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The Addictive Risks of Emotional Shopping

With the winter weather bringing nothing but cold temperatures, gray skies and more and more snow, the appeal of the brightly lit and fully stocked mall may be great. Buying that new purse or that pair of shoes that will be perfect for showing off your first pedicure of spring probably makes you feel better …

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Economic Downturn Linked to Increased Alcohol Consumption

Substance abuse is rooted in both biological and environmental causes. While genetics play a clear role, not everyone with a specific genetic makeup will develop a dependence. Likewise, not everyone with another risk factor, such as a romantic partner that drinks heavily, will also develop an alcohol-related problem. Often a combination of both a genetic …

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Study Underscores Similarities Between Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are two mental health conditions known for the disruptive, dysfunctional changes they can make in everyday human behavior. Mental health professionals view these two conditions as distinct from one another, and the American Psychiatric Association officially places them in separate categories of mental illness. However, according to the authors of a …

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Pulses of Light Make Rodents Stop Drinking

Researchers have clearly established that a chemical dependence on alcohol occurs when repeated alcohol use changes the brain’s chemical requirements. However, they have never fully understood how alcohol exposure produces its characteristic alcoholism-related effects. In a study published in late 2013 in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Science, researchers from several U.S. institutions explored the …

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Confessions of an Eating-Disordered Brain

A personal story about disordered eating and body dysmorphia that tells the details of these dangerous illnesses and how difficult it can be to overcome them. I was 15. A group of dancers had gathered together to celebrate a monumental performance. There were pizzas, chips, cupcakes, soda—not diet. We were lithe and limber, light as …

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Heavy Alcohol, Drug Use Shortening Lives of Mentally Ill

Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Southern California recently undertook the largest-ever survey of drug, alcohol and tobacco use among people with severe mental illnesses. They found that people with significant psychiatric problems are far more likely to use alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs. The survey, published recently in the online journal …

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Will Rebellious Teens Become Antisocial Adults?

It’s difficult to tell if a rebellious teen’s behavior is something she’ll grow out of. A new study provides evidence that teens with certain behaviors can go on to develop antisocial traits in adulthood. In most cases, adolescent rebellion is outgrown and teens will exhibit concern for others’ feelings, feel remorse for a wrong and …

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ADHD Medication Saves Lives on the Road, Study Finds

A new study of 17,000 Swedish residents with ADHD found a startlingly lower serious accident rate when male drivers were on their medication versus when they were not. The study found there was no such connection for female drivers. A UCLA researcher who studies attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder noted Friday that the findings, while important, can’t yet …

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ABC News Talks With Promises’ Dr. Greg Skipper About ‘Functioning’ Heroin Addicts

[YT video=”w0NCRDa6QH0″ title=”ABC News Talks With Promises’ Dr. Greg Skipper About ‘Functioning’ Heroin Addicts”] ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” recently spoke with Promises Treatment Centers’ director of Professionals Health Services Dr. Greg Skipper about the growing use of heroin in the U.S. Nearly 670,000 Americans use heroin, according to a report by the Substance …

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Promises’ Dr. Skipper Discusses Heroin Overdose Epidemic With KNX Radio

Dr. Greg Skipper of Promises Treatment Centers this week told Jim Thornton and Diane Thompson of KNX Radio that the incredible potency of the heroin found on the streets today can be a fatal threat to anyone addicted to opiates. Dr. Skipper, a fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and Director of Professionals …

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