Posts Categorized: Behavioral Health

Bulimia and the Damage Done

Recently in the office waiting area, I noticed a wheelchair-bound young woman who was very thin, weak and pale. Though she weighed less than 80 pounds, her ashen, grey skin made her stand out the most. I gathered that this patient had an eating disorder. After consulting with multiple gastroenterologists–including specialists in other states–she sought… Read more »

Anti-Smoking Campaign Targets At-Risk Youth

Almost all smokers get addicted to cigarettes very young, according to The Health Consequences of Smoking, published last month by the US Surgeon General. Nearly 90 percent of smokers start before 18 and 98 percent by 26; three-quarters of all teen smokers become adult smokers. If current trends in smoking and smoking initiation stay the… Read more »

Prevent Relapse with Addiction Treatment

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death is a grave reminder that addiction doesn’t sleep. After more than two decades of staying off drugs, the actor picked up old addictions in recent years. New York City Police officers reported that friends found him dead in his downtown apartment with a needle in his arm. His home contained… Read more »

The Dangers of Sizzurp:
What Parents Should Know

A concoction called sizzurp has been gaining popularity among teens. It is a mix of prescription cough syrup with soda and hard candies like Jolly Rancher. Often consumed from Styrofoam cups, the drink gets its alternate name, “purple drank,” from the cough medicine’s purple food coloring. Sizzurp originated in Houston in the 1960s. Now, online… posted in: Addiction, Children's Health tags:


The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report
on Smoking and Health

In 1964, the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health was the first document to link smoking with lung cancer and heart disease. The landmark report was first of more than 30 on smoking and tobacco use. Following the publication, many Americans quit smoking and new laws required warnings on cigarette packaging and banned cigarette… posted in: Addiction, Cancer, Heart Health, News, Wellness tags:


It’s True:
Sprite Helps Hangovers

If you over-indulge tonight, don’t reach for the hair of the dog tomorrow. There’s a new way to cope with morning-after headache, nausea and general misery: A can of Sprite helps hangovers. Certain chemicals in Sprite reduce the chance of a hangover headache the day after drinking too much alcohol, according to results from a… posted in: Addiction, Neuro, Wellness tags:


How a Teen Gene Glitch
May Cause Behavioral Disorders

Adolescence is a time of major brain development. During that period, a process called “pruning” physically transforms the teenage brain into the young adult brain. Highly organized, tightly controlled and greatly influenced by genes and environment, this process allows us to function as healthy young adults. If these controls malfunction, our brains can struggle to… posted in: Behavioral Health, Research tags:


Some Good Prescription Drug Recommendations,
Some that Need Work

Some new prescription drug recommendations from the American College of Physicians to help prevent medication overuse seem helpful, such as encouraging more educational and preventive efforts. Other positive recommendations include setting up a prescription drug-monitoring program to allow physicians to check a registry to make sure that patients aren’t “doctor shopping” or already taking certain… posted in: Addiction, News tags:


How Access to Mental Health Services
Can Help Prevent Tragedy

Several tragedies–such as last year’s shootings in Newtown, CT, and Aurora, CO–have ignited debate over the status of mental illness services in the US. This controversy highlights some of the many failures of the current system, including the struggle to access timely, appropriate and affordable care as well as the continued stigma surrounding behavioral health… posted in: Behavioral Health tags:


Reboot Your Life with the Great American Smokeout

Tomorrow, for the 2013 Great American Smokeout, we’re joining the American Cancer Society to remind tobacco users that you can quit. Though this is the 37th year of the Great American Smokeout, smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable disease and death: It kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers annually. Quitting is the… Read more »