Traditionally we are all accustomed to hearing about our country’s GDP—unofficially the most useless figure ever—unless you live in an industrial city and work in the manufacturing sector. To understand the Gross Domestic Product’s most obvious shortfalls, we need only to look at the purpose it was developed for: measuring the U.S.’ national income in the time of war-fueled industrialization. This means that while the GDP takes into account elements like consumer spending, imports and exports, it actually misses out on the most important area of a society: the well-being of its people.
2016-10-19 | telesurtv.netRead More
In the early years of my clinical practice as a psychologist treating heroin users, I commonly saw adolescents and young adults using heroin as their first drug. A typical client was a male in his mid-teens, perhaps a runaway or living in foster care, or someone who had been in and out of juvenile detention, or dropped out of school and who was court-ordered into treatment. When we saw older heroin users in treatment, it was considered unusual. That’s not the case anymore.
2016-10-18 | medicaldaily.comRead More
The term self-medicating simply means using a substance or engaging in a behavior to satisfy a physical or psychological need. Quite often, though, self-medicating means relying heavily on legal or illicit substances, like alcohol or drugs. As a manifestation of addiction, such self-medication is especially problematic for patients with depression. Those who battle depression, and especially those who are predisposed to addiction, may try self-medicating before or instead of seeking professional help, which can make their underlying problems even worse.
2016-10-18 | psychcentral.comRead More