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Doctor insights on: What Are The 5 Essential Mindsets In Overcoming Alcoholism

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What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

Drug alcohol addicit: This is a serious problem. It seems that we have one of the highest rates in the world. Illicit/illegal drug use is a problem of society and family structure. Breakdown of the family structure results in deviant behavior. Alcoholism is no different. These deviant behaviors appear generation after generation. Correction lies with the family unit which has to be strong and supportive. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more


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Besides food, exercise and sleep, which aspects of our life are most important to our health, and how can we improve them?

Besides food, exercise and sleep, which aspects of our life are most important to our health, and how can we improve them?

Happy and fulfilled: A healthy diet and adequate sleep and exercise are fundamental to good health. It is also crucial to minimize exposure to environmental toxins. But being happy may be the most important of all This generally involves doing work you enjoy, helping others, having good relationships and a spiritual connection. Minimizing stress is important. Exercise, meditation and social support help with this. ...Read more

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I'm aware that a great diet and exercise is healthy for the brain, but what are the best foods in terms of constantly studying for quizzes and tests?

I'm aware that a great diet and exercise is healthy for the brain, but what are the best foods in terms of constantly studying for quizzes and tests?

No straight answer: Not aware of evidence that particular food is better for studying...But in general before studying: -make sure you are physically and mentally rested, like after a nice nap -avoid hunger or thirst -avoid heavy meal right before studying. ...Read more

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What is the aspect of sex addiction & hyper religiousity that keeps people in aa sober?

What is the aspect of sex addiction & hyper religiousity that keeps people in aa sober?

Wow - generalization: Alcoholics anonymous is a program that incorporates spirituality (not religion). Although there are some alcohol dependent individuals who also have sexual addictions - that is by no means the majority. People come back because it provides hope. It helps to keep them alive and helps to keep them sane. ...Read more

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What coping skills are required of those close to the victim of a borderline personality disorder?

What coping skills are required of those close to the victim of a borderline personality disorder?

Gentleness: Those with bpd, despite their emotional problems, are actually often better than average at noticing subtle levels of emotion. Therefore take a deep breath and help get them more comfortable by you dialing down your emotions both the positive and negative. Makes it easier for all involved in the long run! ...Read more

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Please answer! what parts of alcoholism are outside the alcoholics control?

Please answer! what parts of alcoholism are outside the alcoholics control?

Depends on who: You read. Alcoholics anonymous teaches that it is all out of alcoholics' control, and that they must turn their will over to a higher power to gain sobriety. Most of us believe that everyone has the ability to stop drinking and stay stopped, but very few have the ability to resume social drinking, and that any drinking is likely to lead back to alcoholic drinking. Just having one isnt controllable. ...Read more

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What are the traits of someone with good emotional health?

What are the traits of someone with good emotional health?

Range: A way of thinking about normalcy is a range of behaviors for instance if you were to wash your hands one or two times a day, typically that would not be considered abnormal. However, if you were to wash your hands dozens of times per day, that quite likely would be considered abnormal. In this context normalcy should not be thought of in simple terms of yes or no, black or white. ...Read more

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Calcium is important in the neuronal process of learning. Then are consuming calcium and learning better/faster/more easily directly related?

Calcium is important in the neuronal process of learning. Then are consuming calcium and learning better/faster/more easily directly related?

Not exactly that way: The body has plenty of calcium and so keeps the blood level of calcium normal so that brain and nerve functions stay normal. The calcium comes out from the bones, if needed. All a person has to do is eat or drink plenty of calcium, and get a good amount of vitamin d. The bones will store up the calcium for whenever the body needs some. ...Read more

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How does the hypothalamus control eating behaviour? (I'm a Psychology/Biology student looking at the role of dieting in regards to health. Thank you)

How does the hypothalamus control eating behaviour? (I'm a Psychology/Biology student looking at the role of dieting in regards to health. Thank you)

The Hypothalamus: releases hormones and in that process regulates processes such as metabolism, hunger, body temp., sleep, and more. If there are lesions on this small almond-shaped organ it can cause starvation or obesity. Textbooks contain lists of hormones and what they control. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the best book about understanding and living with loved ones suffering from bipolar disorder?

