Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been around for centuries. It has had many different names, such as battle fatigue and shell shock. While it is commonly associated with retired or discharged members of the military, it can affect anyone who has experienced traumatic events. Statistics show that PTSD affects between 7 to 8 percent of […]
Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in America. Its users smoke it as a joint (hand-rolled cigarette), blunt or bong (using a pipe). Other users mix the plant’s stem, seeds, flowers, or leave with their food. Recent developments in the legalization of cannabis add to the common misconception that marijuana use is […]
As China encourages people to return to work despite the coronavirus outbreak, it has begun a bold mass experiment in using data to regulate citizens’ lives — by requiring them to use software on their smartphones that dictates whether they should be quarantined or allowed into subways, malls and other public spaces. A new system uses software to dictate quarantines — and appears to send personal data to police, in a troubling precedent for automated social control.
In our day to day lives, we experience various scary, shocking, and traumatizing events that affect our emotional wellbeing in one way or another. The intensity of the effect may be traumatic to individuals but may lessen with time as they heal or forget about the incident. Some people may find it challenging to get […]
Your relationship with your spouse should make you feel safe. Some couples may experience anxiety, depression, stress, and unhappiness as they cope with being with an addict. Marriages that have a partner that is an addict may end in a breakup. Statistics show that addiction ranks 6th among the leading causes of divorce in America. […]
Heroin was initially engineered to replace morphine, and morphine addiction patients used it to treat the symptoms. People discovered in the 20th century that heroin was, in fact, more addictive and displayed stronger withdrawal symptoms than morphine. Heroin was later outlawed in the United States in 1924. People often abuse heroin because it eliminates pain, […]
Drug addiction has many challenges that face close to 25 million addicts in America. Some addicts struggle to hold relationships with their loved ones. Their addiction makes them withdrawn from them and often leads to actions that harm the people close to them. One step they take in their recovery is to mend these bonds. […]
The initial stages and low levels of stress are good for the body. The low levels of stress are a chemical reaction of the body to help prevent harmful situations. When the body reacts by releasing stress hormones when threatened, it is called a Stress Response. The stress response is also called fight or flight, […]
Many people think the only challenging part of dealing with an addiction is to stop using drugs. However, substance use disorder is a chronic illness. Once you stop using drugs, you begin the tricky part of managing your addiction. You are likely to return to using drugs after your rehabilitation. Statistics show that about 40 […]
Gamblers don’t always make rational decisions. Their approach to any given bet is often influenced by the bets, wins and losses that have come before it—even when those things have no bearing whatsoever on the outcome.