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How mental health consequences differ among military men and women

National statistics collecting mental health information from military men and women conclude that veterans are at a high risk of developing mental health problems. Although few studies have examined the gender differences in the mental health consequences affecting veterans, the unique experiences of men and women in the military need to be better understood to […]

Beyond the Super Bowl myth:The real dangers of domestic abuse
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Finding patterns in domestic abuse can hold clues to combating this rampant societal scourge. In 1993, Sheila Kuehl, currently a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in California, held a press conference to declare Super Bowl Sunday as an especially dangerous time for female victims of domestic violence. Despite the attention to […]

The silent stigma of female infertility
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Having children is a potential blessing out of reach for a growing number of people in recent years, according to data collected by Rebecca A. Clay and published in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology. The author explained that this was due to some women waiting until the age of 35 or later to […]

Addiction in pregnancy: Myths, facts and steps to recovery
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Twenty-three-year-old Ashley thought her hangovers were worse than usual lately, as she did not realize she was pregnant at first. When she finally tested herself, she was eight weeks along. She vowed she would stop drinking and using for her baby, but she could not. Every time she tried to stop, she started feeling like […]

Child custody while dealing with substance abuse
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A 2009 report from the Institute of Education Sciences stated that parental substance abuse was a factor in 25 percent of child maltreatment investigations. This kind of abuse was also featured in 50 to 79 percent of child welfare cases, where a child was removed from a parent’s custody and handed over to foster care. […]

Common psychological causes of eating disorders

Understanding the risk factors for patients with eating disorder is essential for a lasting recovery. Studies have shown that anorexia is most often caused by excessive perfectionism, while bulimia is commonly linked to trauma from sexual abuse. Recognizing the underlying psychological factors in each eating disorder helps create a more effective treatment. Stephen Arthur Wonderlich, […]

How psychiatric medications interact with female hormones

Women are prescribed psychiatric medications far more often than men. Historically, women of childbearing age were excluded from pharmaceutical research studies, so little was known about their safety, effectiveness, and effects on the female body. Only since 1993 have studies been conducted to determine how drugs are processed in women. Not surprisingly, psychiatric medications do […]

I don’t: How marital difficulties can lead to depression

Successful marriages are strongly associated with health, happiness and longevity. All marriages have their share of difficulties that can be overcome when couples work on them together. In fact, overcoming difficulties fosters resilience in relationships and strengthens the bond between partners. Sometimes, marital difficulties persist over time and lead to depression in one or both […]

The burden of the lost partner and its mental ramifications
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“Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she slept a good night’s sleep, and will be able to eat breakfast, and doesn’t hear her husband’s ghost all the time, but only some of the time.” – Jonathan Safran Foer Losing a significant other is a tragedy few […]

The importance of emotional hygiene

Emotional hygiene is the practice of sustaining mental health in the face of emotional wear and tear. It is a vital component of mental health self-care, yet all too often it gets ignored. Without it, certain mental illnesses, such as depression or drug addiction, can set in and make life much more difficult. A neglected […]

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