Each year, millions of American women become pregnant without any prior planning; significant numbers of these women do not welcome their pregnancies. In a study published in October 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from two American universities compared alcohol consumption patterns among pregnant women who wanted to be pregnant to the consumption patterns of pregnant women who didn’t want to be pregnant. Among other things, these researchers concluded that women with unwanted pregnancies have higher chances of previously engaging in binge drinking.
According to the European Society of Cardiology, about 18 percent of patients who suffer a heart attack develop major depressive disorder in the year after the attack. Now, new research from Lithuania suggests that women are more vulnerable to depression as well as anxiety after a heart attack.
Many mental health disorders result from a combination of factors, including family history, environment and personality. A new study says that if you think you have bipolar disorder because someone else in your family had it, then you tend to do a better job coping with the illness.
Exercise can help the brain fight depression, and this isn’t exactly new information. The fact that exercise can play a role in helping to both prevent and treat depression has been known for some time. But exactly how exercise works to fight depression in the brain, on a neurobiological level, hasn’t been well understood — largely because science doesn’t fully understand depression itself on a neurobiological level.
The ability to track your alcohol-related risk depends largely on your ability to accurately track your alcohol serving sizes. However, not all people are aware of what constitutes an alcohol serving or know how many daily or weekly servings increase their exposure to drinking problems.
Weight gain is a common side effect of going through rehab for drug or alcohol addiction. For many facilities, the primary goal is to get patients sober and to keep them sober. This is understandable, but often other health issues fall by the wayside as a result. For instance, smoking has long been considered acceptable for addicts in recovery. Transferring addiction to cigarettes has always been seen as a decent trade-off for staying away from hard drugs. Food has also been a trade-off. If a recovering addict wants to eat sugar and fatty foods and it helps her stay clean, why not? Attitudes are shifting as rehab facilities focus on a total wellness approach to recovery.
If you are single, you might think that getting sober will solve some of the romantic problems that you had when you were actively abusing alcohol and drugs. You no longer have to worry about embarrassing yourself by getting wasted after only one or two dates with someone, and you don’t have to worry about saying or doing things under the influence of alcohol or drugs that you wouldn’t have done had you been sober.