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Depression may prompt teenagers to depend on e-cigarettes, says study

Depression may prompt teenagers to depend on e-cigarettes, says study

Electronic cigarettes were initially introduced as an effective alternative to traditional cigarettes. Scientists hailed e-cigarettes as an important discovery as some studies published during initial stages stressed on how efficacious e-cigarette use would be for those seeking relief from their smoking habits but are not able to rid themselves of their dependence on nicotine. Elaborating on what led to the rising popularity of e-cig use in America, Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said, “If there is a public health benefit to the emergence of e-cigarettes, it will come only if they are effective at helping smokers stop using cigarettes completely, responsibly marketed to adult smokers and properly regulated to achieve these goals.” Continue reading

N-acetylcysteine: Potential pharma intervention to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder

N-acetylcysteine: Potential pharma intervention to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder

The co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) often turn out tobe a challenging situation for people suffering from both the problems simultaneously. As it is often difficult to know the source of the symptoms, it is quite problematic to diagnose dual diagnosis.However, a new drug is paving new grounds for a potentially more effective treatment for the coexisting diseases like PTSD and SUD. Continue reading

Passive smoking toxic enough to trigger depression

Passive smoking toxic enough to trigger depression

People who have been dismissing the idea of quitting smoking with the logic “their health their decision” need to get their facts right. Such adverse are the repercussions of smoking that even secondhand smokers exposed to smoking at public places and home are not spared of developing health problems, such as lung disease, heart diseases, mental health problems, etc. This is primarily because tobacco smoke contains many toxic chemicals and 70 cancer-causing chemicals. Continue reading

Fighting the twin battle of drinking and depression

Fighting the twin battle of drinking and depression

When in trouble, drink. This seems to be the norm for many people across the United States, however, it needs to change fast to avoid any long-term negative consequences of drinking. In the current scenario, everyone has to deal with stress associated with the lifestyle choices surrounding work, friends and other social activities, which affect him or her in more ways than one. Stress seems to be the common evil prevalent across all age groups, which can wreak havoc by causing major damage to the sufferer’s mind and body. However, the problem aggravates when the stress leads to depression over time, which, in turn, can have disastrous consequences on a person’s psyche, leading to life-threatening conditions. Continue reading

Specifics of exacerbated mental illness from substance abuse

Specifics of exacerbated mental illness from substance abuse

Mental illness can bring about many complications in one’s life in many different aspects. While some are unable to meet responsibilities due to struggles with depression, others experience family struggles due to bipolar disorder. And those who choose to turn to illicit drugs as a means of better adaptation only exacerbate their symptoms in the process. Continue reading

Rein in your eating habits to manage depression

Rein in your eating habits to manage depression

A negative feeling is often linked to eating disorder, and depression is no exception. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9 percent Americans suffer from depression. One of the reasons for depression is distress, triggered by eating disorders. According to experts, people suffering from eating disorders are more likely to suffer from depression than those with healthy eating habits. Continue reading