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To Address Addiction, Start With Words

Yngvild Olsen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Yngvild Olsen

In large part, the misperception of opioid use disorder stems from a failure of language. We are boxed in by an outdated lexicon that reflects the unfortunate view of individuals with addiction as moral failures and criminals.

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

Dying for Substance Abuse Treatment: There's Just No Room at the Inn

Deni Carise | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Evidence-based, patient-centered treatment along a continuum of care provided in the patient's neighborhood is the answer to successfully managing the chronic disease of addiction, just as it is for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Spock and the Lighthouse

Lorraine Roe | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Roe

There's a new brouhaha about Alcoholics Anonymous in the media in an article in The Atlantic and recent book about "The Irrationality of Alcoholics An...

Our Indifference Is Killing People With Mental Illness

Jordan Melograna | Posted 03.10.2015 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

We have to fundamentally change our view. The next time you run across someone having a mental health crisis on the street, think to yourself: if this person were having a heart attack, would you want them arrested?

Your Syndrome's Missing Benefit

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Doctors don't much care for conditions we don't understand well, can't treat effectively, and can't even confirm with a blood test. The frustration that results often translates into one of medicine's more common, and most regrettable missteps: blaming the victim. Patients with syndromes are often overtly, or at least covertly, blamed for their symptoms and engender an "it's all in his/her head" attitude in their doctor.

A Case for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Risa Sugarman | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

For me, the benefits of ECT have greatly outweighed my initial fears. I never imagined the positive results I would have in response to this treatment.

Veterans Finding a New Outlook Outdoors

Ben Klasky | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Ben Klasky

The path forward for returning veterans can be bolstered by treatment, therapy, and medication; but is also too often marked by addiction and suicide. Ultimately, Brandon would find his footing in the same place that his relentless sense of adventure took him as a boy growing up outside Cleveland - the outdoors.

How to Move On When You Can't Ask 'Why Did This Happen?'

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Give up asking "Why?" in the first place. It is a rear-view mirror approach to tackling the obstacle. It proves you are still looking backward looking for the nail that popped the tire, instead of forward for where you need to steer to. Either way, you've got to pull over for repairs.

What to Do About Those Thoughts You Can't Get Out of Your Head?

Francis Levy | Posted 03.10.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Do you ever find it impossible to get a thought out of your head? Do silly ideas insinuate themselves into your consciousness like ticks until they have become full blown cases of Lyme disease which require the kind of brain washing that's the equivalent of a potent antibiotic?

The Comments A Cancer Survivor Doesn't Want To Hear

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Unfortunately, when the time comes to begin the intimate and sometimes awkward conversation of "I have/had cancer," it will produce mixed reviews. While the majority of feedback will be positive and supportive, the brash among us will offer slightly hurtful responses instead.

The Value of Family- and Patient-Centered Care

Lori Lee | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Lori Lee

We settled into what had become our home away from home for the past several months. We knew the faces, sounds and smells. It was all too familiar: 5C. Pediatric Cancer Unit.

Neurofeedback on Your Bookshelf: Two Great New Books

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is currently at number 12 on the New York Times list of bestselling science books. It discuss...

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Environmental factors such as stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may also trigger manic-depressive episodes, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important -- proper nutrition and sleep, handling stress, finding a support network and psychotherapy can all help manage bipolar disorder.

Secrets Suck

Maria Senise | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

Has anyone heard the song "Secrets" by Mary Lambert? Lyrically, it's one of my new favorites. Here are a few of the most poignant lines, the ones that...

The Vicious Cycle Of Stress, Insomnia And Depression

Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM

There's increasing real evidence -- not just anecdotal -- for the bio-psychosocial relationship between stress, insomnia and depression, and the recurring, circular nature of these three unhealthy and unhappy states of mind and body.

High Rates of Depression Among African-American Women, Low Rates of Treatment

Nia Hamm | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nia Hamm

Because mental health is a taboo subject in the African-American community, black people, and specifically black women, are not only one of the least likely groups to be treated or to seek treatment for depression, they're also less likely than other groups to even acknowledge it as a serious problem

Building Momentum for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Post-2015 Dialogue

Ward Cates | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Ward Cates

Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of development.

What I Learned From Sleeping Through a 6.0 Earthquake

Kelsey Flanigan | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelsey Flanigan

Everyone, cancer or not, deals with aftershocks. They can ripple through our lives causing anxiety, depression and a host of other issues until we confront them. After a huge catastrophe in your life it unfortunately doesn't end there; we have to deal with the debris around us.

Ferguson's Overlooked Ties to the War on Drugs

Howard Meitiner | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Meitiner

While we do not know all the facts on the ground in Ferguson, we know that militarization on a national level can often do more harm than good. It has eroded trust between law enforcement and ordinary citizens, and it certainly hasn't eradicated the drug scourge from our communities.

Depression and Addiction: We Must Break the Stigmas

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

The reason so many people don't get the treatment they need is simple: Mental illness and addiction are still shrouded in stigma. It's 2014, but people suffering from mental illness often times don't want to ask for professional help because they fear being labeled as "crazy" or a "whack job."

Robin Williams and the Perils of Depression

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

When someone like Robin Williams takes his own life, it's a stunning reminder of how powerful emotional anguish can be. It's a reminder that profound emotional pain can occur in the talented, the successful, the admired, the well-loved. And it's a reminder of how difficult it can be to reach someone struggling with depression -- especially someone who thinks you don't want to hear about it.

This Is What It Is Like to Be an Addict With Triggers

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I bring these events up specifically because of how minuscule they are in a normal person's world -- going to bed at night, grabbing a beverage to hydrate. But in an addict's world, it's the small actions like this that can set off a string of memories associated with our use.

Find Out How You Can Treat Yourself and Better Yourself at the Same Time on Your Next Vacation

AskMen.com | Posted 08.12.2014 | Travel
AskMen.com

You'd be forgiven for thinking that a spa holiday was all about fluffy white robes and whale music. But these days, people are taking it one step further and are opting to use their vacation time for personal development or a complete body-mind detox.