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Is Soda Making Your Child Violent?

Childhood aggression is, to some extent, normal. Kids are still learning how to deal with their emotions, how to interact properly with others and how to use self-control. While they are learning, they might occasionally lash out or respond to people and to their own feelings with aggression or even minor acts of violence, like …

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Live Sober, Live Happy!

“We aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 132) Ten steps for making your sober life more fun and rewarding than the drinking days:  Dive in head first. You can choose to stay aloof, sit …

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Teens With Cannabis Use Disorder Lose Brain Function

Cannabis use disorder is a new mental health term used to identify people seriously affected by issues related to cannabis (marijuana or hashish) abuse or addiction. It belongs to a range of abuse- and addiction-related problems called substance use disorders. According to the results of a study published in November 2013 in the journal Drug …

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Depression Raises Risk for Parkinson’s Disease

Clinical depression is an alternate term for major depression, a serious mental health concern that affects relatively large segments of the U.S. population. This ailment is known for its potential to increase the risks for the onset of other dangerous health problems. In a study published in October 2013 in the journal Neurology, a team …

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Sports Supplement ‘Craze’ Contains Meth-Like Drug

Methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant drug derived from another powerful stimulant called amphetamine. Like amphetamine, it has legitimate medical uses, but is also frequently produced and used illegally, and presents clear risks for abuse and addiction. According to the results of a study published in October 2013 in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis, a …

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Behavioral Addictions Can Ruin Lives, Too

Behavioral addictions, also called process addictions, are often no taken seriously. Many professionals in the addiction community do not consider them to be proper addictions. These are things like compulsive eating, gambling addiction, Internet addiction and compulsive shopping. In other words, a behavioral addiction is anything that is not a chemical dependency—an addiction to drugs …

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