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New Studies Shed Much-Needed Light on Alcohol-Induced Memory Blackouts

National survey studies suggest that roughly one in four college students who drink will experience a blackout in a given year, making blackouts a surprisingly common outcome of excessive drinking. Blackouts are periods of amnesia, caused by excessive consumption of alcohol, during which a person actively engages in behaviors but…

Link Between Metabolic Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease Examined

No effective treatments are currently available for the prevention or cure of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most frequent form of dementia in the elderly. The most recognized risk factors, advancing age and having the apolipoprotein E Ɛ4 gene, cannot be modified or treated. Increasingly, scientists are looking toward other risk…

Study Links Prescription Drug Abuse and Depression, Suicidal Thoughts in College Students

A new study finds college students who use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes are at increased risk of depression and thoughts of suicide. The researchers analyzed the answers of 26,600 college students who participated in a national research survey by the American College Health Association. They were asked about their…

Treating Childhood Anxiety With Computers, Not Drugs

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, one in eight children suffers from an anxiety disorder. And because many anxious children turn into severely anxious adults, early intervention can have a major impact on a patient’s life trajectory. The understandable reluctance to use psychiatric medications when it comes…

What is histrionic personality disorder?

The trial of  Jerry Sandusky has begun. Prosecutors accuse the former Penn State assistant football coach of abusing at least 10 boys, allegations that have become widely known. What may be less familiar is a mental illness his lawyers are connecting with him: Histrionic personality disorder.  The defense attorneys say…