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15
Nov

How Does Stress Influence Addiction?

How Does Stress Influence Addiction? Most people experience stress on some level and many experience it daily. It seems to be a part of our lives with jobs, families, and responsibilities that need to be taken care of. Sometimes there just does not seem to be enough hours in the day. One issue with stress...
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13
Nov

Can Psychotic Disorder Be Induced by Substance Use?

Psychosis refers to a break from reality. Drug-induced psychosis describes any episode of psychosis which is related to the abuse of a substance and can occur if a person takes too much of a certain drug or drinks too much alcohol. Substance-induced psychosis can also occur either if certain drugs are mixed together or with...
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21
Apr

Addiction Treatment’s Debt to Science

The western world has undergone dramatic, revolutionary changes regarding drugs and addiction—specifically by way of placing greater emphasis on treating addiction rather than imprisoning those whose only real crime was developing this debilitating mental health disorder. In the United States, we have seen the damage done by draconian drug policies that disproportionately affect the lives...
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19
Apr

Factoring PTSD Into Discharge Decisions

Some months ago, we covered a topic that many readers may have found disturbing. It dealt with the military and what is known as “bad paper.” That is, being discharged from the military under less than favorable circumstances, or dishonorable discharge. At the time, upwards of 10 percent of post-9/11 veterans were found to have...
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07
Apr

Depression: A Problem Worldwide

“Depression can be treated,” says the World Health Organization (WHO). “The first step is talking.” A message that the organization hopes will reach some 300 million people around the world battling this serious mental health disorder. On World Health Day (April 7, 2017) the goal this year is to encourage people to talk about depression,...
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10
Mar

IED Increases Risk of Addiction

In the wake of two Mideast wars, many Americans added a new acronym to their lexicon IED, which stands for improvised explosive device. Essentially, homemade bombs constructed in unconventional ways, typically hidden in debris along roadways to inflict unsuspected carnage. Many American servicemen and women have been maimed or lost their lives as a result...
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29
Dec

The “Dark Side” of Bipolar Disorder

“I haven’t lost my mind, it lost me.” The sobering words of late sci-fi fantasy icon Carrie Fisher, better known around the world as Princess Leia, are chilling to say the least. While Fisher is best known for her cinnamon bun hairdos and brandishing laser blasters, she was also an advocate for mental health and...
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16
Dec

Untreated Depression Among Commercial Pilots

Millions of Americans struggle with clinical depression, a mental health disorder that can impact the course of one’s life—especially if it is left untreated. There are an estimated 16 million American adults (roughly 7% of the population) living with symptoms of depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). While there are effective...
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14
Dec

Concerns About Increased Use of Benzodiazepines

Mental illness impacts millions of Americans’ lives, especially those who do not receive any form of treatment. While efforts to improve access to mental health services throughout the country have been strong in recent years, the clear majority of affected Americans do not find the help they need. Experts overwhelmingly agree that those whose mental...
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09
Dec

Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

Last week, the U.S. Congress approved the 21st Century Cures Act, which, among other things, aims to tackle the American opioid epidemic. The bill calls for $1 billion in funding for expanding access to addiction treatment centers across the country and strengthening existing mental health parity laws. While there are several critics of the Cures...
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