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How to handle PTSD on Valentine’s Day

Lovebirds celebrate Cupid’s favorite holiday in many different ways, from a simple red rose, to a surprise weekend getaway. When making Valentine’s Day plans, your partner’s needs should be the priority, especially when a behavioral disorder is in the picture. “When combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is found in one of the partners, the visions of happiness are often replaced by those of disappointment, frustration… and even fighting,” said Harry Croft, MD. The former Army doctor outlined planning tips in HuffPost. Read the full story.

Is porn addiction a real thing? New research says no

The model of pornography addiction was recently put to the test by David Ley, PhD, a clinical psychologist and the executive director of New Mexico Solutions. Ley’s research proved there is poor evidence to support the proposed negative effects of visual sexual stimuli (VSS). The review, published in Current Sexual Health Reports, suggests that the pornography addiction model is acknowledged for the benefit of the treatment industry. “Rather than helping patients who may struggle to control viewing images of sexual nature, the ‘porn addiction’ concept instead seems to feed an industry with secondary gain from the acceptance of the idea,” said Ley. Read the full study.

Is your eating disorder giving you diabetes?

A recent study involving 52,000 adults in 19 countries showed that individuals with eating disorders, such as bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder, were more than twice as likely to develop adult-onset diabetes. The study, led by Dr. Peter de Jonge, was published in Diabetologia. “Depression and impulse control disorders (eating disorders in particular) were significantly associated with diabetes diagnosis after comorbidity adjustment. These findings support the focus on depression as having a role in diabetes onset…” Read the full study.

In recovery and depressed? Study says quit smoking

Should recovering addicts be allowed to self-medicate with cigarettes while in treatment for alcohol or drug dependence? New research out of the Washington University School of Medicine shows that quitting or reducing cigarette smoking has a positive effect on the mental health of patients. The study, which involved 4,800 daily smokers, was led by Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg. “We don’t know if their mental health improves first and then they are more motivated to quit smoking, or if quitting smoking leads to an improvement in mental health. But either way, our findings show a strong link between quitting and a better psychiatric outlook.” Read the full story.

New technology to help gambling addicts in the UK

The UK is introducing new behavioral analytics technology to explore the ongoing issue of gambling addiction. The new technology from Featurespace is said to: “use predictive insights derived from customer data to identify potential problem gamblers – allowing the industry to protect potentially vulnerable people before issues develop.” Read the full story.