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Could a Sleep Disorder Drug Treat Food Addiction?

Now that the holidays are over, most of us are probably seeing the after effects of huge holiday meals and sugar cookies. Those with food addictions have it the hardest during the holiday season with temptation at an all-time high.  There is some hope, though. A sleep disorder pill could turn everything around for the . . . . Continue Reading

More Pregnant Women Are Getting High On Marijuana

Pregnant women are getting high more than ever, an article notes. Marijuana use has increased among pregnant woman. Between the years of 2002 and 2014, the amount of pregnant woman who reported using marijuana shot up 62 percent. Furthermore, researchers discovered that 3.9% of woman who reported using marijuana used it within the last month. . . . . Continue Reading

Oniomania: Defining and Understanding True Shopping Addiction

This time of the year, people often jokingly downplay the seriousness of shopping addiction. “Oh, I bought so many shoes! I’m a shopaholic!”  You or a friend might brag over lunch. It seems fun and harmless to brag about our over-the-top shopping tendencies. However, those who have real compulsive shopping tendencies are often so in . . . . Continue Reading

Obama Signs Act to Ensure Health Insurance Coverage for Eating Disorders

In 2000, a woman by the name of Anna Westin passed away from a five-year battle with anorexia. Sadly, right before her untimely death, Westin was denied medical coverage for eating disorder treatment because her disease was deemed not “certified” for residential treatment. Fortunately, things have finally changed. Now, nearly 17 years after Anna Westin’s . . . . Continue Reading

The Link Between Depression and Human Evolution

Depression claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from clinical depression in their lifetime, and that number is increasing with every generation.  Sadly, there is still a lack of understanding when it comes to depression. Why is there suddenly a rapid increase in rates of depression? Researchers . . . . Continue Reading

Poor Body Image Linked to Alcohol Consumption in Teenage Girls

The way we feel about ourselves is often directly connected to the way we treat ourselves. When it comes to alcohol use, the same thing applies. A recent study revealed that high school girl’s ages 14-18 who struggled with body image misperceptions are more likely to have consumed at least one drink in their life, . . . . Continue Reading

The Connection Between Sleep and Negative Emotions

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. However, sleep does more than most of us could ever imagine. Sleep affects our mental and physical health in a multitude of ways. The deeper you sleep, the more your body resets and chemicals in the brain replenish. One woman that knows . . . . Continue Reading

5 Things Not to Say to Someone Struggling With Anxiety

There are moments where it feels like I cannot breathe, and like I have no control over anything. However, for years I classified it as just a normal reaction to a situation, not real anxiety. The word “anxiety” conjures up a different definition depending on who you ask. Anxiety can be as simple as the . . . . Continue Reading

How Breathing Patterns Affect Emotions and Memories

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathing is not just for oxygen anymore. More and more studies are revealing the multitude of benefits around breathing. Breathing has been linked to brain function and behavior. Now, for the first time, scientists have found that breathing creates electrical activity in the brain that enhances emotional judgments. The rhythm of . . . . Continue Reading

Significant Portion of Female College Students Choose To Stay Sober

  Despite the college stereotypes, binge drinking is not a staple for all who reside on University of Michigan’s campus. In fact, many females who attend college there are vowing to stay away from the booze. Nearly 17% of women at the University have chosen sobriety instead. The results, which surveyed 1,000 randomly selected students . . . . Continue Reading