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Racism Takes a Toll on a Child’s Mental Health, Study Finds

In order to determine the effects of racism and prejudice on the psychological health and welfare of children and adolescents, a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia reviewed 461 case studies that explored potential links between racially-motivated discrimination and mental health difficulties in young people. Most of the kids whose experiences …

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Psychotropic Medications Often Prescribed Without a Diagnosis

A new study published in the online journal Psychiatric Services suggests that more than half of the people who receive prescriptions for psychotropic medications have not received a formal diagnosis of a mental illness. The study examined the MarketScan claims of more than 5 million patients, and found that 58.2 percent of patients on at …

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Homeless Veteran’s Makeover Leaves Addiction Intact

Fifteen million people have watched the video makeover of Jim Wolf, from scruffy homeless veteran to well-groomed man in a suit. In 2 minutes and 50 seconds, a time-lapse transformation emerges of a fashionably bearded man ready for work. Wolf felt grateful, his sister said, for the global attention that drew atta-boys and job offers; …

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How to Teach Your Kids About Pornography

Porn addiction is a legitimate threat to kids and teens in an age of increasing access to high-speed Internet and personal Internet browsing devices such as iPads and smartphones. The effects of hardcore, high-speed Internet pornography on the brains of young viewers are grave, setting them up for porn addiction and skewed views of women …

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The Role of Spirituality in 12-Step Recovery

Spirituality is the general term for a worldview that places an emphasis on interconnection and the presence of larger forces beyond the realm of the individual human being. This worldview differs from a strictly religious orientation, which seeks to describe reality in terms of a specific set of organized beliefs. In a study published in …

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Number of Painkiller-Addicted Newborns Soars

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville is busy this year. Every day, there are more than a dozen babies born who are hooked on painkillers and other drugs. It’s an alarming trend that has health officials worried. They’re calling it an “epidemic” that could become commonplace across …

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Kids With Stomach Aches May Face Anxiety, Depression as Adults

Stomach pain is not uncommon in childhood. Sometimes it is a result of an infection like the stomach flu. It may be from an allergy, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, or other conditions. Sometimes, though, abdominal pain never has an explanation or an obvious cause. New research suggests that this type of unexplained tummy ache in …

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