Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

By On January 10th, 2017

Bariatric surgery might not bring positive life transformation

It’s impossible to be part of our culture, and not get ensnared in the cycle of striving for happiness. If we attain a certain possession, begin a new relationship or lose weight then our life will be transformed, and we will be happy. Of course, what usually happens once we attain one thing, it is…


By On June 10th, 2016

What to Look for in an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

A few months ago, I read an article in the New York Times about the recent proliferation of eating disorder treatment centers across the country. People are usually stunned when I tell them that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. There are many reasons for this, one of which is…


By On April 28th, 2015

Spike in “Spice” Deaths and ER Visits

The synthetic cannabinoid, spice, is making a comeback in its lethality and emergency department visits.  Doctors and nurses are reporting cases involving spice at a rate of four times so far this year compared to 2014. It isn’t known if this is due to more people using the drug or to a more lethal chemical…


By On February 14th, 2015

The Circle Game of Blame While People Remain Desperate for Treatment

As the need increases for mental health and substance abuse treatment, facilities that provide such treatment are closing their doors.  Just this week, I heard a news story about thousands of people in Alabama who are currently receiving treatment, but have been told that in less than a week, Alabama Psychiatric Services will be shutting down…


By On December 17th, 2013

How Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Was Sold To The U.S. Public

After more than 50 years, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, remains a source of controversy. While the condition itself has largely been accepted as a real neurological condition, and public acceptance has quickly grown, questions have begun popping up about the rates of diagnosis for the condition. Many are skeptical of the…


By On November 7th, 2013

Does life follow art? Or, does life follow mannequins?

A mannequin manufacturer in Venezuela realized that if his mannequins more closely resembled the idealized visions of plastic surgery his business would improve. And, it did as female shoppers saw the idealized aspects of the female form produced by plastic surgery in the new mannequins. With exaggerated breasts, extremely small wasp waists, pronounced derrieres and…


By On August 2nd, 2013

Does Anemia Increase the Risk of Dementia?

According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, anemia, a condition characterized by low levels of red blood cells, may increase the risk of dementia in elderly people. Anemia is common in elderly people and can affect over a fifth of all adults over the age of 65. It has also been linked…


By On July 4th, 2013

Treatment For Depression Offers Relief For Some

Every year roughly 7 percent of all U.S. adults experiences major depressive disorder. The main treatment for depression prescribed by psychiatrists is medication and counseling, but what are patients to do when they find that their medication doesn’t work? Martha Rhodes had been on just about every antidepressant in production since the age of 13,…


By On July 3rd, 2013

How Does Exercise Make You Better At Handling Anxiety?

Researchers have long wondered how exercise affects our brain. They became especially interested since it was discovered that exercise not only prompts the creation of new brain cells which are known to be very excitable, while also creating an overall pattern of calm in other areas of the brain. When neurons are created they are…


By On January 17th, 2013

New Information Leads To Changes In Suicide Prevention In Teens

Suicide in teens has always been a major topic in the mental health field, but previous beliefs that a lack of access led to many of the suicides is being challenged by new research. As Benedict Carey of the New York Times writes, “55 percent of suicidal teenagers had received some therapy before they thought…

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