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Response to alcohol can indicate future outcomes in people with prior alcoholism, says study

The alcohol response of a person with a history of alcoholism can indicate the future outcomes, says a recent study by researchers from the University of California San Diego. According to the study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, a higher-than-expected rate of problematic drinking among the elderly could be indicative of […]

“4/20” linked to increase in fatal vehicle crashes by new study
Posted in Marijuana, Research

In most of the driving-related fatalities in the United States, alcohol happens to be the main cause, though other drugs like marijuana also play an important role. However, it is difficult to directly link marijuana use with one’s driving abilities as the drug is often used in combination with alcohol. In addition, the driver’s age […]

Alcohol destroys immune system, warns NIH

Alcohol consumption, even short-term alcohol misuse, can have devastating effects on almost every single organ and system of the user, including the immune system. In 2015, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recognized the devastating effects of alcohol on the immune system and issued a warning about the link between immune system […]

Study says exercise can help overcome methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms

For those addicted to methamphetamine, getting clean is a daunting task. The effect of one dose of crystal meth can last for up to 12 hours, and a binge on the drug can keep the user awake for days, even a week or more. This reverses the body’s sleep cycle, and for people trying to […]

Research reveals why LSD effect lasts so long

The effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), the most common hallucinogen and one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals, can last for a day or even longer. People who use it experience illusions and altered thought processes. Till now, researchers were not sure why the effects of LSD lasted for so long. Now, a recent […]

Genetic variant may be key to treating opioid addiction in African-Americans

Yale University researchers have located a genetic variant peculiar to African-Americans. They believe identifying this anomaly may benefit opioid-dependent individuals who are on methadone maintenance. The gene The research, published in Molecular Psychiatry, pinpoints the gene OPRM1. This gene determines how opioids affect the brain. According to the study, tracking the genetic variant can help […]

Psychotherapy may help repair brain connections, says study

The word “psychosis” describes a condition during which one’s connection with reality is lost, says the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A person dealing with a psychotic episode may hallucinate, have delusions, behave oddly or be unable to speak clearly. These symptoms make the condition frightening for many people. Traditionally, antipsychotic drugs help manage […]

The detrimental effects of methamphetamine

Methamphetamine use has resulted in the highest drug related imprisonments in the United States. Although marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States, methamphetamine has produced more legal offenses than any other drug in 27 out of the 50 states in the U.S. The history of methamphetamine Methamphetamine is more potent and […]

How do minorities differ in their diagnoses and treatment?

It is estimated that one-fourth of American adults are affected by a mental disorder at some point in their lives. Two-thirds of these individuals never seek help from a physician or mental health care professional. In the psychiatric community, it is well known that significant disparities exist in the delivery and receipt of mental health […]

The dangers of moving as a child
Posted in Blog, Research, Treatment

Moving as an adult is stressful. Moving as a child or an adolescent can be world-changing. New schools, new friends and new environments can all result in quite the psychological blow, especially when compounded with puberty and other adolescent struggles. But how bad is it really? A research team asked this question and published the […]

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