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A Guide to Depression Medication

Most people have experienced a time in life when situations or events may have triggered periods of melancholy or an overall sense of feeling down. It’s normal, at one time or another, to feel depression following something sad or distressing that has happened. Usually, these feelings will naturally fade away over a few days or …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Children

Research shows that children of parents with depression and anxiety disorders are up to seven times more likely than others to develop depression and anxiety themselves. But USA Today reported that two new studies suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce the risk of mental health problems in children and teens. In cognitive behavioral therapy, …

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder Relationships

Do You Love Someone With BPD? It’s the “I hate you; don’t leave me” syndrome. Borderline personality disorder relationships are fraught with intensive highs and extreme lows. People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are on a rollercoaster of unpredictable mood shifts, engulfing feelings of insecurity and self-destructive behaviors — and all too often, they take …

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Today’s Opioid Epidemic Mirrors Late 19th Century Morphine Addiction

How does today’s opioid epidemic mirror the late 19th century morphine addiction phenomenon? A country divided by ideology over slavery and the federal government’s role in prohibiting it led to America’s Civil War of 1861-1865 and a devastating loss of 625,000-750,000 lives. Long after rain washed away the blood of thousands of fallen soldiers at …

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Drug Use and Abscesses

How are drug use and abscesses related? Drugs such as heroin, morphine, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and certain prescription drugs are injected intravenously and less often via intramuscular or subcutaneous methods. Injection introduces a drug into the bloodstream via a hollow hypodermic needle and a syringe, which breaks the skin. Injection site abscess is one of …

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Scrupulosity: OCD Misunderstood

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is nothing new, but a misunderstood form of OCD may very well be. For example, some of the millions of people suffering from OCD actually have scrupulosity, a form of OCD that exhibits an excessive concern with sin that goes well beyond the norm for the average individual’s religious beliefs. What …

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Early Signs of Hoarding in Children

Is your child “messy” or is he/she exhibiting early signs of hoarding? It’s not unusual for a parent to walk into their child’s room and find it looks like a bomb went off inside.  The floor is littered with clothing, food wrappers, last night’s homework or permission slips, and the bed seems unable to accommodate …

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Addiction and AIDS: The Role of Substance Abuse in HIV

As you look at addiction and AIDS, the role of substance abuse in HIV may not be clear. However, there are inextricable links between these important factors. How HIV Spreads With Needles HIV lives in body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk) and is most commonly spread through blood. According to the Centers …

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Is Mild Depression a Concern?

Is mild depression a concern? We know that major depressive disorder (MDD), or clinical depression, is a major problem for 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and young adults may be among those most affected. An estimated 3 million 12- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. report they have suffered at …

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