More 50-65 Year-Olds Using Drugs Then Ever Before

elderly drug usersNew research has tackled the previously unstudied field of how the older generations in UK society use illegal drugs. The results indicate that the percentages of older people using drugs is increasing significantly.When the topic of alcohol and drug use in UK society arises the media tend to focus on younger people. Club drugs, binge-drinking and the availability of legal highs seem to be the most popular topics addressed by journalists and politicians. Rightly or wrongly, these substances and the behaviours that accompany their use and abuse are framed as activities undertaken by younger generations (those under the age of thirty). Rarely are we made aware of how the older generations use intoxicating products. Drug use, it would appear, is a young person’s pass-time.

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The True Cost of Gambling Addictions

gambling addictionGambling advertisements are everywhere and with the rise of online gambling it is easier than ever to place a bet. Internet gambling has led to a massive increase in the amount of women who struggle with a gambling problem. Yet it appears that men and women gamble for very different reasons.Unfortunately, women who are addicted to gambling are rarely understood. Female gamblers are now more common than ever, yet online gambling websites are still advertised on television every day. One victim of online gambling sites was Caroline Shopland-Saich, a marketing executive who's been hitting the headlines this week. Caroline became addicted to online gambling two years ago, and recently used her company credit card to pay off £22,620 to Foxy Bingo. The credit card was given to Caroline by her employer Applegate Media, so she could buy vouchers as a reward for her most successful sales reps. 

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Genetic Link Between Cannabis and Teenage Depression

A long term study recently published indicates that there exists a link between marijuana use and depression at the genetic level. Considering that a large percentage of the population is susceptible to depression this study is further evidence of the damage that can be caused to ones mental wellbeing through drug use.

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Love of Coffee Could Predict Future Cocaine Abuse.

Many people enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning as part of their daily routine. An intriguing new study has made the claim that peoples differing reactions to coffee and energy drinks could be a indication of their susceptibility to developing an addiction to stimulants.

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Under the Knife for Depression

A radical new treatment for depression has recently begun to be utilized in the United States. It involves surgically implanting a pacemaker-like generator into the chest of a person who suffers from chronic depression who in the past has not responded to normal treatment such as medication and counselling.

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More Suboxone Treatment Required Stateside

Leading medical professionals in the United States have called for a review of treatment methods available to doctors regarding opiate addiction. Removing current restrictions on the prescription of the drug Suboxone are highlighted as an important alteration required for the effective treatment of those who suffer from opiate abuse.

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More men in hospital because of Eating Disorders than ever before

Male eating disorders are on the riseNew NHS figures are showing a 66% increase in hospital admissions for men with eating disorders in England over the last decade, and this is believed to just be the ‘tip of the iceberg’, according to the UK eating disorder charity organization B-eat. These figures challenge the commonly held assumption that eating disorders, such as Anorexia and Bulimia are illnesses exclusive to women, although the reality is that poor body image and pressures to conform to the societal notion of a desirable body affects men and women alike.

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Society’s 'Invisible Addicts'

Alcohol addiction increasing in elderlySo a group of experts from the Royal College of Psychiatrics term the growing number of older people in the UK who develop a substance abuse. According to their report one third of those who experience alcohol problems do so later on in life and often in response to challenging circumstances such as bereavement, retirement, or feelings of loneliness and boredom.

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When a mother’s depression affects the child

Symptoms of depression - maternal depressionThe US MedPage Today, published the results of an Australian study on the impact of maternal depression on child behaviour. The findings indicate that that two year-old children of depressed mothers were significantly less likely, when under someone else’s care for a minimum of a half-day each week, to show behavioural problems later on in life. Further to this finding, the study found that behaviour problems in children of mothers who suffer with recurrent depression, is more common.

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Scratching the surface of Eating Disrders: NHS open eating disorder clinic

NHS eating disorder treatmentLocal charities based in Lothian, Scotland have welcomed the opening of an NHS eating disorder clinic, however they indicate that with the capacity of just 12 beds this will hardly scratch the surface of what is actually needed.  Beat, the working name of the Eating Disorders Association,  believes that 1.15 million people in this country have a significant problem but only a minority of these are receiving eating disorder treatment.

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The Diagnosis of Eating Disorders

 

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The Diagnosis of Eating Disorders


BBC Newsbeat today featured an article on the topic of GPs missing the diagnosis of eating disorders in the UK. The article comments on a survey conducted by the charity run organization, BEAT, which reports that 9 out of 10 people in touch with the organization feel that their GP demonstrated a lack of understanding of the disorder and how to treat, support and help those suffering from eating disorders. According to BEAT, many GPs would benefit from increasing their awareness of this life threatening disorder, in order to ensure better diagnosis and earlier intervention.

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