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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


Drum Circles: The Therapeutic Effect of Drumming

It was a little over a year ago. I had made a few “out of character” decisions, and I was eager to do something to gain mental clarity. This was not anything unusual. From meditation retreats, yoga binges, to poetry circles, I have done it all. I tend to have a mini-life crisis that leads . . . . Continue Reading


Cyberbullying Linked to Depression and Addiction in Teens

  Author: Shernide Delva The definition of cyberbullying is tormenting, harassing and humiliating someone via the internet, mobile phone, or other forms of digital technologies. Cyberbullying is no joke. Many teens and young adults have committed suicide, or have turned to substance abuse after a cyberbullying incident. My last year of college, my final project . . . . 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


Billion-Dollar Abstinence Program Failed To Stop Spread of HIV

Abstinence-only sex education continues to fail, yet the United States has funded billions of dollars to promote abstinence in Africa with the intention to stop the spread of HIV. Now, data is revealing that the efforts failed to prevent the spread fo HIV in Africa. In 2003, President George W. Bush passed the President’s Emergency . . . . Continue Reading


Does Social Media Really Lead to Depression?

The negative implications of social media use continue to be a heavily debated topic. Now, researchers believe that excessive social media use can lead to depression. While social media has been linked to negative psychological effects for quite some time now, this is the first study to actually associate a correlation between social media and . . . . Continue Reading


Medical Marijuana to Treat Menstrual Cramps?

With several states in the country legalizing marijuana, either medically or recreationally, many are trying to get their hands on the expanding market. Whoopi Goldberg has been a long-time advocate of marijuana use. In an interview to Vanity Fair, Goldberg announced that she plans to launch a medical marijuana line to treat menstrual cramps. The . . . . Continue Reading


Changing Drinking Age for Alcohol to 18?

Since 1984 the legal age to drink alcohol in all of the United States of America has been 21. Of course everyone who was born back then can drink now, so it wouldn’t seem like such a big deal. This was the year President Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act into law. Since . . . . Continue Reading


Taking Control of Your Self-Destructive Behavior

For many of us, it can be easy to resort to self-destructive behavior as a way to cope with feelings of loneliness and unworthiness. However, self-destructive behavior can be incredibly harmful especially when it comes to your recovery. Learning how to take control of your self-destructive behavior can put you on the right path to . . . . Continue Reading


Why Adequate Mental Health Care in Universities is Crucial

Entering college can be a stressful time for students. The first time arriving on campus brings new experiences, new responsibilities, and yes, stress. For many, the stress is just a building block of life and they are able to move forward and grow from it. However, for some students, the change can be overwhelming and affect . . . . Continue Reading