The effects that drugs have on the body

Brain imageEven if drug use doesnt lead to addiction, it can still have a huge impact on the body. Here we highlight the most commonly used drugs in the UK and how it can affect your mood, brain, body and even worsen health problems.

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A rising number of students are seeking help for stress

college stressWarnings have been issued about the rising number of students who are struggling to cope with university life as there has been a sharp increase in the demand for counselling.

These services are currently facing an annual rise in demand of about 10% which equates to at least 115,000 students. The report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England even found that one institution witnessed an annual increase of more than 50%.

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Can machines really be used to help detect depression?

depression a z compA team of scientists at the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of California have developed an innovative new way of detecting the signs of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Study reveals that brain dysfunction persists for years after heroin abuse

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The first brain imaging study to evaluate the long-term outcomes of former drug addicts has revealed that brain dysfunction is still sustained even after at least three years of abstinence from heroin.

Although brain abnormalities in individuals who are currently addicted to the drug or who are newly abstinent have been well documented, this is the first known trial to look into brain function after multi-year abstinence.

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Employers are being urged to address mental health issues in the workplace

MH at workThe shocking results of a new survey has led to calls being made to employers to address mental health issues once and for all.

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List Of Websites To Help You Stay Sober

3485581Cutting down and stopping drinking is often just the beginning, and most people will need some degree of help to stay alcohol-free in the long term.

We have created a List of useful websites which give you more information on how you can stay sober and stay on the path to recovery.

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The most anxious places to live in the UK

b2ap3 thumbnail depresion page 1A new study carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the five most anxious places to live in the UK.

Participants were asked overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?The results were measured on a scale of 0 (not anxious at all) to 10 (completely anxious) and an average was worked out to get an overall figure for residents in different parts of the country.

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The rise of over-the-counter painkiller addictions

Drug related accidentsA survey commissioned by ITVs Tonight programme has found that an incredible 900,000 people across the UK could be misusing over-the-counter painkillers. Even more concerning is the fact that the majority of these cases involve Codeine - a drug which is derived from morphine.

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Dorset has the highest number of eating disorder admissions in the UK

EDAccording to statistics from the Heath and Social Care Information Centre (HSIC), the county of Dorset has one of the highest levels of eating disorder admissions in the UK. Other parts of the country which experience the highest admissions include Barnet, Camden, the Isle of Wight and both Northern and Western Devon.

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Life Works Joins The Priory

An open letter from Chris Cordell, Life Works Hospital Director,

As a valued supporter of Life Works you know yourself that Life Works has been a leading provider of addiction and behavioural health care in the UK for the past 10 years. During this time we have gone from strength to strength, building on our dedication to recovery, our excellent clinical model, our impressive outcomes and the high value we put on our relationship with the recovery community, alumni and our referrers.

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Drug-related deaths in England reaches record levels

Drug related accidentsThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of people who died from drug poisoning in England in 2014 was the highest figure since modern records began in 1993. The news comes shortly after it was announced that the number of drug-related deaths has also reached record levels in Scotland with 613 deaths occurring last year.

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Manchester welcomes new 24-hour mental health helpline

aftercare planningA 24-hour mental health helpline has just been made available to residents in Manchester who are suffering from depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

The scheme is staffed by people who have previously suffered from mental health difficulties themselves and will therefore be able to offer advice and support to those who need it when a doctor or counsellor may not be available.

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One in 10 male gym-goers feared to suffer from bigorexia

extMuscle dysmorphia, also known as bigorexia is still relatively unknown yet its believed that one in 10 men in the UK who are regular gym-goers could be suffering from it.

The anxiety disorder causes someone to believe that theyre small despite being big and muscular. Although it can affect both men and women, more men have been known to suffer from it as theyre feeling increasing pressure to achieve the idealmuscular body as so frequently portrayed by the media.

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What is bigorexia and what are the signs?

EDBigorexia is an anxiety disorder that’s hitting the headlines as it’s feared that one in 10 men who regularly go to the gym could be suffering from it.

What is bigorexia however? It is also sometimes referred to as muscle dysmorphia or reverse anorexia and it has become more of a concern in recent years as research shows that men are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their perceived body images. Although it’s far more likely to affect men, women have been known to suffer from the condition as well.

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America calls for depression screenings to help prevent suicides

imagesLast week, National Suicide Prevention Week helped to raise awareness about suicide and how its devastating hundreds of thousands of lives all around the world.

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Teenagers are struggling to cope with the pressures of social media sites

SMNew research from the University of Glasgow has suggested that teenagers feel they need to be available on social networking sites 24/7 and its resulting in depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation.

Subjects aged between 11 and 17 were questioned about their overall (but specifically night-time) social media use. Following this, their sleep quality, self-esteem and emotional investment into these sites were also measured and then analysed.

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Study claims that marijuana users may be more likely to develop diabetes

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New research has suggested that people who smoke marijuana are more likely to develop pre-diabetes than those who have never used it.

In a sample study carried out in America, it was found that adults who currently use the drug are an incredible 65% more likely to have poor sugar control - a factor which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Those who no longer smoked marijuana but had used it more than 100 times in their life, had a 49% greater chance of developing the condition.

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Excessive working hours are soaring and contributing to a rise in mental health problems

MH at workThe number of people in the UK working excessive hours has risen by 15% since 2010 and it’s having a significant impact on our mental and physical health. As well as affecting our personal lives however, this is also causing a huge strain on the NHS and benefits system.

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Beating back to school anxiety

Mental health schoolSeptember can be an incredibly anxious time for children. They may be worried about starting at a new school, making new friends, dealing with new teachers and doinghomework and exams once again. If your child is struggling with the idea of going back to school, here are some great ideas to help ease them in gently.

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Are workout supplements contributing towards the rise in eating disorders amongst men?

GYMFor decades now, women have struggled with the constant pressure they face to look good and have the perfect figure. With more and more lean, muscular men with perfectly sculpted abs adorning the covers of mens health and fitness magazines, womens glossies and even films like Magic Mike focusing solely on the male body, what was once a predominantly female problem, is now becoming a serious issue amongst men too.

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