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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


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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