Month: April 2016

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

You’d swear your son was born under the sun: at the least he could be a tanning model, at most, a true heliophile. But those sloughed off sunburns of childhood can fatally brand a person’s future if repeatedly unchecked. This May is dedicated to awareness of skin cancer. Although your young man may be too …

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Cannabis use disorder is on the rise, and few are receiving treatment

The fundamental differences between marijuana use disorder and its use for medicinal, recreational or experimental reasons are: Spending a disproportionate amount of time obtaining or recovering from the substance Forgoing normal activities in lieu of substance use Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as restlessness, disturbed sleep, anxiety, irritability, depression, gastrointestinal issues and decreased appetite It’s a …

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Mental illness and substance abuse in the child welfare system

Most statistics or studies dealing with children in the child welfare system (CWS) deal with placement, whether it be in a congregate setting (such as a group home), placement with a relative, or adoption. A study published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry took a different tack. This study tracked the behavioral health patterns of …

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Mental and physical training for depression treatment

The blues are one thing – depressive disorders are something else. With symptoms that last for more than two weeks, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance reports that 14.8 million Americans are affected by major depressive disorder. It’s a condition that often co-occurs with other diseases such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes. And although …

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Understanding and erasing the stigma of mental illness

People’s views, attitudes and beliefs play a role in how they interact with and help support people who have a mental illness. These attitudes and beliefs are often influenced by personal knowledge, cultural stereotypes and media stories about those who have mental illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The negative …

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Online gaming brings socialization with potential problems

“Video games are a waste of time.” Maybe you said that to someone, or someone said it to you. Playing video games is a pointless, silly activity which takes time away from valuable, more fulfilling things. Why would anyone waste their time moving pixels – or polygons – around a monitor? For one thing, the jury’s …

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Dual in the son: Can dual diagnosis be inherited?

Substance abuse can be inherited. Mental illness can be inherited. But can both? According to various sources, the answer is yes. The caveat: the heredity line from parent to child is not always discernible. Shared risk factors On its Drug Facts website, the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes an individual with a substance abuse …

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That Sucks Day: The mental health benefit of pranks

April 15 is National That Sucks Day. To anyone who pays taxes, this day resonates. Historically, April 15 has not been kind. John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln on this day in 1865. The Titanic went under on April 15, 1912. Even T.S. Eliot described April as the cruelest month, but it’s doubtful the poet …

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U.K. teens are severely stressed, study finds

Very few people would say their teen years were stress-free. It’s a chaotic time of changing social structures, responsibilities and bodies. That stew of strong emotions, new surroundings and personal changes makes for a period in life most people are relieved to be done with. For some teens, stress can cause them to find outlets …

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