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Teenage Marijuana Use: Effects on the Brain

“Decision making, concentration, and memory can suffer for days after use, especially in regular users.” (http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana) In the United States, believe it or not, marijuana is the most prevalent illicit drug used by teens and adults. The nation's youth has caught on to a contagion, believing that marijuana is a safe drug, alluding to medical… Read more »

Depression Statistics in the State of Florida

Shocking depression statistics from a report generated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) draw attention to the mental health of individuals residing in the state of Florida. Figures derived from this analysis consider such factors as age, severity of mental illness and whether or not treatment has been provided. What are… Read more »

Effects of Drug Addiction on the Brain

Drug addiction can have a severe and lasting impact on one’s entire body, but perhaps most intensely affected is the brain. In fact, drugs can cause intense changes to the brain within mere minutes of entering the body. Lasting Effects on the Brain The entire brain is negatively impacted by drug addiction. The brain has… Read more »

General Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Social Anxiety

More than 40 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety can wreak havoc on a person’s life. One moment you're able to get in the car to drive to work or to the grocery store, but the next you may be left weak and… Read more »

Diagnosing, Understanding And Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

What A Co-Occurring Disorder Is Individuals who struggle with substance abuse sometimes struggle with mental health disorders as well. Called co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, they can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. Mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders are often entwined due to the ability of some drugs to mask or relieve some symptoms… Read more »

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