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Recovery From Physical Injury Helps Resolve PTSD Symptoms

People affected by PTSD and certain other mental health problems may see a substantial reduction or complete resolution of their symptoms if they recover from related physical health issues, according to recent results published by a team of American researchers. Serious, potentially life-threatening physical health problems are known for their ability to act as triggers […]

New Study Links Marijuana to Schizophrenia

As two states have voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and several others will vote on legalization in upcoming elections, the federal government has been evaluating the information about the potential risks related to marijuana use. On June 5, 2014, members of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) published the results of their evaluation in […]

Nurturing Touch as a Recovery Tool

Humans are hardwired to give and receive touch. As infants, it’s the way we explore the world around us. Even before we can see clearly, our skin — the largest organ in the body — is in contact with our environment. Newborn bodies respond to the temperature in the room, the texture of whatever is […]

Substance Abuse, Psychosis Affect Men and Women Differently

Significant numbers of the people in the U.S. dealing with serious substance-related issues also have symptoms of a highly destabilizing mental state called psychosis. Some affected individuals meet the basic criteria used to identify a substance- and mental health-related condition called dual diagnosis. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Dual […]

ECT Reduces Mortality in Patients with PTSD and Major Depression

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and complex anxiety disorder that can affect anyone who experiences or even witnesses a traumatizing event. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is exactly what it sounds like – more than mild depression, it is long-term depression that interferes with a person’s ability to carry on a normal life. When […]

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 […]

Debt Is Hazardous to Your Mental Health

Have you ever struggled with credit card debt, paying only the minimum each month? Have you gotten to the end of the month only to find your checking account overdrawn and your bills piling up? Do you look at your student loans and see years of payments in your future? If so, you know what […]

Anorexia More Deadly Than Other Mental Health Disorders

Eating disorders affect 24 million Americans. They are serious mental health disorders and are considered to be the deadliest of all mental illnesses. Just how dangerous eating disorders really are has been the subject of a couple of recent studies in the United Kingdom.

Addiction: Behavioral Health Issue, Mental Health Disorder or Something Else?

Decades of scientific research have made clear that addiction is not a moral failing, a character flaw or a sign of weakness, but rather a chronic brain disease. Still, it typically falls under the umbrella of behavioral health. Some suggest that this classification is contributing to the stigma surrounding addiction. Is “behavioral health” a stigmatizing […]