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Mental Health

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is typically used as a medication for pain relief and anesthesia; however, a 300-599 mg dose of ketamine is often recreationally to induce psychedelic effects in users. Common in party scenes and nightclub scenes, ketamine can often cause users to feel that they’re in a trance or hallucinating. Some users even state out-of-body or… Read More

What is MDMA?

MDMA is a chemical compound that stands for 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It’s a drug often taken at parties, raves, and music clubs because users claim that it creates a strong desire to dance and feel connected to others. In a survey conducted in 2002, about 7.4% of high school students had tried MDMA but only 2.4%… Read More

What are the consequences of cannabis use?

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States. With marijuana laws and policies changing to allow for increased recreational and medical use, it’s important now to understand the consequences of increased marijuana use. Marijuana users frequently have the notion that the drug is “addictive.” However, 9% of those who use the… Read More

Substance Abuse and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that occurs in some people after experiencing a terrifying, horrific, life-threatening event. Combat veterans are often victim to this mental illness, and may suffer from flashbacks and anxiety upon returning from war. Healing from PTSD can often be a long journey that requires a lot of… Read More

Substance Use and Suicide

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. For individuals between 15-25 years old and 25-34 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. In 2014, 9.4 million adults 18 years or older thought seriously about trying to kill themselves in the past 12 months. Of this group, 2.7… Read More

How does detoxification work?

It seems counterintuitive to give drugs to people suffering from substance addiction, but this is often necessary to ensure the patient’s safety. Withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that it results in seizures, hyper-excitability, cessation of breathing, and sometimes death. Delirium tremens is said in the medical community to describe severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms that… Read More

What are benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines (benzos for short) used to be called “mild or minor tranquilizers.” They’re typically prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety disorders, and are a classification of drugs that include Xanax, Valium, and Librium. Rohypnol, although not legal in the United States, is also considered a benzodiazepine that is colloquially known as a “date-rape drug”… Read More

The risks in prescription drug abuse

Drug overdose is the number 1 cause of accidental death in the United States. In any given year, roughly 50,000 people die a year from drug overdose, with more than half of these overdoses related to prescription drugs. The CDC data from 2000-2015 shows that more people die from commonly prescribed opioids than from heroin… Read More

Empty Nest Syndrome

While empty nest syndrome isn’t a clinical diagnosis, it’s often followed by symptoms similar to depression. Parents tend to experience empty nest syndrome when their last child leaves home. While parents work hard to raise independent adults, letting go is painful and emotionally taxing. What are the symptoms of empty nest syndrome? Empty nest syndrome… Read More

What is Love Addiction?

Love addiction might sound like something from out of a movie, but it’s a real addiction that has a true impact on the lives of people suffering from it, as well as those around them. But just what is love addiction and how can it be helped? Read on to find out what love addiction… Read More

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