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Prescription opioid abuse in pregnancy puts babies at risk
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Prescription painkillers, known as narcotics or opioids, have been on the rise for many years, but their rise in one population is much more troublesome than others — the pregnant population. Clinicians have seen a rise in opioid use among pregnant women in the U.S., and this is not only harmful to the female patients […]

Pharmacogenetic testing for bipolar disorder
Posted in Medicine, Mental Health, Treatment - 0 Comments

A diagnosis of bipolar disorder should not and does not come lightly. It means social stigma, years of lithium, continuous mood swings and the uncertainty of whether pharmacologic therapy will work. Lithium is the tried-and-true tested drug of choice and has been used since the 1970s for bipolar disorder. Lithium has shown to decrease acute […]

Substance abuse, depression defy rising longevity rates
Posted in Depression, Mental Health, Substance Abuse - 0 Comments

People are living longer than ever before, particularly in developed, wealthy nations like the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the average American can expect to live for 78.8 years, a record amount. This is as it should be: The U.S. is one of the wealthiest, safest and most stable […]

Do birth control pills help or hinder female mental health?
Posted in emotional awareness, Medicine, Mental Health - 0 Comments

For many years, controversy has surrounded birth control pills and whether they affect female mental health. The answer is: We just don’t know, because there has not been adequate research that links the specific mechanisms of birth control pill hormones to how they act on the brain. Many women admit that they experience severe mood […]

Treatment-resistant depression may be linked to inflammation
Posted in Depression rehab, Mental Health, Research - 0 Comments

Scientists currently suspect that treatment resistant depression — or depression that does not readily respond to antidepressants or other traditional measures — is actually the result of inflammation in the brain. This past November, researchers at Emory University in Atlanta and Shenzhen University in China found further evidence for this claim. The study was published […]

Breaking free from guilt after relinquishing child for adoption
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It might be easy to advise women not to feel guilty after relinquishing a child for adoption. No one person is responsible for an unplanned pregnancy or the social situation surrounding it. Under very difficult circumstances, relinquishing mothers demonstrate incredible love and respect for their babies by their selfless actions. They give their babies life […]

The thyroid’s link to mental health
Posted in emotional awareness, Health, Mental Health - 0 Comments

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ that lies in the anterior neck region. It is primarily responsible for the body’s metabolism as it secrets a number of hormones collectively termed thyroid hormones, but more specifically thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), each making up 80 percent and 20 percent of the total thyroid hormones respectively. These […]

From mother to daughter: A history of depression
Posted in Depression rehab, Mental Health, Treatment - 0 Comments

Depression affects more than 19 million American adults. While it can result from traumatic life experiences, some instances of depression develop without a life trigger. Modern medical science does not fully understand why some people get depression and others do not. However, a recent study shows that mothers with depression are more likely to pass […]

Low blood sugar linked to intimate partner violence
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As children, we have been told to stay away from sugar. Donuts, candy, cookies and other sweets can make us gain weight, develop cavities and increase our risk for diabetes. The average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar per year. Sugar is not just in typical junk food, but is also hiding in other […]

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