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Ask the Doc: FAQs about cybersex addictions

How do I know if I'm a cybersex addict? If you repeatedly spend more time on cybersex activities than you intended, continue despite significant negative consequences in your life (relationship strain, problems with work performance, your health, or behaviors that put you at risk for legal problems), and if you are obsessed or preoccupied with cybersex activities when you should be focused on other aspects of your life, you are likely a cybersex addict. Research informs that as a rule of thumb, cybersex addicts spend 11-12 hours a week on the internet, but often it is double or triple ...

October 16, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | Health

Looking back on gloom, looking forward with hope

Depression has been with us since we evolved into thinking, feeling beings. Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates referred to Democritus who wrote a treatise on "melancholy," (what we call "depression"). In 1586 Timothy Bright wrote "a Treatise on Melancholie," credited as the first psychiatric book in the English language. In 1621, Robert Burton wrote "The Anatomy of Melancholy," arguable the first self-help book in the English language.

September 30, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | News Columnists

The link between PTSD The link between PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse are closely connected. Although the link frequently goes unrecognized, PTSD is one of the most common dual diagnoses for those with substance abuse problems. Research confirms that among women in treatment for substance abuse, 30 to 59 percent have co-occurring PTSD; among men in treatment for substance abuse, 11 to 38 percent have current PTSD. Women with PTSD and substance abuse typically experienced childhood physical and/or sexual abuse; men with both disorders typically experienced crime victimization or war trauma. Among those with both PTSD and substance abuse, four patterns are common.

July 03, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | Health

Advice for students who won’t want to return to school

Reluctance to go to school is one of the most troubling symptoms of generalized anxiety, social anxiety or separation anxiety in children. They may plead to be excused from school, complain of illness or find reasons to be sent home if forced to go. The problem may be a fear of leaving home or a fear of school itself. They may find themselves compared with others and sometimes shamed by critical teachers or peers or frightened by bullies.

The problem may develop after a brief illness, an accident or the death of a pet or relative; sometimes a new school ...

June 26, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | News Columnists

Anxiety in children: a look at treatment options

Not surprisingly, parents who have a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder often struggle to choose the right treatment. They are frequently apprehensive, and rightly so, about the effects of psychotropic medication. They may discover that a good therapist can be hard to find and that the costs in terms of both time and money can be difficult to bear.

April 11, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | News Columnists

Medical conditions can mimic or provoke anxiety symptoms

A 56-year-old man has recently become jittery, tense, anxious and irritable. In addition, he has experienced unexplained weight loss. His wife and children repeatedly ask what's wrong with him, and he keeps saying, "I don't know." He isn't under any major stress that he can identify. So, tired of the semi-conscious worry and fear that they will continuously nag at him, he goes to his doctor for a check-up. The doctor diagnoses an overactive thyroid, treats his condition and the symptoms disappear.

Symptoms vary depending on the specific condition causing them but may include anxiety, panic attacks ...

March 20, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | News Columnists

Boost your brain power, health

 The human brain is a marvel. It has neuroplasticity (can rewire itself) and is capable of neurogenesis (growing new cells). Scientists are studying and identifying factors that positively affect both. Here are six ways determined by research to boost brain power and health.

February 18, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | Health


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