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Month: October 2013

Do Cocaine Addicts Ever Fully Recover?

Cocaine is a plant-derived illegal stimulant known for its ability to produce addiction by altering the brain’s pleasure-producing chemical environment. Treatment specialists can potentially offset the effects of cocaine addiction with the help of various forms of psychotherapy and participation in mutual assistance groups. In a study published in October 2013 in the journal Biological …

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Carl Hart: Rats Given Sweets, Playmates CAN Turn Backs on Cocaine

Research conducted by a Columbia University psychologist is turning stereotypes about drug addicts on their heads. Carl Hart, an associate professor of psychology, has been researching drug addiction for years with the hopes of learning the truths about drugs, drug abuse and addiction. His ideas about addicts, backed by research, have been published in a …

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For Insomnia, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy As Effective as Medication

Insomnia is a condition characterized by problems such as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and (in most cases) unrestful sleep that fails to sufficiently refresh the body and mind. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) classifies insomnia as an independent mental health issue in a category known as sleep-wake disorders, and it also appears as …

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Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder – A New Mental Health Diagnosis

Female sexual interest/arousal disorder is a mental health condition first defined in May 2013 in the new fifth edition of the reference guide called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM. It replaces two other conditions, called female hypoactive sexual desire disorder and female sexual arousal disorder, listed in the now obsolete …

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Warning Signs Your Teen May Be Bulimic

You’ve already sensed that something is not right with your teenager. Maybe she’s become touchy or defensive about her eating habits. Perhaps he’s starting to develop an obsession with maintaining his weight for the wrestling team. Parenting is always hard; however, it can be even tougher when you sense a problem, like an eating disorder, …

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Five Signs That You’re Addicted to Shopping

The source may not be entirely scientific, but a recent survey of Americans shows that we may be succumbing to addictive behaviors when it comes to shopping. A shopping addiction, sometimes called compulsive shopping, is not quite the same as a chemical addiction to a drug or alcohol, but the results can still be devastating. …

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Underneath the Narcissism: Shame Is Ugly Face Behind the Mask

Although Eric and Christine had been married 12 years, their lives never felt settled or comfortable. Eric could be incredibly charming and was a man of fantastic charisma; indeed these traits were the very things that had originally attracted Christine and swept her off her feet. But behind closed doors, he could be an entirely …

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