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Month: May 2015

Here’s Why Cocaine Addicts Often Gain Weight After Treatment

People in treatment for cocaine addiction gain weight because the drug triggers a lasting preference for fatty foods, according to recent findings from a team of British researchers. Weight gain is a common complication of treatment for cocaine addiction, and people who react negatively to their increasing body weight have increased chances of relapsing back …

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Inhaling of Compressed Air Causing More Deaths in Washington State

Small but significant numbers of people will die after consuming one of the makeshift drugs known as inhalants, according to recent findings from a group of American researchers. Inhalants are a broad range of household and industrial substances capable of producing mind-altering effects. In a study published in January 2015 in The American Journal of …

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Early Life Attachment Problems Linked to Borderline Personality Disorder

A team of Spanish and American researchers has concluded that childhood attachment- and trauma-related issues form a substantial portion of the risk for developing borderline personality disorder. People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) commonly have significant problems maintaining stable relationships and/or maintaining effective control over shifts in mood. In a study review published in late …

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Mindfulness Is Everywhere

There are many types of mindfulness practice. Some are meditative and draw on traditional practices such as transcendental meditation, Zen Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation, and the walking meditation popularized by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Some types of mindfulness practices are task-oriented and rooted in daily life. Mindfulness teachers urge their students to instill …

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Taking Inventory of the Relationships in Your Life

You may be familiar with a Boy Scout rule that encourages cleaning up after yourself: “Leave the campground better than you found it.” This isn’t always easy in practice, especially for those whose behaviors in the throes of addiction left chaos and damage in their wake. To begin anew, taking inventory can be an enlightening …

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Why Are Some People More Resilient After Psychological Trauma?

Approximately 10 percent of people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a severe trauma, while others go on to experience varying levels of emotional stress. Around one-third of those who develop PTSD will have symptoms for the rest of their lifetimes, while others are able to recover fully from a severely traumatic event …

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Why We Hurt Ourselves and Others — and How to Stop

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies. Even worse, we aren’t always willing to acknowledge the damage we cause to our own well-being. For example, imagine a man whose upbringing was overshadowed by a parent’s alcoholism. He determined he wouldn’t fall into the same addictive patterns, yet he thinks nothing of drinking daily as an adult. …

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