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Self Medication

Confronting Your Mental Health

Francisco Micheo-Marcial | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Francisco Micheo-Marcial

My OCD convinced me that when I walked into a room, those people were talking about me, and I knew it. It forces me to revisit the same distressing ideas day after day with no reprieve. It isolated me and made me irritable. I lashed out at those I loved, oftentimes irreparably so. The spread of misinformation is harmful to us all, and we should seek to understand before we label.

Insight Into the Mind of Someone Suffering From Addiction

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

I thought about throwing the note away, but part of me said to keep it -- not so I can dwell on the past, but so I can have another reminder of how far we've come.

11 Easy Ways To Be Happier

Susie Moore | Posted 05.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie Moore

We are so busy worrying about what will be in the future or living in the past. True joy, peace and contentment come from being alive and present in the current moment. It is all we have and it is all there really is.

Is Drinking Alone an Early Warning Sign?

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most people start drinking for social purposes, and most of those go on to lives of moderate social drinking. Only a fraction of them become alcoholic as adults. But what about those early outliers, the ones without a party to go to, or friends to meet?

WATCH: Doctor Makes Frightening Claim About Vitamins

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Taking vitamins or supplements seems commonplace, but could all that self-medicating actually be harmful to your health? It's a slippery slope for a c...

Do You Drink When You're Angry?

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 07.03.2012 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

A recent study conducted by psychologists at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, shows that anger and alcohol mix a little too easily for many women.

'Drug'-Using Bugs Use Surprising Substance To Fight Infection

Posted 04.02.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/31/2012 09:09 AM EDT on LiveScience When they get sick, bees raid their own "medicine...

How I Lost My Sister To Addiction

Victoria Costello | Posted 04.26.2012 | Fifty
Victoria Costello

In light of the continuing controversy surrounding Whitney Houston's death, here is a look at the science behind the central and often misunderstood concept of self-medication in addiction and recovery. My interest in this is personal. My sister Rita died of a multiple drug cocktail at age 38.