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Study Says Most Opioid Deaths Were People Who Had Prescriptions

A newly released study of the opioid crisis in America actually reveals that 2/3 of people who died due to opioids actually were diagnosed with chronic pain and received a prescription painkiller in the year before their death. This research is being called “the largest study of opioid deaths”, and shows that over half of . . . . Continue Reading


Could Childhood Trauma Be Mistaken for ADHD?

Some experts say the effects of severe adversity may be misdiagnosed. What if your ADHD was really just a side effect of childhood trauma. It turns out, that could be a possibility. Exploring the Cause of Childhood Trauma Dr.  Nicole Brown of John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is on a mission to discover whether or . . . . Continue Reading


Did You Know Middle-Aged Women Use the Most Opioids in America?

For a long time, people have assumed those most at risk of drug abuse were young teens, especially in urban areas. But prescription narcotics have ushered in a new and frightening era of substance use disorder with powerful opioids, so this may not be the case. A new report has shown that middle-aged women are . . . . Continue Reading


4 Reasons Why Clutter Is Bad for Your Mental Health

  New research reveals it’s better to live a less cluttered life. While this may not sound surprising, the reality is many people’s lives are full of clutter. Your ability to think clearly and live an organized lifestyle depends on your ability to navigate through the clutter. Less is more, as they say. When you . . . . Continue Reading


What Are the Side-Effects of Suboxone?

Author: Justin Mckibben With such a high rate of opioid abuse across the country, concerning both prescription medications and illicit narcotics, the demand for access to treatment has become paramount to addressing the opioid epidemic. One form of treatment for addiction is based around maintenance medications, using a strategy consistent with the concept of harm . . . . Continue Reading


Ambien Addiction: Signs of Sleep Medication Abuse

Zolpidem is a hypnotic drug that was originally marketed as Ambien, and is now available all over the world under various brand names. This powerful sedative is primarily prescribed for sleep problems such as insomnia. For medical use, Ambien should only be used for short periods. However, many people become dependent on the drug to . . . . Continue Reading


Amanda Seyfried On OCD & Mental Illness: ‘If You Can Treat It, You Treat It’

Last night while skimming through social media, I discovered one of my favorite actresses Amanda Seyfried was trending.  Curious, I clicked on Seyfried name and was pleasantly surprised to see Seyfried coming forward about her mental health struggles in an effort to reduce the stigmas surrounding mental illness. Even if you are not a huge . . . . Continue Reading


New Treatment Approach Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit

Author: Shernide Delva Quitting smoking is hard. Quitting smoking when you’re depressed is even harder. That’s why researchers are testing a new smoking cessation treatment combining medication and behavioral activation therapy targeted at this particular population. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine have pinpointed why quitting smoking is so difficult for depressed people. Now, they are testing . . . . Continue Reading


5 Ways I Overcame My Social Anxiety

From a young age, I had severe social anxiety. In kindergarten, I spoke maybe two sentences, not including, of course, the daily “Here!” that I murmured when my teachers read the attendance list. Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is when a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. A . . . . Continue Reading


Demi Lovato Didn’t Think She’d Be Alive Past 21

Author: Shernide Delva  At one point, Demi Lovato was far from the “Confident” woman she presents herself as today. In fact, in 2010, Demi Lovato was admitted to rehab for bulimia and substance abuse.  She was far from confident back then. Needless to say, she’s come a long way. We have covered the struggles Demi . . . . Continue Reading