Gender dysphoria is a complex condition where patients feel a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity. Biological sex is assigned at birth by genitalia, but gender identity is the gender that you identify with as more representative of you. For example, a person...
People often associate actors with glamorous lifestyles filled with partying and an active nightlife. Because actors receive so much media attention, the general public has long been influenced by their actions and behaviors: people want to wear what celebrities wear and even mimic their...
Prescription drug addiction affects countless people each year. Most of these individuals never set out to get high; they simply fill a legitimate prescription for some malady, but when the time comes to stop using the drug, they cannot quit. Some lie to their doctors about losing...
There are serious and possibly even disastrous consequences from storing drugs improperly. Drugs are typically stored in the bathroom medicine cabinet. This seems perfectly logical and reasonable at first, but on further reflection the problems with this practice become apparent. For one...
When many people think about substance abuse and addiction, they usually do not think about their elderly loved one. However according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the elderly are at risk with usage statistics including the following: Nearly...
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsored an investigation of the relationship between substance abuse and suicide that resulted in a publication entitled, “Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention: Evidence & Implications.” This report found...
Energy drinks have become quite popular and some people mix them with alcohol. These drinks contain extremely high levels of stimulants such as caffeine, taurine and ginseng, and they promise users sustained energy and the ability to party longer and harder. College students, teenagers...
According to the Center for Disease Control, “binge drinking accounts for more than half of the estimated 80,000 average annual deaths and three quarters of $223.5 billion in economic costs resulting from excessive alcohol consumption in the United States.” In their January 10, 2012...
Would you take a fistful of antibiotic pills without guidance from your medical professional? What about when you visit your dentist? Will you happily submit to a root canal without your dentist’s guidance on medication to numb your tooth? There is a reason that medical professionals...
A drug cocktail is a combination of two or more drugs taken at the same time. Taking a drug cocktail is also called “speed-balling,” which is the intravenous use of heroin or morphine and cocaine. While the term was initially used to include these specific drugs, it is now more...
An attempt at suicide is a person’s way of ending unbearable pain. Fortunately, there are many ways to help those who attempt suicide through drug overdose. Patients can recover and live happy lives. Warning Signs of a Suicide Attempt While any one sign of suicide does not mean a person...