One in Five School Children Show Signs of Depression

Signs of DepressionMental health campaigners are calling for young people to receive mental health training as a part of their schooling to control the rise in childhood depression.

A recent study by the mental health charity MindFull found that one in five children showed some signs of depression. This includes feeling very sad helpless or anxious.

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Eating disorders can be misunderstood

A common misconception regarding the reasons why people develop anorexia nervosa and bulimia during their life could be stopping some individuals from seeking the right treatment and their families from noticing the potentially life-threatening issue. The common belief upon discovering someone has an eating disorder is that they are attempting to become as skinny as possible in order to compete with models and actresses who fill the pages of tabloid newspapers.

Although this may be true in some cases, it is this stereotype that could result in thousands of sufferers hiding their issues with food from friends and family members for even longer, making it more difficult to resolve. When reading more deeply into the causes of eating disorders, it is easy to see that the mental illnesses are usually considered to be about control and perfectionism, which are traits a high number of patients are attempting to gain. Georgina Routen, 20, from Northamptonshire is one of many young women whose obsession with getting a handle on her everyday life resulted in her weight plummeting to dangerous levels and requiring professional treatment. Speaking to the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, the young lady - who was affected by anorexia from the age of 14 - said it was not until she sought help from the Beat charity that she realised she was not alone. She said: "I was always a perfectionist … And that seems to be a trait that many people who have eating disorders have. I felt subconsiously that I wasn’t good enough compared to the people around me. Now I realise it was twisted, but I felt I could be good at being really thin." Ms Routen revealed to the newspaper what started out as a desire to consume five portions of fruit and vegetables every day soon spiralled out of control and resulted in her performing certain tasks at particular times of day in order to maintain a regimented lifestyle. Now a young ambassador for the eating disorder charity, the former patient said there is often a belief that developing anorexia and bulimia is about looking a certain way. She added: "It definitely crept up on me, it wasn’t, to begin with, about looking thin, I wasn’t even on a diet. I did not need to lose weight, I had a slender build anyway. It was just about being in control." While there are many potential causes that can trigger the start of an eating disorder, there is little to determine exactly why some individuals are affected and others are not - but many experts argue a particular event in a person's life can represent the starting point. BBC Health notes that while there is limited evidence to suggest the illnesses can run in families, it is unclear whether or not those who are raised around someone with anorexia nervosa or bulimia are more likely to develop the conditions themselves. Other factors that are thought to contribute to the start of an eating disorder could include anxiety for some control, a distorted body image, low self-esteem and an expression of deep emotions such as depression that a person struggles to communicate into words.

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Eight year olds treated for eating disorders in Doncaster

eating disorders in kidsMyths of eating disorders affecting mostly young women are being radically disproved, with recent figures from Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust finding that children as young as eight are being sent for treatment.

According to a recent report, more than 40 youngsters under the age of 16 have been referred to specialists to be treated for anorexia nervosa in the past four years.

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NHS Fails to Treat Mental Illness

depression treatmentThe NHS is being accused of failing to address the needs of those suffering from mental health problems. A new report shows the NHS is failing people living with a mental illness. The report, by the Mental Health Policy Group from the London School of Economics or LSE, concludes that the lack of treatment for mental illness is the most “glairing case of health inequality” in Britain.

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Phoning it in, the New Brand of Therapy

Phone Therapy for Depression Phone therapy is helping doctors and patients tackle depression. Phoning it in may be the latest breakthrough in treating clinical depression. A study by Northwester Medicine in Chicago found that phone therapy is not only as effective as regular office visits, it is also easier for patients to continue therapy.

"Reductions of depression are identical, whether you use face-to-face therapy or phone therapy. And drop-out is reduced," said Dr. David Mohr, lead study author and professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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A Chinese Root that may End Binge Drinking

Kudzu binge drinking treatment A new study shows Kudzu may help treat binge drinking. A Chinese root may be the answer to Britain’s alcoholism and binge drinking problems. A new study from McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers has found that extracts from kudzu root drastically reduces drinking and may be useful for treating alcoholism and binge drinking.

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New Research May Hold the Key to Treating Anorexia

anorexia treatment New research has identfied a drug that could help better treat and understand anorexia. A New study may hold the key to the first ever medication designed to treat anorexia. Researchers at the University of Chicago found the anti-psychotic drug olanzapine helps prevent anorexic behavior in mice. While this is only an initial study, the results are promising. In low doses, the drug helped mice maintain their weight despite food restrictions and exercise that would usually promote anorexic behaviors.

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Sufferers from Seasonal Affective disorder Increase

While not always taken seriously by some, Seasonal Affective Disorder, (SAD) is a serious mental health issue that many will suffer from this upcoming winter. There are a number of steps that can be taken to decrease it's effects.

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Depression and Gender

Does there exist a gender difference with regards to being susceptible to the symptoms of depression? While statistics indicate that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men there may be an entirely different reason for these numbers that may surprise some people.

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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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Long Term Maintenance Shunned

Recovery from an addiction is a tough, long term process. A main concern of those who study addiction is that a user could replace an addiction to an illegal drug with an addiction to one prescribed as an alternative aid. It has become clear that to truly end an addiction a number of treatments must be utilized alongside medication.

