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Day: July 23, 2013

Weight Loss Drug Helps Curb Cocaine Addiction

Topiramate, an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of epilepsy and weight loss, may also prove effective in helping curb cocaine use in people addicted to both alcohol and cocaine. So say researchers at Penn Medicine’s department of psychiatry in a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. But while prior studies by other researchers indicated …

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Helping SAD Sufferers Sleep Soundly

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a depressive illness that usually appears during the fall and wintertime when daytime light levels start to naturally decrease. It produces symptoms very similar to those associated with major depression and other depression-related conditions. According to the results of a new study published in 2013 in the Journal of Affective …

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New Treatment for Schizophrenia Discovered in Finland

Schizophrenia is extreme form of mental illness commonly treated with a number of medications called antipsychotics, as well as with secondary means such as psychotherapy and a group of life skills training techniques collectively known as psychosocial treatments. Unfortunately, antipsychotic medications sometimes fail to adequately stabilize people with schizophrenia, or produce side effects that make …

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