“Skip, skip, skip to my Lou. Skip to my Lou, my darling.” This song evokes my childhood. I remember dancing to its lively tune. Most children skip spontaneously and without abandon. But then they’re told — explicitly or otherwise — to grow up, settle down and curb their enthusiasm. Kids lose a bit of their…Details
When it comes to many behaviors, people often don’t have an accurate idea of the choices that others are making. Teenagers may think that their fellow students use their seat belts less often than they actually do, and men who abuse their romantic partners may overestimate how many other men do the same. A new…Details
The RanchSM treatment center in Tennessee welcomes new program director Catherine Henricks to head its women’s eating disorders program.Details
Our understanding of mental illness has increased significantly over the past 15 to 20 years. Unfortunately, public attitudes about mental illness do not appear to have kept pace and, in some cases, have become less accepting than they were in the 1990s.
The 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…Details
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) may not be a new problem, but it is the newest form of disordered eating to be recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. ARFID was included for the first time in the DSM-5, which was published in May 2013. Disordered eating has been present in the…Details
Small but mighty, that’s the state of Vermont when it comes to confronting a formidable heroin and opiate addiction crisis. Its governor grabbed national attention a year ago with a State of the State address that focused almost entirely on the need to battle its heroin and opiate abuse problem.
What is more wonderful than falling in love? The delirious feeling of finding that special someone is written about in books and songs and movies. When you’re listening to music, you hear one song after another all about getting carried away with feelings of romantic love. Every day you see devoted couples on magazine covers…Details
The 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.
A disturbing news story out of China has placed the spotlight squarely on one of our biggest modern addictions: gaming. A couple in China are going on trial for allegedly trying to sell their children. They ran out of money for buying in-app purchases for tablet and smartphone games. The event illustrates an extreme example…Details