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Addiction, Autism Treatments Called Torture

A recent report from the United Nations (U.N.) states that many so-called treatments for addiction and for autism are not only unhelpful, but are akin to torture. These treatments are found in practice throughout the world, including the United States. The report was completed by the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, for the …

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Depression Can Be Contagious, Study Finds

Humans share everything from food to love to sickness. But recent studies show that mental issues can also be a shared experience. College roommates typically live in a microcosm that includes tight living environments. Campus dorms don’t leave much wiggle room and roommates get to know each other extremely well. But for some co-eds dealing …

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Yaba: The Coming of the ‘Crazy Medicine’

During World War II, Nazi doctors involved in research for the military developed a new drug that contained a wickedly potent and potentially lethal brew of intoxicating chemicals. Heavily laced with caffeine and methamphetamines, this highly addictive mix of dangerous stimulants was given to German soldiers to boost their energy and keep them awake and …

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Effective Treatment for Depressive Personality Traits

Depressive personality disorder (DPD) is an unofficial mental health condition characterized by the presence of several different symptoms that leave affected individuals in chronically depressed or melancholy moods. Despite the unofficial status of the disorder, current evidence indicates that depressive personality traits can seriously diminish a person’s sense of well-being, especially when these traits appear …

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Up to One in Five Children Has a Mental Disorder, CDC Says

About 20 percent of the children in the United States suffers from a mental health disorder, according to a new report by the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the first report to describe the number  of youths  aged 3–17 years who have specific mental disorders, including ADHD, disruptive behavioral disorders such …

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Gene Therapy for Cocaine Addiction and Cocaine Overdose

Gene therapy is the general term that doctors and scientists use to describe any medical technique that relies on purposeful manipulation of units of DNA inside individual cells, called genes, in order to treat, cure or prevent an illness. Depending on individual circumstances, use of this type of therapy can involve deactivating or switching out …

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Recovering From Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)

Eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) is a term used by the American Psychiatric Association to describe dangerous or medically counterproductive eating behaviors that don’t match the official definitions established for the disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Over 50 percent of all Americans with an eating disorder have some form of EDNOS, and the …

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Robert Weiss Named One of L.A.’s Most Fascinating People by LA Weekly

Robert Weiss, senior vice president of clinical development with Promises Behavioral Health and director of the Sexual Recovery Institute, talks about his own recovery from sexual addiction and the founding of his treatment center in L.A. Weekly’s People 2013 issue. In the magazine’s annual roundup of what it calls “the city’s most fascinating people,” Weiss …

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Effects of Cocaine Use on HIV Progression

Substance abuse is quite common among people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV. In many cases, cocaine is the preferred substance of abuse for HIV-positive people. Current evidence indicates that use of cocaine can harm the health of HIV-positive individuals in a variety of ways, including increasing the amount of the …

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