Substance Abuse and Suicide

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, resulting in roughly 35,000 fatalities every year. In addition, nearly 11,000,000 American adults attempt suicide without success at some point in their lives. Altogether, people who abuse alcohol and/or drugs attempt to kill themselves nearly six times as frequently as people who…

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.…