Monthly Archives: March 2015

Women Diagnosed With Depression May Instead Be Bipolar

Women Diagnosed With Depression May Instead Be BipolarRecent findings from a team of Spanish researchers indicate that doctors may need to consider re-diagnosing some depressed women with a mixed form of bipolar disorder that includes simultaneous symptoms of depression and mania.

Compared to men with bipolar disorder, women with bipolar disorder have heightened chances of developing simultaneous or overlapping symptoms of mania and depression rather than separate bouts of these extreme changes in mood. In a study published in January 2015 in the journal Psychopathology in Women, researchers from three Spanish institutions assessed the impact of mental health guidelines that allow doctors to diagnose depressed women (or men) with a specific form of major depression, not mixed bipolar disorder, even if they have significant indications of mania.

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When You Feel Like You Don’t Fit in at AA or NA Meetings

When You Feel Like You Don’t Fit in at AA or NA MeetingsGoing to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12-step programs is one of the most successful ways of overcoming active addiction to alcohol or drugs. It is suggested that you attend as many meetings as you can, especially early in sobriety. By going to meetings, you will learn about the disease of addiction and hear the experiences of people who have been able to overcome the compulsion to drink or drug. You will be able to meet a wide variety of people who truly understand what you’ve gone through, and gradually you can build a support network.

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Does Childbirth Qualify as a General Mental Health Risk Factor?

Does Childbirth Qualify as a General Mental Health Risk Factor?Recent findings from a Danish research team indicate that even women who plan their pregnancies have increased chances of developing new mental health problems in the aftermath of childbirth.

Small but significant numbers of women in the U.S. and throughout the world develop serious mental health issues in the aftermath of pregnancy. Researchers have long believed that risks for such postpartum issues largely affect women who didn’t expect to get pregnant. However, in a study published in January 2015 in the journal Epidemiology, researchers from Denmark’s University of Aarhus concluded that elevated risks for new-onset mental illness also commonly appear in women having planned pregnancies.

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Hispanics at Greater Risk of Alcoholic Liver Disease

Hispanics at Greater Risk of Alcoholic Liver DiseaseIn a new study investigating ethnicity as a factor in developing alcoholic liver disease (ALD), researchers have found that Hispanics who drink are at a significantly greater risk than Caucasians or African Americans. The research indicates that ALD, which is the most common type of liver disease in the U.S., is majorly impacted by ethnicity. Ethnicity is a factor in the age of onset of the disease, its severity and how it progresses. The news should serve as a reminder to Hispanics that drinking above and beyond moderate amounts carries serious health risks.

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Panama City Beach Puts New Limits on Spring Break Partying

Panama City Beach Puts New Limits on Spring Break PartyingSpring break will be a little different now that the Panama City Beach City Council has passed new laws to tackle the wild behavior the week is notorious for. While some have laid the blame for the new rules on Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who did a series of segments highlighting the excessive behavior on the Florida beach over spring break, there is little doubt that things can get out of control. The changes impact bars’ opening hours and make it harder to drink on the beach while underage.

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