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Spanking, Slapping, Shoving Kids Sets Them Up for Mental Disorders

There was once a time when corporal punishment was so acceptable it was even allowed in schools. Today, spanking, slapping, or otherwise punishing a child in a physical manner is not completely absent, but it is no longer the widely-accepted practice of a few decades ago. Now parents are more likely to try different types …

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Pregnant Mom’s Flu Can Trigger Bipolar Disorder in Offspring

Flu is the common term for seasonal influenza, an infectious disease that occurs when certain species of viruses gain a foothold in the body’s respiratory system. Some forms of seasonal influenza produce only minor threats to human health, while others can produce severe threats or even kill affected individuals. According to the results of a …

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Brian Williams’ Ariel Castro ‘Face of Mental Illness’ Comment Assailed

Ariel Castro imprisoned and raped three women for over a decade. There are many words you can use to describe a person like this — monstrous, terrifying, cruel, brutal and even inhuman — but there are also many words you shouldn’t use. This is a lesson we can only hope NBC anchor Brian Williams has …

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Bipolar Disorder Exacts Twice Depression’s Toll in Workplace

Growing up inside the beltway, Posy never dreamed she’d be anything but a Washington insider. A graduate of the impressive George Washington University, Posy did what any other modern young person did; she took a job that would require her to spend a large portion of her time courting relationships via social media. As a …

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Putting Lives Back Together at The Ranch

Becca Davis, residential manager at The Ranch, is a calm, knowing force in addiction treatment. “We see miracles happen every day,” says Becca, who herself once suffered from addiction. Seeking treatment was among the “scariest” decisions of her life, she said, but it was also one of the best.

‘Hunger Games’ Star Wes Bentley Felt Suffocated by Drugs

Drug addiction and celebrity culture have had a long and tumultuous relationship. Fame comes with a strong sense of freedom, and easy access to illicit substances seems to be part of the package. The story is all too familiar—the star is catapulted into fame and the lifestyle that comes along with it, and then its …

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Decoding Research Claims: How Do We Know What Works?

Whether we’re talking about a new medication or a different psychotherapy technique, at some point you’ll hear the phrase “studies show” that it works. Or you may have read that “research indicates” that a particular intervention (for example, practicing yoga to help improve mood) is effective. Perhaps you’ve wondered about this: what kind of studies? …

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Nebulous Goals Set By Depressed People Fuel Illness

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S. and across large sections of the world. Among its many symptoms, the disorder can trigger a loss of the normal ability to feel motivated or pursue pleasurable or fulfilling activities. According to the results of a new study released in July …

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