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Pros and Cons of Using Holistic Treatment for Addiction

In addition to traditional therapies, many addiction treatment facilities are now integrating holistic healing practices into their provision of services. You may be wondering: what does “holistic” mean, exactly? The term is still unfamiliar to many people because the medical profession in the United States has generally avoided recommending holistic treatment methods—until recently. Alternatives to …

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Women

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health concern that can have a debilitating effect on everyday life. OCD can interfere with work, relationships, and personal life and create an unwanted and unhealthy cycle of stress. OCD is experienced by both men and women at about the same rate, although there are some differences in the …

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Major Depressive Disorder in Women

Major depressive disorder is the term doctors use to officially describe one of America’s most common mental health issues: major depression. Research indicates that there’s a higher chance of major depression in women occurring than in men. That’s true, in part, because women have gender-specific risks for a condition called postpartum depression, which sometimes meets …

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Ambien Abuse & Withdrawal

Ambien (otherwise known as zolpidem) is a sleep-inducing drug. It remains one of the most widely prescribed sedatives, despite having a high potential for abuse and withdrawal being especially taxing. Marketed as an insomnia remedy, a sleep aid, and a general sedative, Ambien has maintained a foothold in the pharmaceutical market since the early 90s—and …

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Anger Management: Exploring Impulsive Aggression and Anger Disorders

It’s entirely natural to experience anger. In the same way that your immune system handles disease with unpleasant side effects, anger works in response to unsafe or enraging situations. Many people experience anger as a byproduct of the stressors of daily life, grief over past losses, or frustrations over health issues. They may have occasional …

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Rave Parties: Safety Precautions

Rave parties are known for loud, thumping music, vibrant light shows, and the eccentric costumes they inspire. However, there’s another side to rave parties that can have catastrophic effects on concert-goers: illicit drugs. If you’re planning on attending a rave party, know the lingo, behaviors, and hazards to watch out for. Recovering addicts may not …

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Benzo Withdrawal Timeline

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a type of central nervous system (CNS) depressant. Benzos are frequently abused, given their status as a common prescription drug, and are either hoarded, imported, or otherwise maliciously distributed for reasons other than those prescribed. Normal benzodiazepine intake results in a mild sedative effect, but excess usage can result in much …

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Can You Go to Rehab for Depression?

Many people suffering from major depressive disorder wonder whether or not their condition warrants proper treatment, whether by means of medication or a full rehab program. Rehab is, of course, not just limited to the scope of drug or alcohol addiction recovery. Both inpatient and outpatient rehab treatment can be massively beneficial for those whose …

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Do ADHD Patients Have a Chemical Imbalance?

For decades, the underlying causes of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) have been heavily examined. While a definitive cause remains undetermined, research points to several potential candidates: from exposure to lead to complications in childbirth. One root cause that has received more consideration in recent years is that of a chemical imbalance—namely, of the neurotransmitter dopamine. …

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