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Effective ways to combat negative body image

effective-ways-to-combat-negative-body-image Body dissatisfaction, a predominant problem among women, is associated with a range of psychosocial difficulties and disorders like body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), eating disorders and severe depression. The problem of body dissatisfaction varies from the mild feeling of unattractiveness to extreme preoccupation with one’s physical appearance that impairs functioning and social behavior in daily life. Compared to males, women and adolescent girls are more conscious about their body due to the social status attached to their appearance. They consider their body size, much like their weight, as a decisive element of their personality. Due to their obsession for becoming slender…

Decriminalization of marijuana associated with fall in crime rates, says study

Decriminalization of marijuana associated with fall in crime rates, says study A new research reveals some unprecedented aftereffects of pot legalization. According to the study, “Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime,” the incorporation of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) has been responsible for a sharp decline (13 percent on average) in violent criminal activities in states bordering Mexico—the center of drug trafficking along with Colombia. It is also evident from the study that the decline in crime was most in counties situated less than 350 kilometers from the border. Further, there has been a spin-off effect of MMLs in the inland…

Childhood trauma, mental illness and chronic pain among main causes of Minnesota’s opioid epidemic

Childhood trauma, mental illness and chronic pain among main causes of Minnesota’s opioid epidemic No single cause can be attributed to the spiraling opioid epidemic in the United States. Doctors are guilty of overprescribing opioids for better pain management, pharmaceutical companies have been accused of fueling the epidemic to increase revenues, and socioeconomic reasons like unemployment, poverty and lack of health insurance are among the multiple factors which have been directly linked to the crisis. Just like the other American states, Minnesota also saw an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths, particularly related to opioids. A recent statement by Governor Mark Dayton highlighted that opioid overdose deaths had increased by 430 percent since 2000,…

Lawsuit filed against Obamacare insurer over lack of medical coverage

January 15, 2018 Treatment

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Lawsuit filed against Obamacare insurer over lack of medical coverage A for-profit health insurance company that made huge profits from a strong Obamacare business, Centene, has been sued for allegedly misleading the customers covered under its health plans about the availability of doctors. It has thus been accused of letting customers buy a much reduced insurance than the cover they had signed up for. The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of two Centene customers in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. It states that the customers of Centene are having a tough time in finding doctors who would accept their insurance as the doctors presented…

Study examines role of sexuality and sexual functioning in eating disorders recovery

Study examines role of sexuality and sexual functioning in eating disorders recovery Eating disorders (EDs) are complex mental illnesses which can strike anyone, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Although there is still uncertainty regarding what exactly causes EDs, it is believed that a combination of psychological, biological and sociocultural factors is involved. The onset of EDs typically takes place during adolescence, and their symptoms can be long-lasting. Adding to the complexity of EDs is the presence of comorbid conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and substance abuse. Past research suggests that EDs often co-occur with sexual dysfunction. Distorted body image issues can lead to sexual…

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Meeting mental health needs of human trafficking survivors

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Meeting mental health needs of human trafficking survivors Human trafficking is a global problem. The 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), highlighted that “victims are trafficked along a multitude of trafficking flows; within countries, between neighboring countries or even across different continents.” The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) defines human trafficking as a “crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.” According to the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), a part of the DOJ, the physical and psychological abuse experienced by human trafficking victims…

Colorado adopts new approaches to address mental health and substance use disorders

January 10, 2018 Addiction

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Colorado adopts new approaches to address mental health and substance use disorders Colorado is among the worst impacted American states by both mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD). Between 2000 and 2015, the state registered a 79 percent increase in suicides, with 2015 recording the highest ever number of suicide deaths in a single year. Mental health services have plunged to catastrophic levels and prisons and shelters have become places of last refuge in severe cases. Past surveys have also singled out Colorado as the only state where the population was the top consumer of four substances simultaneously: opioid painkillers, marijuana, cocaine and alcohol.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces $35 million fund to fight opioid epidemic

January 8, 2018 Addiction

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces $35 million fund to fight opioid epidemic As the opioid epidemic rages across the United States, various states are stepping up their efforts to stem the crisis by offering interventions to those who need them the most. Continuing his resolve to fight the opioid epidemic, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced on Jan. 2, 2018 that the state has awarded over $35 million to provide intensive services to individuals with severe opioid use disorders (OUDs), and pregnant and postpartum mothers and older adults with dependencies on opioid painkillers. According to the announcement, Beacon Health Options of Boston (Northern and Central Regions) and Oaks Integrated Care of Mount…

Runner’s gastrointestinal problems linked to anxiety, says study

Runner’s gastrointestinal problems linked to anxiety, says study Most runners will, at some point during their training routines or actual races, experience one or more gastrointestinal (GI) issues. The frequency tends to increase with the intensity of running – longer and harder runs result in a higher prevalence of GI issues. Although past research has attempted to identify the causes of exercise-related GI problems, most of these analyses have focused on the physiological causes. A recent study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences in December 2017 suggested a direct link between runners’ GI problems and the levels of stress and anxiety in their daily lives. The study…

New Year resolutions for people in mental health and addiction recovery

New Year resolutions for people in mental health and addiction recovery The new year has just begun and many people might be striving to fulfil their resolutions. It is that time of the year when people reflect on what they did last year, think about their achievements and shortcomings, and use this knowledge to set new goals. Everyone has some plans and some might have even started implementing them. But the beginning of the year is especially critical for those in recovery from mental health and substance abuse. Making resolutions to improve mental health and leave the addictive habits, and consistently making an effort in sticking to them can make a…
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