Obesity is a national health problem today. But, is a person’s weight a matter of personal willpower, genetics, proper or insufficient exercise, or could being overweight be a result of a food addiction? There is new discussion on the causes of being overweight and obesity as the nation’s health professionals look for ways to address…Details
Studies performed by John Wemmie, M.D., Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the Univeristy of Iowa, have uncovered interesting information about how acidity in the brain (pH) may impact healthy and unhealthy brain function. Dr. Wemmie’s studies, conducted on mice and human subjects, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests to detect and track pH changes that occur…Details
Lloyd Gordon, III, MD is the Medical Director at The Ranch Tennesse. I was somewhat discouraged with the recent article cited in the ASAM News called “Adjunctive Counseling During Brief and Extended Buprenorphine-Naloxon Treatment for Prescription Opioid Dependence” with the lead investigator being Roger D. Weiss, MD, of Boston University. The article described adjunctive counseling…Details
As we all know, the aging process takes a certain toll on the body. Knees hurt, joints ache, and overall performance of body systems diminish overtime. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many members of the aging population take prescription medications to keep pain in check.
Eating disorders carry with them not only the physical challenges and mental anguish of trying to change dangerous behaviors, but also a social stigma. Many in the general public don’t have any knowledge of the signs of eating disorders or the factors that can increase risk.
Gambling in and of itself is not a bad thing and can even be a lot of fun. Millions of people each year flock to gambling centers like Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or other legal casinos with the glimmering hope that one roll of the dice, one pull of that lever, or one hand of…Details
A program that has been around for more than 70 years, 12 step programs, appear to still be just as successful as they were when they began.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been a useful tool in treating many types of mental illnesses. It is widely used to treat substance abuse and addiction, as well as eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. The technique aids many patients in recovery by helping them evaluate how their beliefs and thoughts affect how they feel.
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky, retired Canadian-born professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey player who played for four teams in 20 seasons, nicknamed “The Great One,” and often called “the greatest hockey player ever” (born 1961) Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We’ve heard that adage more than…Details
It is often difficult to get a designation of and recognition for new addictions. The psychiatry and therapy communities as well as the wider public can be slow to admit to the reality of certain problems. However, it is tough to ignore the fact that people can become obsessed with and even addicted to the…Details