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Wearable tech devices to help predict and prevent relapse during recovery from alcohol addiction

Wearable tech devices to help predict and prevent relapse during recovery from alcohol addiction

Relapse is a significant event in the life of someone in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. It is a series of events and activities that can lead one back to the path of substance abuse, and worsen the condition. Dealing with drug withdrawal is a big challenge and an everyday struggle for someone trying …

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Behavioral therapies for PTSD prove effective long after discontinuing treatment, says study

Behavioral therapies for PTSD prove effective long after discontinuing treatment, says study

Experiencing a shocking or traumatic event can have a damaging effect on one’s mental health. Fear of danger during or after any traumatic situation is natural. Though most individuals recover from initial problems naturally, those who continue to experience such feelings are more likely to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Now, a new …

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AAP recommends universal screening of adolescents for depression

Mental health problems are not limited to adults only. Teenagers and adolescents are equally vulnerable to such conditions. With the prevalence of mental health issues increasing across the United States at an unprecedented rate, it has become necessary to focus on the emotional health of children. And depression is one of the most common mental …

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Tips to help teens navigate pain of losing a loved one

The tragic death of 16 players and staff members of Humboldt Broncos, an ice hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada, in a disastrous road accident on April 16, 2018, has left the entire local community heartbroken, especially their teenage friends and classmates. The survivors are finding it difficult to come out of the shock and …

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Creative expression can help recover from mental disorders

Creative expression can help recover from mental disorders

Mental illness can affect anyone at any stage and each person deals with it differently. For some, it can be a lifelong battle, if the disease is undiagnosed or untimely untreated. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to treating mental disorders. Different mental illnesses have different symptoms and even the needs of a …

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Risky driving behavior in teens can be attributed to ADHD and inattention, finds study

Risky driving behavior in teens can be attributed to ADHD and inattention, finds study

Each year, many teenage drivers in the United States succumb to injuries caused by accidents or are admitted to emergency rooms for treatment of wounds sustained during motor vehicle crashes. While reasons for such accidents may be myriad, a group of researchers has suggested that mental health problems like attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct …

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Wisconsin aspiring to be first US state to be completely trauma-informed

Wisconsin aspiring to be first US state to be completely trauma-informed

Unaddressed trauma is a serious public health problem. The long-lasting detrimental impact of trauma on physical and mental health, especially among children, is necessitating the adoption of a trauma-informed approach to care. Wisconsin is leading the effort to become the United States’ first trauma-informed state. On March 13, 2018, Wisconsin Governor Scott K. Walker signed …

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ADHD medication not associated with higher risk of seizures, suggests study

ADHD medication not associated with higher risk of seizures, suggests study

Stimulants are the most commonly used medications in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder whose symptoms manifest early in childhood. Besides other co-occurring disorders, children with ADHD are often diagnosed with epilepsy. Although there are no guidelines on managing children diagnosed with both ADHD and epilepsy, most clinical drug trials …

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In a drug-ravaged town plagued by unexplained youth suicides, football is a savior

In a drug-ravaged town plagued by unexplained youth suicides, football is a savior

To most people, it may seem inconceivable that a picturesque and intimate town, steeped in history and famous for its cultural festivals, is battling a series of devastating circumstances. Madison, a small town of approximately 12,000 people in Indiana, is considered a national treasure for its elite collection of monuments. It is also a town …

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Alzheimer’s drug Donepezil reverses brain damage in adolescent rats exposed to binge drinking, finds study

Alzheimer’s drug Donepezil reverses brain damage in adolescent rats exposed to binge drinking, finds study

Scientific evidence shows that exposure to neurotoxins during adolescence, especially due to alcohol use, causes long-lasting structural and genetic changes in the brain. Much of the research has focused on the hippocampus, a brain region primarily associated with memory and learning. Excessive alcohol use during adolescence can cause lasting impairments to learning, memory and attention. …

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