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By On March 12th, 2019

Vitamin pills and supplements don’t fight depression like a healthy diet does

While growing evidence suggests that maintaining a healthy diet can help prevent depression, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates simply taking vitamin pills or other supplements won’t cut it. The study of more than 1,000 overweight or obese individuals from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain,…

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By On March 7th, 2019

Many students with ADHD are receiving no help at school

A large number of children growing up with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) receive little to no assistance in school despite the widely recognized effect that ADHD can have on a child’s schooling and social ability. Most troubling, a new study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, indicates that children from non-English speaking or lower-income…

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By On March 5th, 2019

70% of teens say mental health is ‘a major struggle’ for their peers

One of the most difficult parts of living with any mental illness – whether it is depression, substance abuse, schizophrenia, or an eating disorder – is how isolating they can be. Between the fears of being shunned and the feeling that others won’t understand, it can be incredibly difficult to open up about your experiences…

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By On February 26th, 2019

When parents abuse opioids, their children are likely to follow in their footsteps

Parents who abuse prescription painkillers may be tempting their children to follow in their footsteps according to recent findings published in the journal Pediatrics. According to the report, American teenagers were 30% more likely to abuse prescription opioids when one of their parents also misuse the drugs. The findings are not particularly shocking, as research on…

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By On February 19th, 2019

Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder face high risk for premature death

People living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) face a particularly high risk for dying early from a number of causes, including suicide and cardiovascular failure, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The results highlight the unique need to screen individuals with BPD for suicidal thoughts, physical health issues, and…

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By On February 14th, 2019

Teen cannabis use tied to adult depression and suicidal thoughts in new study

Using marijuana as a teen may increase a person’s chance of developing depression as an adult, according to a new large-scale study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study comes shortly after the introduction of legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana across the country and while cannabis remains the most popular drug for teens.…

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By On February 12th, 2019

Women’s hormone cycles may be tied to higher addiction and relapse rates

New research may finally explain why women are statistically more at risk of drug addiction and more likely to relapse when in recovery. According to a new report published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, women’s hormonal cycles may make them both more prone to develop an addiction when exposed to drugs and more likely to respond…

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By On February 7th, 2019

Study finds groups of bacteria can either help or hurt mental health

The theory that the balance of specific bacteria in the gut might affect a person’s mental health is looking more and more likely. A new Belgian study suggests that not only can higher levels of specific groups of gut bacteria increase the risk for depression, but increased concentrations of other bacteria could also conversely improve…

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