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PTSD: THE BRAIN AND PSYCHE REWIRED

PTSD: THE BRAIN AND PSYCHE REWIRED

Post-traumatic stress disorder is generally perceived as a mental disorder that occurs in combat veterans who experience the trauma of war. The truth is that PTSD can occur in any adult or child exposed to any traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious traffic accident or the violence of rape or other physical assault. […]

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Brain Wellness (Part 2) - WHAT HAPPENS TO A MISTREATED BRAIN?

Brain Wellness (Part 2) – WHAT HAPPENS TO A MISTREATED BRAIN?

In the first part of this brain wellness series, we reviewed brain structure and function, including the key elements required to maintain brain wellness. These elements include adequate sleep, nutrition, exercise, positive social interaction, exposure to sunlight and avoidance of toxins‒all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. But what happens when the brain is deprived of […]

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Aetna Practices Latest Example of Unethical Health Industry Ways

Aetna Practices Latest Example of Unethical Health Industry Ways

There’s something rotten in Denmark. Maybe it’s wafting over from the U.S. health insurance industry. CNN reports that a former Aetna medical director admitted, under oath, that he never looked at patient records prior to approving or denying care, relying instead on the recommendations from nurses at the insurance giant. The admission from physician Dr. […]

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Notes from ATA18: TELEHEALTH AIMS TO BRING PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES HOME

Notes from ATA18: TELEHEALTH AIMS TO BRING PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES HOME

Get ready for a world where psychiatric services can be provided right at home. Instead of choosing a pay-per-view movie to lift their spirits, patients may soon be able to sit in a beloved armchair–slippers on and kitty in the lap–and receive a therapy session. In a session titled “Increasing the Reach of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy […]

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PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD Awareness Month

The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments throughout the year. Starting in 2010, Congress designated June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 541). In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June as National PTSD Awareness Month (S. Res. 481). After a traumatic event, most people have painful […]

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MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD Symptoms Shows Promising Results

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD Symptoms Shows Promising Results

The synthetic drug 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA; aka, Molly, Ecstasy, X) is an illicit synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). MDMA is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth and distorted sensory and time perception. The drug commonly is associated with raves, […]

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MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

Anchored by a United States Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated every June across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education and outreavch activities. The purpose of Men’s Health Month (menshealthmonth.org) is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of […]

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Brain Wellness Part I: Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology Essentials

The human brain is a remarkable organ with capacities that are still not fully understood. Only over the past few decades has it become clear that brain cells can and do regenerate and form new connections throughout a person’s lifetime. This capacity allows the brain to recover in whole or in part after injury from […]

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Is Addiction A Mental Illness?

Addiction is a brain disease, but it’s not typically treated as one. Why? What makes addiction different from a mental illness? Is addiction different from a mental illness in the first place? To address this question, it may help to review some of the similarities and differences between addiction and mental illnesses. Similarities Between Mental […]

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Land of the Free and Depressed : The cost of depression in America

America, the land with the freedom to pursue happiness, isn’t exactly happy. Americans are stressed, burned out and depressed. We spend more time at work and less time on vacation than people in  other Western countries, which may contribute to the tremendous depression statistics. It’s no surprise that depression affects approximately 15 million American adults, […]

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