Author: Nikki W

What is Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, and Medications

What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a disorder characterized by a deteriorating ability to function in everyday life and by some combination of hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders, movement disorders, and inappropriate emotional expressions. Schizophrenia typically begins in early adulthood. The symptoms vary so greatly that you could easily find several people with the same diagnosis who have almost nothing in common. Schizophrenia can either be acute or chronic. An acute condition has a sudden onset and good prospects for recovery. A chronic condition has a gradual onset and a long-term cause. Symptoms of Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is characterized by both new...

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What is Drug Addiction

What is drug addiction? Drug Addiction is defined as a dependence on a legal/illegal drug or medication. Many people are able to use prescriptive drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. Therefore, drug or substance addiction only arises when someone compulsively engages in the consumption of such substances despite the adverse consequences. These consequences can be physical, emotional or social. According to the SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug problem in 2009. Classed as a disease of the brain, drug addiction can lead...

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Beauty and The Beast: The Road to Recovery From Self-Harm

Self-harm didn’t feature at all in my childhood. The notion seemed absurd and reserved for soap operas trying to shock. But, as the years have past the occurrence seems to have become so much more commonplace amongst our younger population. I find myself questioning if self-harm is on the increase or has the subject just become a little less taboo. Why is this condition taking such a tight grip of our future generation and what steps can be taken to start on the road to recovery from self-harm? I was recently introduced to a stunningly attractive young lady. A...

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