Month: March 2014

What is The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and Who Uses It?

Did you ever wonder how a doctor could diagnose a variety of mental disorders after examining a patient with ambiguous symptoms? Enter the DSM. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is used by psychiatrists and clinicians to diagnose psychiatric illnesses. Because the DSM is the manual of record for all mental health professionals in the United States, it is often referred to as the “bible of psychiatry.” The goal of the DSM is to provide an evidence-based manual that is useful to clinicians in helping them accurately diagnose mental disorders. The manual has been revised, updated and republished five times, most recently in May 2013 with the release of the DSM-5. A need for medical science to classify and gather statistics about mental diseases is the inspiration for the DSM. The first real attempt at this started with the 1840 census, though there was just a single category for mental conditions, called idiocy or insanity. The manual as we know it today didn’t come out until 1952 and was largely developed by psychiatrists in the U.S. Army. Though the DSM has evolved and adapted as medical science has progressed, the manual is still broken into three major components. What are the Three Components of the DSM? Diagnostic Classification – these are the mental disorders that are officially...

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15 Inspiring Quotes for Overcoming Difficult Times

“If it was easy, we’d all be doing it.” Okay, that doesn’t count as one of our 15 Inspiring Quotes listed below, but it’s a good example of how one little phrase has the power to neutralize a bad situation and turn it into a better one. Simply hearing, saying, repeating, reading, or writing an inspiring quote or a small nugget of wisdom can have a calming effect and change your entire outlook on the day. At the very least, it can free you from the fear of moving forward or working on the task or goal in front of you. Some of us have experienced days so debilitating, it makes the task of getting out of bed an utter impossibility. Even if things aren’t quite that bad, at some point we’ll all face a difficult situation that causes a small state of fear that overwhelms us to the point where we can’t do anything but panic. Those with severe depression, mental disorders, or in addiction recovery are truly facing a more difficult time than many of us. Much of their day is spent facing a difficult situation that takes time and hard work to repair. But the work makes it all worthwhile. While there are many tools to help during these tough times, successful recovery is best achieved through a mixed approach. Taking the power to recover into...

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A Painful Argument: Is Zohydro The New Super-Oxy?

The pharmaceutical company Zogenix is set to release Zohydro ER, which will be the most powerful narcotic painkiller on the market, some time this month. Meanwhile, critics of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are railing against the decision to approve this opioid medication, claiming it will create an even greater epidemic of abuse and addiction. Why is Zohydro Considered Dangerous? It’s the only approved extended release painkiller containing solely hydrocodone It’s 5 to 10 times stronger than any other available opioid painkiller It will be available in doses as high as 50 milligrams It is intended for patients with severe chronic pain It comes without tamper proof technology, meaning it’s easily crushed and can be consumed in non-medical ways like snorting or injecting “It’s a whopping dose of hydrocodone packed in an easy to crush capsule,” says the president of Physicians For Responsible Opioid Prescribing, Dr. Andrew Kolodny. “It will kill people as soon as it’s released.” The uproar over this new prescription painkiller comes with some interesting details… First, based on growing concerns and statistics regarding the abuse of prescription painkillers, the FDA rescheduled hydrocodone-based opioid drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin as Schedule II narcotics last year. Then one day later, to the dismay of many, the FDA went against the recommendation of its own advisory committee, which voted 12 to 2 against approving Zohydro ER. Will...

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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