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Exercise May Reverse Brain Damage in Heavy Drinkers, Study Finds

Recent research findings are showing promising results for people who have damaged their brains by drinking too much. The research was inspired by other studies that found aerobic exercise could have a positive impact on the brains of people as they age. Some of the damage caused by drinking is similar to the damage that …

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The Voices In Your Head

Strident, screeching chatter. Prodding, coaxing, cajoling that never abates. Voices so loud and imposing you can’t sleep. Anorexics, bulimics, and food addicts of all stripes know the sound. We all have “the voice in our head,” our inner voice that directs and guides us. We all hear the playback of voices from our past. But …

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Fish Oil as a Potential Treatment for Mental Illness

Fish oil is the common name used for a liquid derived from the bodies of several different coldwater ocean fish species, including tuna, salmon, bluefish, mackerel, and sturgeon. This oil contains substances called omega-3 fatty acids, which the body needs to support certain essential aspects of everyday health. According to the results of a number …

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Enlisting a Community of Care

This article is written for people who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or who believe themselves to have many of the traits of this personality disorder, but it may be helpful to anyone who is a family member, partner, or friend of someone with BPD. By now, you are familiar with the …

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Synthetic Drugs Smiles, Spice Rapidly Emerging Threats

If you want to eliminate dangerous drugs from society, you need to know what they are. This seems like a pretty basic tenet, and one that the many arms of the ‘war on drugs’ would have cracked long ago. Unfortunately, new variations of synthetic drugs are regularly entering the market, and these drugs often fly …

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Physician Impairment Focus of JAMA Article Co-Authored by Director of Professionals Treatment at Promises

Greg Skipper, MD, the Director of Professional Health Services at Promises Treatment Centers, co-authored an article on physician impairment that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 2, 2013 – Greg Skipper, MD, the Director of Professional Health Services at Promises Treatment Centers, co-authored an article on …

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Family Rules: Don’t Talk, Don’t Feel, Don’t Trust

As an addict’s use spins out of control, what happens to the rest of the family? In families where one or both parents develop an addiction, certain “rules” about how to behave and how to survive develop alongside the addiction. In addition to these rules, family members take on roles that shore up the rules …

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Is Nicotine a ‘Gateway Drug’ for Cocaine?

Despite the differences in their legal status, both nicotine and cocaine are known for their ability to cause physical dependence and addiction. The path to dependence and addiction typically begins when use of a given substance makes changes in the way the brain produces or breaks down dopamine, a naturally occurring chemical that plays several …

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New Electric Current Brain Stimulation Alleviates Depression

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a brain-stimulating technique that uses very low levels of electrical current to change the amount of activity taking place in the brain’s main nerve cells, called neurons. This technique differs from another similarly named form of brain stimulation called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Current evidence indicates that tDCS can …

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