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Month: May 2010

Women Have Special Needs in Substance Abuse Treatment

Gender differences come into play when it comes to treatment for substance abuse. Just as each patient’s needs are unique, and a treatment program must be tailored to address those particular needs, attention also must be paid to the special needs of women. What works for men in treatment doesn’t always work the same way …

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Video Game Addiction Growing in England

London’s The Evening Post reported that an increasing number of young people in England are seeking treatment for addiction to video games. Young addicts are skipping meals, stealing money from their parents to buy games, and ditching school—all in the name of playing video games. An expert warned that for some teens, playing games for …

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Severity of Binge Eating Disorder Linked to Childhood Abuse

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder that involves eating large quantities of food repeatedly and uncontrollably for at least several months. About four million Americans suffer from BED, and it is twice as common among women. Researchers didn’t know  much about the underlying causes of BED until a recent study found …

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Dads Suffer from Postpartum Depression, Too

About 10 percent of fathers experience prenatal or postpartum depression, with rates being highest in the 3 to 6 month postpartum period, according to an analysis of previous research appearing in the May 19 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on mental health. James F. Paulson, Ph.D., of the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Va., …

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Study Examines Unhealthy Behaviors in Response to Stress

When people are under chronic stress, they tend to smoke, drink, use drugs and overeat to help cope with stress. These behaviors trigger a biological cascade that helps prevent depression, but they also contribute to a host of physical problems that eventually contribute to early death. That is the claim of University of Michigan social …

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