Orthorexia

Orthorexia, also known as orthorexia nervosa, is a term some doctors use to describe an unhealthy obsession with creating a diet limited only to foods that support optimum well-being. While a number of health professionals have pushed for classification of this condition as a distinct type of eating disorder, orthorexia is not officially recognized by…

Sexual Addiction as a Recognized Mental Health Disorder

Sexual addiction, or hypersexual disorder, is a form of behavioral addiction that belongs to a larger group of conditions known as process addictions. Until recently, these addictions received no official recognition from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), an organization that defines and categorizes mental health disorders in the U.S. However, this organization has now started…

Alcoholism and Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is the medical term for inflammation of the pancreas, an organ near the stomach and liver that secretes several different substances required for the effective processing of food and certain liquids. Some people develop a temporary form of this inflammation called acute pancreatitis, while others develop an ongoing form of inflammation called chronic pancreatitis.…

Health Effects of Cocaethylene

Cocaethylene is the name of a unique chemical that forms in the liver when people simultaneously use cocaine and alcohol (known chemically as ethyl alcohol or ethanol). This formation occurs when the presence of ethyl alcohol interferes with the body’s attempts to eliminate cocaine circulating in the bloodstream. According to several different scientific studies published…

Health Effects of Bulimia

Bulimia (bulimia nervosa) is a common eating disorder characterized by repeated cycles of binge eating followed by regurgitation or other forms of food purging. While the superficial source of this behavior is an obsession with body weight, shape or size, underlying motivations for bulimic actions include the desire to relieve anxiety or stress and the…