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Brain Shrinkage Seen in Women With Late-Stage Bipolar Disorder

Recent findings from a team of American researchers point toward a telltale shrinkage in brain size in women who have late-stage bipolar I disorder. Current evidence indicates that the effects of various bipolar illnesses can grow substantially worse over time, and researchers note clear differences between early-stage cases of these illnesses and late-stage cases. In …

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What to Do While Your Spouse Is in Rehab

While your spouse is in rehab for addiction, you may feel helpless and lost, unsure of what to do to help him or yourself. Instead of stewing in sorrow, self-pity or guilt, take action and take steps to heal and to be prepared for his return after rehab. Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict. It …

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The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery

The mindfulness movement has its roots in Eastern philosophies and meditation techniques such as those found in Tibetan Buddhism, Indian yoga and Chinese Taoism. The common thread connecting these philosophies is the idea of slowing down, focusing on the breath, the present moment, and directing one’s attention to the immediate experience of life. The goal …

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Marijuana Can Cause Hay Fever, Other Allergic Reactions

New review findings from a team of American scientists indicate that people who use marijuana and other forms of cannabis have commonly overlooked risks for developing mild, moderate or severe allergic reactions to the addictive, plant-based drug. Marijuana use comes with a range of potential harms that contradict the drug’s widely accepted reputation as a …

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Introvert, Shy, Socially Anxious: What’s the Difference?

Not long ago, the introvert was commonly viewed as the sad, lesser flipside of the extrovert. We now know better, recognizing introverts as having unique gifts that enrich not only themselves but society as well. Still, confusion reigns as to what it means to be an introvert, especially because the term is so often used …

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