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Archive for October, 2010

Experts Debate Merit of Video Game Addiction

Oct 29th, 2010 | By

While parents and family members worry about addictions in terms of substance abuse. There’s another form of abuse that is growing so much that advocates want it to be officially recognized as an addiction: video games. In a report prepared for the American Medical Association’s annual policy meeting in 2007, a council from the nation’s largest doctors’ group wants to have overindulgent video game use to be officially classified as
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Teen Internet Use May Lead to Depression

Oct 27th, 2010 | By

According to a report that will appear in the October edition of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, teenagers who use the Internet on a pathological basis are at a higher risk for depression. Pathological Internet use is defined as “uncontrolled or unreasonable” use of the web. And, besides depression, pathological Internet use has been associated with relationship problems, physical health issues, aggressive behaviors, among other psychiatric symptoms. The group
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Teen Drug Abuse Statistics: Positive News?

Oct 25th, 2010 | By

The results from a 2009 survey by Monitoring the Future (MTF) showed some positive results regarding teen drug abuse. According to the MTF survey, there were drops in tobacco, methamphetamine (from 2.3% to 1.6%), cocaine (from 4.4% to 3.4%), alcohol, and hallucinogen (from 5.9% to 4.7%) use among 8th to 12th graders. However, there were some numbers from the survey that are still troubling. Marijuana is still being used just
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Is Your Child on Drugs?

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By

A screening and assessment is used to get a complete picture of your child’s relationship to drugs to make sure that they will be referred to the right level and type of treatment. The assessment should be conducted by a certified addiction professional , an Addictionologist, or a doctor who is accredited by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, (ASAM). Problems with addiction are a specialized field and a specialist
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Schizophrenia Signs Found in Babies’ Brains

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By

Schizophrenia is a fairly rare mental disorder that only affects about 1 in 100 people around the world. Unfortunately, most cases aren’t detected until the person begins to experience symptoms associated with schizophrenia, such as delusions and hallucinations. If a diagnosis can be made earlier, the treatment may be more effective. There’s evidence that this may be possible very early on. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
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