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New study finds physical differences in depressed brains

Depression’s easy to dismiss. Everybody has bad moods, right? People have bad days, get sad, and feel blue, so what makes depression different from your ordinary, workaday bad mood? Plenty. Depression, often called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a real disease. According to Mayo Clinic, it can also have negative effects on one’s […]

What’s the difference between delirium and dementia?

Both conditions are certainly frightening. Patients get suddenly thrown into confusion – or faced with a slow, inevitable decline. Meanwhile, friends and family of the patient see their loved one either suddenly turn into a confused, panicking stranger or deal with watching someone’s personality and memory be erased. The words “dementia” and “delirium” are often […]

Periodontal disease linked to marijuana smoking, study shows

Marijuana has been a very controversial topic for many years. With a strict federal ban but very lenient regulations on the statewide level, the legalities of this natural herb create a political conundrum. Not to mention the ongoing debate about the mental benefits and risks of marijuana use. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia […]

New study compares conventional and alternative treatments for low back pain

Mechanical low back pain is the second leading cause for individuals to visit a health care provider. Approximately 80 percent of Americans will develop mechanical low back pain at least once in their lives. It most commonly occurs between 20 and 40 years of age, American Family Physician reported. Unfortunately, recurrent low back pain re-occurs […]

How alcohol affects mood and changes people

With first use, alcohol affects the structure and function of the brain by altering both the neurons (brain cells) and the neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit impulses among neurons and other cells in the body). The initial dopamine release from alcohol usually results in an initial euphoric feeling, relaxation and deceased social anxiety. This dopamine surge […]

An integrative approach to treating co-occurring disorders

Dual diagnosis, now formally called co-occurring disorders, is defined as a mental health illness such a depression, bipolar disorder or an anxiety disorder co-existing with a substance use disorder such as opioid abuse or binge drinking. Often one disorder precedes another, and together they both have the potential to spiral out of control. For example, […]

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