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Should Your ADHD Child Eat More Omega-3s?

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggle on a daily basis to focus, to get things done, and to behave appropriately. If you are the parent of a child with this disorder, you know the challenges it presents. Medicating ADHD kids has long been the prevalent treatment choice, but there have also been plenty of …

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An Interview with Jay Plotkin, Admissions Director

When people prepare for their first day of drug or alcohol rehab, they are usually filled with uncertainty. “What should I bring?” “What will the process be like?” Admissions Director Jay Plotkin answers all of these questions but reassures clients, “All you need is a suitcase of willingness and you’ll be just fine. Give us …

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Extreme Night Owl Teens May Have Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is a condition characterized by a change in sleeping patterns that delays a person’s habitual sleeping sessions by two or more hours a night. The condition forms one specific subtype of a group of officially recognized mental health disorders called circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Teenagers develop DSPS more often than …

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My Name Is Julie and I Am a Sex Addict

Somehow I had pictured the musky smell of a downtown church’s basement or metal folding chairs lined across the free throw line in a YMCA gym, but the meeting was held in a corporate conference room around a giant rectangular table so that everyone faced each other. There was an elaborate rhombus-shaped speakerphone plugged through …

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Study Reveals Why Some Schizophrenics Lack Motivation

When most people think of schizophrenia, they probably focus on the psychotic symptoms classically associated with the disorder. However, psychosis represents just one aspect of schizophrenia’s impact, and people affected by the illness also commonly experience a range of problems collectively known as “negative” symptoms. A new study, published in July 2013 in the journal …

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Excessive Drinking Costs Each American $746

Heavy drinkers cost the U.S. economy about $746 per person for a total of $223.5 billion in 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That cost includes healthcare bills, loss of productivity at work, property damage and court fees. The CDC study calls alcohol’s economic toll “substantial” and “striking,” but also “largely …

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