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Month: September 2009

Is There Really a “Cure” for Addiction?

Medicine.net defines cure this way: Cure: 1. to heal, to make well, to restore to good health. Cures are easy to claim and, all too often, difficult to confirm. (emphasis added) Merriam-Webster’s defines it thus: n. recovery or relief from a disease; something (as a drug or treatment) that cures a disease; a period or …

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New Test May Be Able to Quickly Predict Accuracy of Anti-Depressants for Individuals

Treating major depression is not a quick fix—it is a long, slow journey to restoring mental health. Although many antidepressant medications are available, no single biomarker or diagnostic test exists to predict which one is right for an individual. As a result, for more than half of all patients, the first drug prescribed doesn’t work, …

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Buspar Abuse

The trade name for buspirone, Buspar is an anomaly of the anti-anxiety medications as it is not chemically or pharmacologically related to benzodiazepines, barbiturates or sedative drugs. Instead, it activates Serotonin and acts on Dopamine receptors in the brain. Instead, Buspar is part of the azaspirodecanedione class of compounds and is often promoted as non-sedative, …

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Alcohol Abuse May Lead to Overeating and Depression in Women

A new study of young professional women finds that excessive alcohol use can relate to overeating and depression. Researchers surveyed 393 men and 383 women at ages 24, 27, and 30 about their weight, alcohol use, and depression symptoms within the last year. They found that women who had alcohol use disorders at age 24 …

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Functional MRI Predicts Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Soldiers

About 20% of US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are psychologically damaged, according to a Washington Post study. A substantial number of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which carries with it a high rate of suicide. But doctors will now be able to forecast a soldier’s risk of developing PTSD, with the …

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New Study Explores Postpartum Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

When a new mother suffers from postpartum depression, she may experience thoughts of committing suicide. A new two-year study found that for women contemplating taking their own lives, the mother-infant relationship and development was a negative experience, accompanied by mood disturbances, low maternal self-esteem, negative perceptions of their effectiveness as parents, and noticeably less responsiveness …

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Brain Defect Could Predict Onset of Schizophrenia

In the first functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of its kind, neurologists and psychiatrists at Columbia University have identified an area of the brain involved in the earliest stages of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. Activity in this specific region of the hippocampus may help predict the onset of the disease, offering opportunities for …

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Mental Disorders Beyond Depression Can Lead to Suicide

Suicidal behavior is something doctors and loved ones often look for in depressive individuals, although new research shows this awareness needs to extend to additional mental disorders. With a summary posted in Science Daily, this research suggests there is a wide range of mental disorders that can increase the odds of thinking about suicide and …

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African Americans Less Likely to Seek Help for Mental Issues

Mental health issues can be a growing problem when help isn’t sought for the suffering individual. The Surgeon General has reported this is a growing problem among African Americans as only one third of this population seeks proper treatment. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, African Americans are more likely to experience social …

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