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Psychotherapy: A tool for psychiatric treatment

November 14, 2014 Anxiety Treatment

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psychotherapy tool psychiatric treatment Psychotherapy is a method of treating people affected with mental health problems by making them aware of their mental health disorder and helping them in learning constructive ways to deal with the symptoms or problems. Psychotherapy is also known as counseling, talk-therapy or psychosocial therapy. During the psychotherapy sessions, people with mental health problems learn strategies and tools so as to effectively deal with stress, anxiety, and unhealthy, intrusive, and negative thoughts and behaviors. By taking psychotherapy from a psychotherapist, psychologist or a psychiatrist, a person is able to manage his or her symptoms or mental health issues in a…

Long-term alcohol consumption plays large role in the cause of dementia

November 13, 2014 Alcohol Addicition

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memory alocohol related dementia Alcohol affects every organ of the body and the brain is no exception. Although the immediate effects of alcohol on the brain are quite evident, the long-term effects of alcohol on the brain often get ignored as we tend to give more attention to physical health rather than psychological or mental health. A person who has a history of alcohol abuse in the form of heavy or binge drinking has a high risk of suffering from psychiatric and neurological issues like anxiety, depression, poor judgment and memory loss. Excessive and prolonged alcohol use causes structural and functional damage to brain…

Over 80 new DNA regions linked to schizophrenia

November 12, 2014 Health, Psychiatry

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over 80 new dna regions linked schizophrenia A multi-stage schizophrenia genome-wide association study has reported 108 DNA segments in the human genome to be associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia. 83 of these DNA regions have not been previously implicated to cause schizophrenia. The results of this recently published study will significantly enhance the understanding of the complex genetics behind schizophrenia, and can lead to new research to aid the development of new treatment options. The study was conducted by the Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PCG) and published in the journal Nature, an international weekly journal of science. The study included 37,000…

Xanax: Common psychiatric prescription yields high risks, emergency room visits

drugs alprazolam Alprazolam, one of the most commonly prescribed and misused psychiatric medications, was responsible for 123,744 emergency department visits in 2011 according to the latest report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Alprazolam belongs to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines and is usually prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia and panic disorders. Available under the brand names Xanax, Xanax XR, Alprazolam Intensol and Niravam, it was the 13th most commonly sold medication in 2012. How it works Like other benzodiazepines, alprazolam acts by enhancing the effects of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA),…

Internet safety: A guide for parents

adolscent teen internet safety Home is the place where we feel the safest. However, it should be noted that even in the home there are things parents and teens should be watchful of, namely what is occurring online. In the recent past, Internet crimes have escalated at an unprecedented rate and adolescents and teens that are online have become targets for cyber criminals and online predators. In the U.S., 45 million children aged 10 to 17 are connected to the Internet. Out of these 45 million it has been found that: One in five have been sexually solicited One in four have been exposed…

Hatha yoga improves brain function in older adults

hatha yoga improves brain function older people A new study shows that Hatha yoga, when practiced three times a week for eight weeks, boosts the cognitive performance of older individuals who were previously sedentary. The study was published by Oxford University Press in the “Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences” on behalf of the Gerontological Society of America and was supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Few research studies have investigated the effects of movement-based meditative or introspective practices such as yoga on cognition. Researchers carried out a randomized, controlled trial in order to…

New study reveals association between adolescent alcohol drinking behavior and advertising

connection between youth drinking behaviors alcohol advertisements_ A new study has reported that underage alcohol drinkers have three times more chance to consume those alcohol brands that are advertised on television programs they watch in comparison to other brands of alcohol. This study provides new and convincing evidence of a firm association between the drinking behavior of youth and alcohol advertising. This study was conducted by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY), which is a part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at Baltimore, and the Boston University’s School of Public Health (SPH). CAMY monitors and studies the marketing practices of America’s…

Methamphetamine abuse: Effects and treatment

methamphetamine abuse Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that is an effective central nervous system stimulant and a serious problem in the U.S. The abuse of methamphetamine is associated with grave psychological, medical and social consequences. In addition to harmful effects such as aggression, loss of memory, psychotic behavior, malnutrition, damage to the heart, system and severe dental health problems, the abuse of this drug has also been reported to increase the rate of transmission of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Methamphetamine abuse has been associated with crime, child neglect, child abuse, unemployment and other social issues. Methamphetamine abuse resulted in…

Should the legal drinking age in the U.S. be above 21?

alcohol legal age A hoax news website that allows users to post fake news and share it on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook recently had a rumor circulating online that read: “As of August 2, 2014, the legal age to drink alcohol will be 25. There has been controversy whether 21 is too young to make decisions. A lot of citizens state at that age, they are not mentally responsible to drink. The legislation at the White House has come to an agreement to have the legal age changed to 25.” Thousands of citizens fell for this rumor leading to a…

Development of cyber bullying in the digital age

adolescent teen cyber bullying Bullying is a social evil that happens in various schools across the United States. The outcome of bullying is very serious in which “the victim” or “the target” can even take away his or her own life. Bullycide is the term coined to describe suicides that result from bullying. In the recent past, schools and many social agencies have launched anti-bullying campaigns to raise awareness about the social and psychological scar that bullying leaves on the mind of a young person. The lawmakers of the nation have also taken this matter very seriously and at least 49 States in the…
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