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Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy is the use of trained dogs or other animals to help human beings with specific health problems. Current evidence indicates that several groups of people, including individuals with cancer, serious heart problems, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can benefit from this form of therapy. The Basics of Animal-Assisted Therapy Animal-assisted therapy is a…

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With Benzos, Withdrawing Is Difficult

With Benzos, Withdrawing Is Difficult The benzodiazepines, or benzos, have been prescribed since 1960 (with Valium). They are a class of psychiatric drugs with hypnotic, sedative, anti-anxiety, euphoric, anti-convulsant, and muscle-relaxant properties. Today, benzos are the largest class of psychiatric drugs prescribed with over 83 million prescriptions in 2009. For all their properties to lower…

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Difference Between MDMA and Mephedrone

MDMA (ecstasy, molly) and mephedrone are two illegal/illicit substances that act as stimulants in the human body. What is the difference between MDMA and mephedrone? Some recreational drug users/abusers treat these two substances as equivalent and interchangeable. However, according to the results of a study review published in March 2014 in the British Journal of…

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Are 12-Step Groups Safe for Women?

Support groups, especially those using the 12 steps, are loved by many and rejected by others. For substance abusers, a support group is an important part of an overall treatment program. The support group provides emotional and social connections with other people with similar experiences. Support groups give recovering addicts a place to go to…

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Bipolar Disorder’s Genetic Roots

Bipolar disorder is a particularly challenging mental disorder because finding the right strategy takes some trial and error. Meanwhile, the patient and their family may find it difficult to perform daily activities. The findings of a new study may help identify patients at risk for bipolar disorder. The study investigated bipolar disorder’s genetic roots. UCLA…

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