A variant of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS), has come up as an effective treatment solution for helping manage and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), revealed a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Read more
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has long been associated with war veterans, who develop this mental disorder due to exposure to violence, bloodshed and mayhem at the war front. However, the condition is also common among female victims of domestic violence, physical assault or sexual harassment. And now, a recent study has identified the mental disorder to be a growing problem among young gang members as well. Read more
Ever since German chemist Anton Köllisch synthesized it in 1912, to control abnormal bleeding, 3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA has come a long way. Commonly abused in dance parties, concerts and music festivals since 1970-80s, MDMA is now classified as a Schedule I substance due to its high potential for abuse with no medicinal use. The drug, also popularly known as Molly or ecstasy is categorized as a hallucinogen along with LSD and other drugs. The 2016 annual survey of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on teen drug use reported that 2.7 percent of 12th graders, 1.8 percent of 10th graders, and one percent of 8th graders were past year MDMA users with males living in the city being the highest consumers. Read more
Dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be challenging and when a loved one is struggling with this disorder, caution must be exercised to avoid hurting or offending the sufferer. PTSD might manifest as a panic attack, a flashback, extreme anxiety, palpitations, etc. It usually develops when one witnesses or undergoes a trauma like war combat, sexual assault, natural disaster, death of a loved one, and so on. Read more
The stress due to some untoward happening or traumatic experience may continue for an extended period and lead to irreparable cognitive defects, resulting in memory loss at an early stage. Reaction to stressful events may range from mild or moderate to extreme in many cases, though not all lead to chronic problems. Read more
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