What is the best book about understanding and living with loved ones suffering from bipolar disorder?

Several: There are several good ones. A few: "an unquiet mind" by jamison; "the bipolar disorder survival guide, second edition: what you and your family need to know" by miklowitz; and "when someone you love is bipolar: help and support for you and your partner" by cynthia last. ...Read more

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Does cavemen/paleo diet have benefits in other aspects of lives & what are possible lessons teens could gain from their lifestyles?

Does cavemen/paleo diet have benefits in other aspects of lives & what are possible lessons teens could gain from their lifestyles?

Paleo Diet: Paleo diet can be helpful in autoimmune disease and gastrointestinal disease. Here's a quick start guide... http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-quick-start-guide-paleo-diet.html. ...Read more

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Health and wellness: what are some legitimate criticisms to david agus' book "the end of illness?"

Health and wellness: what are some legitimate criticisms to david agus' book "the end of illness?"

Probably none: Basically it is a book about diet that is appalling in the U.S. I agree that it is the major cause of disease. If you put the wrong fuel into your car, you know what would happen. First it might run poorly and eventually it might ruin the engine. Our bodies and particularly brains run efficiently when we give it the right food. ...Read more

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Which type of establishment, and doctors, handle c-ptsd? All abuse, deranged alcoholism, etc. My perception is diseased. 12 steps do not work

Which type of establishment, and doctors, handle c-ptsd? All abuse, deranged alcoholism, etc. My perception is diseased. 12 steps do not work

Psychiatrists: Psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians, psychologists, ; counselors are trained to help in these areas. Inpatient treatment may be needed, but the greatest expanse of care happens in outpatient settings. 12 steps work for those who work them, and are the most common type of recovery ; support groups. Other alcohol recovery options include smart recovery -- http://www.Smartrecovery.Org/. ...Read more

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What are the affects of drug addiction to students who are engaged to it?

What are the affects of drug addiction to  students who are engaged to it?

Many: Being harmfully involved with substances causes a broad range of difficulties in a young persons life, including academic difficulties, health-related problems (including mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. ...Read more

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Very stressful year(s)with my health, finances, relationships... What is the least problematic/symptomatic way of cleansing the psychological clutter?

Very stressful year(s)with my health, finances, relationships... What is the least problematic/symptomatic way of cleansing the psychological clutter?

Counseling: is at the opposite end of the spectrum from therapy. It helps one deal w/developmental phases of life, life stress, etc. You don't need a psychological diagnosis to get help via counseling. It can speed up and smooth out the process as we move through life. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the effects of alcoholism on children and youth, physiologically speaking?

What are the effects of alcoholism on children and youth, physiologically speaking?

Many: Low self Esteem, Guilt and Despair, feelings of abandonment, chronic depression, anxiety and stress. Often children of alcoholics are physically and emotionally abused. ...Read more

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What are the best safe congnitve enhancers that give limitless brain potential and also uplift mood?Plz suggest some.Im male of age 19.

What are the best safe congnitve enhancers that give limitless brain potential and also uplift mood?Plz suggest some.Im male of age 19.

Luckily, there is...: Nothing in the world that gives "limitless brain potential". It would be unimaginably frightening if anyone had the ability for "limitless brain potential". ...Read more

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What proteins are important in addiction?

What proteins are important in addiction?

Not really : It is the experimentation and socio economic status that plays a major role. ...Read more

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I'm curious about this whole notion of "detoxing" via different programs (i.e. a juice detox) Under what circumstances are they safe to do? Is it true that highly processed foods are "addictive" and add toxins to your body? What about those types of foo

I'm curious about this whole notion of "detoxing" via different programs (i.e. a juice detox)  Under what circumstances are they safe to do?  Is it true that highly processed foods are "addictive" and add toxins to your body? What about those types of foo

Not proven: While the typical American diet with processed foods is not truly "addictive", eating a lot of processed foods, sugars, fats, alcohol, etc, presents a challenge to the body's metabolism. Relying on fasting & juices can affect fluid balance/electrolytes and be dangerous causing heart rhythm problems. Simplifying the diet and avoiding these foods over several weeks can be a safe "cleanse". ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more