When the Doctor Is the Addict

Self-medication and prescription drug abuse are problems that almost all doctors have to deal with in some form or another. Self-medication is defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as “the selection and use of medications by individuals to treat self-recognized or self-diagnosed conditions.” The practice of self-medication is risky for a variety of…

Can Simple Finger Test Predict Suicide Risk?

People affected by depression-related mental disorders have increased chances of attempting and committing suicide. Examples of these disorders include major depression, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) and various forms of bipolar disorder. In a study published in September 2013 in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, a team of Swedish and German researchers examined the usefulness of…

What’s the Difference Between a Personality Disorder and a Mood Disorder?

It’s often hard to tell the difference between mental health conditions—particularly for those untrained in psychology. Talking to your doctor or another treatment specialist can help. It’s also a good idea to read up on different disorders for more insight. If you’re unsure about mood disorders vs. personality disorders, read on to find out more.…

Adults Fear E-Cigarettes Will Encourage Kids to Start Smoking Tobacco

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are designed to provide doses of vaporized nicotine to users when activated. Some current research indicates that these devices may prove useful as nicotine replacement products for people trying to quit smoking. However, other research indicates that the devices may serve as gateways for further nicotine use among teenagers and younger…