What Do These Addictions Possibly Have in Common?

(DGIwire) – Bulimia Nervosa, drug abuse, alcohol abuse: what, if anything, do these conditions have in common? Increasingly, researchers are coming to believe the answer may lie in how the brain’s reward center responds to food, opioids and alcohol. And some believe that learning more about what is going on inside the brains of those […]

Substance Use Disorder and Bipolar Disorder: Potential Links

(DGIwire) – Teenagers suffering from bipolar disorder are especially at risk of developing later drug problems by the time they reach adulthood, according to research published in August 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. For the study, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a follow-up investigation of more than 100 teenagers diagnosed with bipolar […]

Binge-Eating Disorder: Developments Pave Way for New Treatments

(DGIwire) – Binge-eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food, often very quickly and to the point of discomfort, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Now researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, publishing in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, claim to have […]

Opioid Abuse, Gambling, Binge Eating: Could a Nasal Spray Help?

(DGIwire) – What do opioid abuse, addictive behaviors like gambling, and binge eating have in common? Each is a chronic relapsing brain disease, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and million of Americans experience at least one of them. Here is a snapshot of each type of these destructive behaviors: Substance abuse disorders: […]

To Shed Light on Eating Disorders, a Versatile Actress Takes the Spotlight

(DGIwire) All actors and actresses crave dramatic roles, but few have had a chance to intervene in the real-life drama affecting their audiences—like the millions of Americans with eating disorders. One who is doing so is Paten Hughes, an American who trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London as well as Washington […]

Dramatically Exposing Eating Disorders

(DGIwire) – Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Yet the stigma surrounding these disorders allows many to suffer alone to face the threat of […]

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