Archive | January, 2015

Don’t Bet Your Life

With the proliferation of gambling casinos, Internet gambling sites, state lotteries,and other gambling venues that make it easier to make bets, it’s no wonder that the number of Americans with gambling addictions can be counted in the millions (an estimated 2%-5% of the population). Seemingly, no one is spared from this impulse-control problem. While men […]

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Mens Way of Dealing

Depression is more common among women than men, but men’s depression is more difficult for the untrained eye to detect. For instance, we might expect symptoms of depression to include lack of motivation, sadness, and fatigue, which is largely true. However, about half of depressed men tend not to display these classic symptoms. Instead, they […]

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Cancer Diagnosis Increases Suicide Risk

Patients presented with cancer diagnoses are likely to experience fairly immediate reactions, both physical and psychological. On the one hand, a cancer diagnosis has been found to increase the likelihood of dying from a cardiovascular cause (heart attack); on the other, being diagnosed with cancer is associated with an increased risk of committing suicide. The […]

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Dealing with Insomnia

If getting to sleep is a problem, a method known as “cognitive refocusing treatment” may help empty the mind of worrisome thoughts that might be blocking slumber. Much like counting sheep, the technique involves performing personally engaging yet non-stimulating mental tasks (such as reciting lyrics) when falling asleep or waking up at night. This method […]

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Feeling Anxious?

Anxiety disorders are the most frequently occurring mental health problems among the general population. While anxiety is a natural reaction to stress, it can become excessive to the point of disrupting a person’s life. If so, behavioral therapy may be an effective form of treatment. It is based on the belief that, by changing their […]

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Do We Live in an Age of Anxiety?

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, 2% to 4% of Americans suffered from an anxiety disorder in 1980. Fourteen years later, that number increased to 14%, and then to 49.5% in 2009. This tremendous increase means that either we are getting better at diagnosing anxiety or that […]

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Struggling with Heart Failure

Because heart failure (HF) can lead to significant health complications and reduced quality of life, both male and female patients can become depressed as a result. While depression is more common among women HF patients, men with HF often suffer depression of greater severity. This may be due to the fact that the physical weakness […]

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Suicide Deaths Surpass Highway Fatalities

The grim news, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, is that suicide has exceeded automobile crashes as the leading cause of injury-related death in this country. While the percentage of deaths related to vehicle crashes has dropped 25 percent over a recent nine-year period, the number of suicides has increased 15 […]

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Facing One of Life’s Certainties

Chances are that every one of us will grieve over the loss of a close friend or relative. While there is no question that grief is nearly universal, there has been some debate as to whether the frequent crying spells, depressed mood, sleep disturbances, and loss of appetite so common to the bereavement process may […]

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Feeling Stressed at Work?

If you feel stressed at work, you are hardly alone. A recent poll of nearly 900 American employees shows that about three in every four are stressed at work. For the second consecutive year, low pay is the most common cause of work-related stress. Poor work/life balance; lack of advancement opportunity; working outside one’s chosen […]

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