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  1. Many Don't Tell Their Doctor They Feel Depressed

    Sept. 13, 2011 -- More than two-fifths of adults may not tell their doctor that they have been feeling depressed, according to a survey. The reasons vary, but many are concerned that their doctor would prescribe an antidepressant that they don't want to take. Other reasons include the belief that it

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  2. Illegal Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

    Sept. 8, 2011 -- The use of illicit drugs and the nonmedical use of prescription medications is increasing, and this is largely driven by an increased rate of marijuana use, a survey shows. The survey on drug use was released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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  3. 'Bath Salts' Used to Get High Are Now Illegal

    Sept. 8, 2011 - Bath salts -- dangerous drugs sold with a wink to people seeking a "legal high" -- will soon be illegal to possess or sell in the U.S. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has invoked its emergency authority "necessary to protect the public from the imminent hazard posed by

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  4. School Shooting Study Shows Genetic Links to PTSD

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- A study of college students before and after a campus shooting has helped to pinpoint genes that may influence whether or not a person will develop lasting psychological problems after trauma. In 2008, Holly Orcutt, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Northern Illinois Univ

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  5. Seizures in Vets Often Misdiagnosed

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- Seizures or attacks caused by psychological issues may be especially difficult to diagnose in veterans, according to a new study. Researchers found veterans with these seizures, called psychogenic or non-epileptic seizures, often wait many years longer than civilians for proper diag

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  6. Why Memorialize Disasters?

    Does it do any good to memorialize disasters such as 9/11? Do monuments to grief and endless anniversary remembrances re-traumatize us or strengthen our resilience? For good or ill, memorializing is a part of human nature, says Mount Holyoke college professor Karen Remmler, PhD, an expert in the rem

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  7. Risk for Mental Illness Varies by Gender

    Aug. 23, 2011 -- Women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and anxiety, while men are at greater risk for substance abuse and antisocial disorders, according to a new study examining gender differences in rates of mental illnesses. The gender differences may be related to how the sexes d

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  8. 'Bath Salts' Have Effects Similar to Meth, Ecstasy

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- Mephedrone, a key ingredient in the designer-drug mix sold as "bath salts" or as other substances, induces methamphetamine-like cravings in rats. But mephedrone isn't exactly like meth, cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), or other new designer drugs, according to rat studies led by pharmacolog

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  9. Genes Play Role in How Alcohol Affects Men and Women

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- New genetic research may help explain some of the different ways that alcoholism affects men and women. Gender differences in alcoholism have previously been attributed to differences in size and body composition. But the new study suggests that genes may also play a role in the way

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  10. Depression Raises Women's Stroke Risk

    Aug. 11, 2011 -- Depression moderately increases a woman's risk of stroke, according to a new study that confirms earlier research. "Women who had a history of depression or who were currently depressed had about a 29% increased risk of stroke," says An Pan, PhD, research fellow at the Harvard Schoo

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