Long-Term Effects of Ritalin Use

Since the 1980s, recognition and treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has grown increased significantly.  Many of those diagnosed with ADHD have been treated with a central nervous center stimulant. Generically, methylphenidate HCl (better known as Ritalin) has become widely accepted in American psychiatry, for the treatment of this prevalent disorder.  Though many studies have

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Postpartum Depression

Becoming a mother is pivotal moment in any woman’s life—one filled with overwhelming sensations, for better and for worse.  Many people assume that because women are physiologically adapted to give birth that they have an innate maternal instinct to guide them through the trials of motherhood.  However, the reality is that motherhood is neither as

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Headaches are the most common form of illness according to the World Health Organization. They routinely come and go, often proving to be a temporary inconvenience. However, for sufferers of chronic headaches and/or migraines, this ailment can be a debilitating occurrence lasting for hours, and in rare cases, even years. In order to better understand

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Until 1980, the prevalent mental illness we now know as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) didn’t exist within the confines of psychology.  At that point, it was finally added to the DSM, describing the symptoms that enabled millions of people to receive the diagnosis and treatment they so desperately needed.  Though our understanding over the last

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ADHD and Sleep Disorders

Did you know that out of the nearly 20 percent of the population currently experiencing mental illness in some form or another, nearly 45 percent of them have more than one?  The medical term for this statistical oddity is comorbidity, and it can refer to having more than one of any chronic ailment—not just mental

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Sports and Mental Illness

When it comes to physical activity, most people are aware of the many benefits that accompany it.  Whether you’re exercising or participating in sports, both are known to improve your physical health, as well as your mental wellbeing.  With the positives featured largely in the limelight, most of the public was shocked when, recently, a

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According to recent reports, approximately 1 in 6 people in the United States are currently taking medication for a mental health issue.  While this means they’re being proactive and seeking treatment, it also means they’re most likely dealing with a host of unwanted side effects from said prescriptions.  Thus, more and more individuals are looking

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Mental Health and Geography

When considering risk for mental health issues, a number of factors come into play, including family history, gender, and physical factors.  However, internal variables, such as these, aren’t the only influences; external forces, like your environment and specific location may have a bigger role to play than previously thought. Since the mid-twentieth century researchers have

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Men and Women

At a time when gender fluidity is a hot topic of conversation, in the neuroscientific community, researchers are actually exploring the discrete differences between men and women.  Gone are the days where these disparities can be explained away by the adage:  “Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus.”  Statistics have shown that men experience

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Minority Mental Health

If you don’t know the name Bebe Moore Campbell, you probably should.  Not only was she a prominent African-American author in the late 20th century, but she’s also the reason July is National Minority Health Month in the United States.  In fact, this month is officially “Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”,

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