambling addict. He lives and dies by the game. He’s alienated his family. He lives alone with his cat and has …

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Your Clandestine Affair With… Your Credit Card

Your partner has become secretive, hiding receipts and financial statements from you. You suspect your partner of lying about where he or she has been and what he or she has been doing. Your spouse insists on separate credit cards and doesn’t want to share passwords with you. Unfortunately, all of these signs indicate that …

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Should You Give Up Drinking Because of Strong Urge to Smoke?

If you’re in the habit of smoking only when you drink and hang out with friends, you’re a social smoker and you may think that you aren’t harming your health. This kind of intermittent smoking may not be as risky as daily smoking, but it may be causing more damage than you realize. If alcohol …

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Negativity, Social Awkwardness Common in Women With Eating Disorders

Recent evidence from a team of Swedish researchers indicates that women with eating disorders other than anorexia have personality traits that largely distinguish them from the general population. Personality traits are the mixtures of long-term thought and behavioral tendencies that help differentiate human beings from each other. These traits develop in childhood and adolescence before …

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