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Sex addiction recovery, - the mending of a broken heart

The shame of admitting to sex addictionSex addiction, while not yet formally recognized by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders as a diagnosis, is receiving an increasing amount of attention. With mounting reports of high profile personalities (most of whom are male) who site sex addiction as the reason for their extramarital affairs, the controversy surrounding sex addiction has gained currency, and the public as well as the experts seem be divided in two camps, -those that believe it to be an actual diagnosis, and those who believe it is just a convenient excuse. However, in our experience, no one in treatment for sex addiction has ever used sex addiction as an excuse. Rather, the painful consequences of this pattern of behaviour are often so great that absolute desperation drives them into treatment. And what may be treatment of an addictive behaviour is often the mending of a broken heart.

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Eating Disorder Recovery is not Perfect

recovery from an eating disorder may not always be a smooth processRelapses are quite common in eating disorder recovery and while they can easily derail an otherwise great effort to get better, it might be useful to view them as learning opportunities. According to eating disorder expert and psychologist, Sarah K. Ravin, many recovered persons are convinced they will not relapse because they no longer have a drive for thinness or a desire to relapse. While this is an understandable logic, according to Professor Ravin, eating disorders are not rational disorders. The very thing that may have sparked the disorder in the initial stages, such as dieting, might not be what triggers a relapse. It is possible to relapse unintentionally.

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Friends and Family of Gambling Addicts

support for relatives of gambling addictsContinuing on from our latest blog on the issue of problem gambling and gambling addiction, let us turn our attention to those who involuntarily suffer the consequences of this serious addiction; the family members. While all addictions come to affect the emotional wellbeing of family members, perhaps this is particularly so where gambling addiction is concerned. The secrecy that has enabled the behaviours to continue past the point of rectifiable financial damage leaves not just the gambling addict, but the entire family in a vulnerable position. Conflicting feelings may arise, as resentment builds towards your loved one, for having stolen, deceived, and manipulated, and while part of you may want shame the gambler, when a gambler is feeling hopeless the risk of suicide is high. This is why it is important to explore how you, as a family member, can make positive choices for yourself, and balance encouraging your loved one to get help, without losing yourself in the process?

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Depression more prevalent in the Western world

Highest depression rates in western worldAccording to a new World Health Organization (WHO) study, published on July 25 in the journal of BMC medicine, not only are depression rates significantly higher in affluent nations but cases of major depression are on the rise throughout the world. The study concludes that depression is a severe global problem that will change from being the world’s fourth leading cause of disability worldwide, to being the second leading cause of disability by 2020. But how are we to explain these concerning findings.

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Assets and Vulnerabilities for Alcohol Addiction Treatement

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Assets in alcohol addiction treatment

People bring varied assets and vulnerabilities to alcohol addiction treatment. For ourselves or our loved ones, understanding what matters and what works is vital to increasing the chances of success. It’s called alcohol addiction treatment for a reason: we have a medical and psychological condition that responds to proper treatment. Like other medical conditions, it’s not a matter of character or willpower. Like many conditions, sometimes we can manage it with knowledge, changes in behavior, and changes in how we think; sometimes we need medical care as well.  A sound alcohol addiction treatment programme adapts to one’s needs rather than offering a cookie-cutter approach.

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Inside an alcohol rehab clinic

What occurs in alcohol rehab?It is important to choose the right alcohol rehab clinic, as each will have aspects that may be beneficial for you. Life Works believe in a holistic treatment approach, where we tackle the underlying causes of your addiction.

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Can you be addicted to love?

Addicted to love

For the majority of people, the word "love" represents a feeling of warmth and closeness; often, it invokes the ideas of family, home, comfort, and security. It can be difficult to understand how someone can become addicted to love, and what a love addiction is, precisely. When someone falls in love, there is an initial rush of intense feelings: the other person fills their thoughts, they spend periods of time daydreaming, they recall pleasant memories of the loved one over and over. In a healthy relationship, this encourages the evolution of the couple's bond by retaining their interest in and fondness for one another while true intimacy and a lasting love evolves.

For a love addict, they feel a distinct need to constantly be enveloped in those intense feelings and crave an instant connection with their beloved. Often, they are seeking "the One" who will make them feel utterly complete. They may rapidly go through sequential relationships, never knowing what their true needs are, and placing increasing demands on their lovers to fulfil the wants they have conflated with their needs. Their addiction to love is often combined with other obsessive behaviours and risk taking. Eventually, things will crumble around them and they will be left amidst the rubble of broken relationships and broken hearts. Many love addicts have very low self-esteem and they only experience feelings of self-worth inside of a relationship. They may have experienced childhood neglect, abuse, and rejection and think that they can only be considered "good" if someone loves them. This sort of relationship becomes codependent almost immediately, and the addict can seem to begin disappearing into their partner, shedding their personality and anything they feel sets them apart from their lover, in search of a deeper connection. Their depression, anxiety, and fear of abandonment creates erratic behaviours, and the inability to create the "perfect" relationship or be the "perfect" lover can cause them to question their core beliefs or their lives. They are also at risk of attaching to an abuser because they fear what will happen if that person ceases to "love" them -- their terror at being alone is greater than any fear that happens within the relationship. When things begin to fall apart for anyone suffering from an addiction, they can enter a very dangerous mindset or state in which they may be harmful to themselves or to others. It is crucial that they receive help before they slip farther down the spiral. If help is sought with Life Works, a healing plan will be created that includes treating any medical, psychiatric, and psychological issues, and working carefully together to uncover the true reasons for compulsive behaviours and why the person with the addiction feels so empty, and why they must fill themselves with the approval and love of others. Focus is placed on new, healthy coping strategies, and helping the patient create positive relationships and friendships with others. They are also taught how to find value and completeness in themselves.

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