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Childhood Eating Disorders a Growing Menace

Sadie was like most 10 year old girls—she liked swimming and soccer, horses and rainbows, and catching fireflies in the summertime. As a fourth-grade student, she was especially concerned about spelling bees and cared very much about keeping her straight-A record. She’d gotten a C once on a social studies test and her parents would …

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Factors That Influence Teen Gender Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is the mental health term for a disruptive inner conflict between one’s physical/biological gender and one’s personal identification as male or female. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) began using this term in 2013 when it released the newest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In a study published in …

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Antipsychotic Medications Increase Diabetes Risk

Antipsychotic medications are a diverse assortment of medications designed to treat psychosis, the collective term for a number of symptoms found in people with schizophrenia and several other mental disorders. Doctors generally divide antipsychotics into two groups: older medications called typical antipsychotics and newer medications called atypical antipsychotics. Recent findings indicate that people who take …

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Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Rett Syndrome

Autism spectrum disorder  (ASD) is the collective term used for diagnosing a range of autism-related conditions centered on communication deficits, impaired social interaction skills and the presence of certain ritualized or repeated behaviors. One especially severe form of ASD, called Rett’s disorder or Rett syndrome, is a genetic condition that profoundly alters the course of …

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A New Wrinkle on Old Research

Damaging  ‘Old Talk’ Is Pervasive Among Middle-Age Women, Researchers Find The vast majority of eating disorders appear in girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26. However, doctors and researchers are beginning to understand that significant numbers of older women also cope with these disorders on a regular basis. In a study published …

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Tips for Living With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (often referred to as simply OCD) is a complex and challenging mental health condition that impacts millions of people. Symptoms that typically begin in childhood or adolescence will often plague an individual throughout his or her lifetime, especially if the disorder is never treated. Even with proper treatment, the nagging symptoms of OCD …

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New Information on Sports-Related Brain Injuries in Teens and Adults

Teens and adults who participate in contact sports have substantially heightened chances of experiencing concussions and other forms of significant brain injury. In some individuals, brain injury leads to the onset of a progressively worsening form of brain degradation called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). In a study published in August 2013 in the journal Neurology, …

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