A recent study could aid suicide prevention specialists in saving those who have thoughts of attempting suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in the past year, over 2.2 million adults made a plan for suicide, and more than 1 million attempted suicide.
There are events from your past that trouble you, and you’ve noticed some unhealthy behavior patterns emerging – but how do you know if your struggles have been caused by emotional trauma or something else? Research shows that a number of relatively common experiences, such as car accidents, being diagnosed with a health condition, a significant break-up, or a deeply embarrassing or disappointing experience, can result in emotional trauma.
A new study from Great Britain found that heavy cocaine users have abnormal brain scans, and that the abnormalities may be what causes the addiction, and not vice versa.
The use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes has been increasing over the last decade, and the profile of a typical drug addict is starting to change as well. Now, treatment programs are seeing many over-50 individuals addicted to prescription drugs originally prescribed to treat chronic pain or anxiety problems.
The changes are registering in other ways as well. From 2005 to 2009, there was a significant increase in emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts by women aged 50 and older. There were 11,235 visits in 2005 and 16,757 visits in 2009, an increase of 49 percent.