How to spot the signs of addiction

An estimated two million people who live in the UK are battling an addiction. Despite advances in awareness and support available, misconceptions remain regarding addictions.

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Survey reveals a rise in violent crime in pubs across Great Britain

police 2An analysis of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to police forces across Great Britain have found that more than two thirds of areas have experienced a rise in violent crime in pubs in 2014 and this trend is set to continue throughout 2015.

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Smoking Could Cause Schizophrenia

smoking causes psychosis Scientists have suggested that smoking may be a risk factor for developing psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. While this association has been noted before, little research has been conducted into whether or not smoking could actually be a casual factor for psychosis.

Researchers at Kings College London have however just conducted an analysis of 61 different studies and nearly 300,000 participants and have found that daily smokers who did develop psychosis did so on average, one year earlier than casual smokers. Data published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal also notes that people who suffer from psychosis are three times more likely to smoke than the general population.

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The Most Common Types of OCD

Understanding OCD Last week we posted a blog about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), what it is and what the symptoms are. As OCD can affect people in so many different ways, below we have covered some of the most common types of the disorder.

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Fitness Addiction Can Cause Withdrawals

exercise addiction Most people know that alcohol addicts can go through withdrawal when they stop drinking but a new Danish study shows the same is true for fitness addicts. 

The research shows that people who develop an unhealthy need to engage in strenuous exercise have very real withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to stop. 

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