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Developing novel treatments for people with OCD
12-30-16 Category: Mental Health, Treatment Modalities

People who have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) experience intrusive thoughts, fears and/or urges, called obsessions, which are related to cleanliness, symmetry, order or contamination. Someone with this disorder may spend several hours of each day performing repetitive compulsive behaviors such as checking, cleaning, washing and counting to reduce their anxiety. Although many people with OCD […]

Depression and congestive heart failure: Do antidepressants really help?
12-29-16 Category: Advocacy, Depression, Medication

Depression affects approximately 7 percent of adults in the United States each year. A chemical imbalance in the brain causes a depletion of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, resulting in a depressed mood. Diagnosis is made via identifying clinical symptoms that have persisted for at least two weeks. Interestingly, depression can be situational, […]

Is addiction a mental illness?
12-29-16 Category: Addiction, Mental Health

Addiction is a brain disease, but it’s not typically treated as one. Why? What makes addiction different from a mental illness? Is addiction different from a mental illness in the first place? To address this it may help to review some of the similarities and differences between addiction and mental illnesses. The similarities between mental […]

Uncovering U-4: O.C. local succumbs to opioid substance that's skimming through legal loopholes
12-29-16 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Isobel Heim stands with a portrait of her daughter Natasha ( Photo by Charles Kudla /For Sovereign Health ) She had plans. With just six days until Natasha Heim’s 20th birthday, she was in the middle of finals week at Cal State Long Beach, had invited friends to her apartment for her upcoming birthday celebration […]

Recovering from Christmas – mind, wallet and soul
12-28-16 Category: Anxiety, Depression, Stress

With shaking hands and a tired, anxious look in her eyes, she plants both feet on the ground and stands up. She looks around the circle of similar expressions and with a frustrated sigh, confesses, “Hi. My name is Jan, and I’m a Christma-holic.” Surfing social media and news it appears a common consensus the […]

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