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What is Binge Eating Disorder?

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Recently recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as one of the three major eating disorders, binge eating is characterized by quick bursts of uncontrolled eating followed by extreme distress due to a lack of control, and generally occurs at least once a week over a period of three months.  MORE  

What is Anorexia?

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Anorexia is a debilitating eating disorder that affects approximately 1% of the U.S. population and has one of the highest mortality rates of all mental health conditions. People who suffer from anorexia nervosa are seriously underweight and have little to no body fat, a condition usually brought on by self-imposed starvation. They exhibit low self-esteem directly related to their body image and express extreme anxiety about gaining weight. MORE  

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

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Characterized by an obsession with weight control and dieting, bulimia is an eating disorder that affects as much as 5% of the U.S. population.  MORE  

Sending Children Home to Die

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What's the reality behind children fleeing Central America? Read this only if you are willing to be disgusted and outraged, including with Obama and HIllary. MORE  

A Guide to Social Media Addiction

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Social Media is a major part of life almost everywhere and most of us know people who spend huge amounts of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and similar services. Much has been written in recent years about compulsive or addictive social media practices or habits.    How can social media be abused? MORE  

What is Hoarding?

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Hoarding is a disorder that by various estimates affects somewhere between 2% and 5% of the U.S. population, a number hard to pin down as it occurs so privately. It is characterized by excessively collecting objects - or animals - and by a marked and often overwhelming anxiety over organizing or discarding items.Hoarders are usually smart, inquisitive people who nevertheless have difficulty letting go of items that are no longer useful, even when surrounded by unsafe levels of clutter and disorganization.   MORE  

A Guide to Gambling Addiction

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Betting, wagering, routine financial risk-taking or speculation such as stock trading are so widespread as to defy the concept of gambling addiction. A majority of people at some point gamble for fun, sport or profit on casino-style card games, dice games, electronic games, betting on sports events, lottery tickets, bingo, stock and money markets, and even games of personal skill (pool, basketball, bowling etc.). MORE  

A Guide to Bath Salts

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Bath Salts are the most popular name for a group of synthetic "party" drugs containing one or more chemicals similar to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the Khat plant. Synthetic cathinones is an umbrella term for several chemicals such as mephedrone, MDVP (3,4 - methylenedioxypyrovalerone), N-methylcathinone (also known as methcathinone or cat), 4-fluoromethcathinone (also known as flephedrone or 4-FMC). MORE  

A Guide to Alcohol

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Alcohol is a colorless flammable liquid that is the intoxicating force inside of wine, beer, spirits, and other drinks. There are different kinds of alcohol. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol), the only alcohol used in beverages, is produced by the fermentation of grains and fruits. Fermenting is a chemical process whereby yeast acts upon certain ingredients in the food, creating alcohol. Fermented drinks, such as beer and wine, contain anywhere from 2% alcohol to 20% alcohol. Distilled drinks, or liquor, contain from 40% to 50% or more alcohol. MORE  

A Guide to Codeine

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Codeine is a widely-used short-acting narcotic that is highly addictive and provides the user with an overall sense of calm and feelings of pleasure. It is a chemical found in small amounts (0.7%-2.5%) in a type of poppy flower, Opium (papaver somniferum), and is more often synthetically made from morphine without being as strong as morphine. MORE  

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