Social media addiction research has gained increased attention across the world as mental health experts and everyday social media users come to understand that life online can lead to harm, as well as enjoyment. Some of the research in this field focuses on the potential link between frequent use of various online platforms and the chances of developing significant symptoms of depression. Several universities are currently pursuing this line of inquiry.
Posted on April 18, 2016 in Society
A new study finds that earning less money than your spouse will make you more likely to have an affair.
Unequal earnings can cause a number of problems in a relationship, especially if there are other underlying issues. It doesn’t always feel good to be part of an unequal partnership, which may explain why the person on the losing end is the one to cheat. However, if two people have mutual respect, income doesn’t have to matter.
Infidelity in a relationship is usually complicated, and you can never fully cheat-proof you and your partner. However, cheating also doesn’t happen in a vacuum. There are risk factors that make some people more likely to engage in an affair, there are relationship risk factors and there are known reasons why most people cheat. There are also ways that you can minimize the odds that your relationship will fall victim to infidelity.
Posted on January 11, 2016 in Society
Over recent years, polls have shown that Americans are gaining more tolerance for certain controversial moral issues. However, while more and more Americans may be increasing their approval of issues such as stem cell research from human embryos, they are not budging when it comes to their disapproval of adultery.
Observing trends in drug use on a national basis helps policymakers to make decisions about how best to serve the needs of the population. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides regular reports about trends in drug use.
To gather information about drug abuse, misuse and potential drug abuse, SAMHSA relies on the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), which records data about every patient that is treated in a hospital emergency department related to drug or alcohol use. SAMHSA issues regular reports that detail trends tracked from DAWN.
Responding to peer pressure is an important focus of prevention education when it comes to reducing the use of alcohol among young people. Teaching individuals how to respond when friends pressure them is a key component to avoiding initiation of alcohol use. However, pressure to drink is not always so overt. Young people may make choices based on a perceived understanding of what behavior is expected of them.
No one sets out to develop an addiction. Yes, the individual may be searching for an escape, but we truly don’t yearn to give up control over our situation. But this is the impact addiction can have, taking away the choice for that individual. With the right treatment, however, that choice can return.
A recent Huffington Post report looked to research from Brown University that could help create opportunities for new treatment methods. Researchers involved in this project discovered the exact brain regions within test rats where the neutral steps to a relapse in drug use occur. If the researchers can then stop a crucial step in the process, they may be able to stop a relapse that occurs due to stress.
There are many factors which contribute to a person’s risk for addiction and substance abuse. Genetics may be one risk. A family history of substance abuse does not determine that a person will wind up in some form of addiction, but studies reveal that heredity can be a contributing factor. Another significant risk factor is environment. While environment can sometimes refer to the influence of others, research also shows that high-stress work environments can likewise play a role.
A bill moving through the Texas Legislature would make it a requirement for those receiving welfare, unemployment, and other government benefits to pass drug tests. The bill was authored by Republican State Sen. Jane Nelson. She is the chairwoman of the senate’s Health and Human Services Committee. It has already been approved in the Senate and now requires approval by the House of Representatives.
Posted on May 30, 2013 in Society
The dangers of meth, officially known as methamphetamine, but also called crystal, crystal meth, speed, crank, glass, ice, and many other names, are numerous. For years, we have been hearing about meth and how addictive it is and how it causes severe health problems and even deaths. We have even heard stories in the news about meth labs where people create this controlled substance, and often blow themselves up in the process.