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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

Wounds From Childhood Bullying Persist Into Young Adulthood

Bullying is not anything new. It has been going on for quite some time. However, these days, bullying has expanded into much more than the occasional tease and shove. Bullying has transformed into cyberbullying, and kids struggle to escape the lure of negativity that resides on the internet. The influx of bullying-related suicides and self-harm . . . . Continue Reading

How Ads Affect Youth Alcohol Consumption

How much do ads affect kids? It turns out; it affects them quite a bit. A recent study found that the more advertising kids see for a particular brand of alcohol, the more likely they are to consume those brands. The evidence revealed that advertisements geared to underage drinking teens really do affect the amount of . . . . Continue Reading

6 Reasons You Are Tired All the Time

Do you feel like you are tired all the time? If you do, you are not alone.  Shilpi Agarwal, MD, a board-certified family medicine and integrative and holistic medicine physician, revealed in an article in Psychology Today, that close to half her female patients in their late 20s through their 40s report some degree of . . . . Continue Reading

Do Alcoholics Lack a Key Enzyme in Their Brain?

A new study suggests that alcoholics may lack an essential enzyme in the brain that inhibits impulse control. Researchers in Sweden say the lack of a critical enzyme may result in a person being more vulnerable to alcoholism. Regardless of whether you drink or not, most of us are aware of how alcohol dulls our . . . . Continue Reading

Food Addiction: Not About Willpower

    It turns out food addiction has little to do with willpower. Research reveals those who struggle with food addiction have a fault in their brain chemistry. Have you ever claimed to be obsessed with a particular food? Maybe it was pizza or ice-cream. Perhaps cake is your food of choice. Regardless of what . . . . Continue Reading

The Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Bipolar disorder and substance abuse have been correlated in various studies over the past few decades. Unfortunately, a new follow-up study has yielded the same results. Furthermore, the follow-up found that the incidence of cigarette use and substance abuse was even greater five years after diagnosis.  Those with persistent bipolar symptoms were found to have . . . . Continue Reading

The Benefits of Self-Talk

Do you talk to yourself? If you don’t, maybe you should start. Turns out, talking to yourself is not that crazy after all. Various articles have concluded that self-talk has immense mental health benefits. When you talk to yourself, you are paying attention to the person that matters the most: you. Talking to yourself is . . . . Continue Reading

Lisa Marie Presley Getting Treated for Prescription Pill Addiction

Celebrity rehab stories are no shocking mystery to the world as we know it. We have learned over time that it isn’t just the average joe who gets tied up in the temptation and turmoil of addiction, but also the silver spoons and the world renowned starlets. No one is immune and no aspect of . . . . Continue Reading

Blood Alcohol Testing with Temporary Tattoos

Over the last several years there have been increased efforts to develop technology for blood alcohol testing, breathalyzing for drugs, and other innovations related to keeping people safe and helping keep drunk drivers and party-goers from engaging in risk behavior. There are cups that test drinks for being drugged. There are wrist-bands that monitor movement . . . . Continue Reading