Kerry Herndon, LCSW, LAC

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From ketamine to cupboard therapy: the future of mental health treatment

With big pharma short on solutions, we talk to people pioneering new ways to beat conditions including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia<p>Once upon a time, the future of mental health treatment was drugs. The advent of Prozac and whole class of similar medication in the 1990s gave doctors an easy …

Pediatricians urged to screen for suicide risks among teens

Family doctors should screen teens for suicide risks in the wake of new information that shows suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens, an American Academy of Pediatrics report said Monday.<p>In the report, the academy provides pediatricians with guidelines on how to identify and …

We went to one of the largest marijuana business conferences in the world — here's what it was like

Cannabis is a serious business.<p>Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 25 states, with several more considering bills. The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research group, estimates that it's a $45 billion industry in the US alone.<p>This year, the International Cannabis Association hosted the …

Cannabis

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Tiger Woods

Alberta Cops Report First Death Related to W-18 — The Drug 100 Times More Powerful Than Fentanyl | VICE News

Calgary's chief medical examiner has confirmed Alberta's first death related to the synthetic opioid W-18, a drug that's 100 times stronger than fentanyl and 10,000 times stronger than morphine. News of the death comes as the province is already reeling from a fentanyl overdose crisis.<p>According to …

Canada

How not to talk to someone with anxiety

As part of mental health awareness week, we asked people with anxiety to explain the most and least helpful things to say<p>In the UK a third of Britons now experience an anxiety disorder at some stage in their life. But, despite its growth, how well do we really understand it?<p>As part of mental health …

Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

In the '80s and '90s, America's suicide trend was headed in the right direction: down.<p>"It had been decreasing almost steadily since 1986, and then what happened is there was a turnaround," says Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for …

American Psychiatric Association

It's Alcohol Awareness Month: So What Does It Do to Your Insides to Live With an Alcoholic?

April is "Alcohol Awareness Month." On the surface this appears to be about alcohol, its use and abuse, it implies that we need to learn more about why a person might drink alcoholically or, by extension use other substances to their detriment. But there is a much larger story here. It's the story …

LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

First modern scans of people high on psychedelic drug has given researchers unprecedented insight into neural basis for its effects<p>The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a …

The stunning spread of the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic, in one map

The opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic led to a new record in drug overdose deaths in 2014 — more than 47,000 overdose deaths that year alone, and nearly two-thirds of them were linked to opioids and heroin.<p>But what does that death toll really look like? These maps, published by Socrata, …

Marijuana use in pregnancy tied to health problems for babies and mothers

(Reuters Health) – Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb are likely to be born smaller than those not exposed, and more likely to need intensive care after birth, according to a new analysis of existing evidence.<p>Mothers who smoke marijuana while pregnant are also more likely than those who don’t …

Pregnancy

Addiction: When the Brain and Mind Must Work Together

Over the long history of addiction, there has been a central tension that has shaped how addiction is treated: Is addiction a choice or the consequence of biology? For most of the past 100 years, the general bias, even among health care workers, has been that addiction is the result of bad choices. …

Is it Worth it? Reflections From Being Two Years Sober

As a Health Coach who discovered she had a destructive relationship with alcohol, I receive a lot of questions about sobriety. The most common one being: "Is it hard?" Quickly followed by, "Is it worth it?" Which makes sense, right? Change is tough. In a big drinking culture, sobriety is an …

Why Addiction Is a Learning Disorder

Maia Szalavitz talks about her former drug use, how addicts brains work, and why we need to see drug addiction and rehabilitation in a radically new …

Drug Addiction

How Parents Talk to Their Kids About Drugs in 2016

The druggy generation raised on DARE and "Just Say No" in the 1980s is trying a new strategy.<p>As America moves toward marijuana legalization and an opioid overdose epidemic shows few signs of waning, the question of how parents should talk to their kids about drugs is more urgent and complicated …

Cannabis

Study: Brain Variance Affects How Anxiety Sufferers See the World

<b>It’s just how you’re wired.</b>Anxiety isn’t something people choose to experience — it’s connected with how their brains see the world.A new study …

Humanity

Complete Guide: How To Relieve Stress Naturally And Fast

Suffering from stress can be an almighty strain on ourselves both mentally and physically. It depletes a person’s quality of life and affects those …

Wellness

Coming 'Out' Sober

I'm a bit over a year sensationally sober and it's time to "come out." Anonymity is crucial to success for most people who try to stop drinking but at some point those of us who have succeeded need to stand up and say proudly "Enjoy your drink, I'll enjoy my sobriety. I've earned it."<p>One of the …

Sean Astin on Mom Patty Duke's Bipolar Disorder: 'We Were All in the Storm Together'

Patty Duke sought to raise public awareness of mental health issues when she shared her bipolar diagnosis with the world in her 1987 memoir, <i>Call Me</i> …

Mental Health

Facing my fear: when I gave up drinking to save my sanity

I didn’t know who I was without alcohol, but my doctors told me I would never feel better unless I tried sobriety<p>It was a couple years after college, and I had a routine. Work: 80 hours a week. Drink: heavily from Thursday through Sunday evening, lightly Monday through Wednesday. Exercise: never. …

5 Ways You Can Use Mindfulness To Fix Your Brain, Reduce Stress And Boost Performance

There’s no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.<p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to …

Mindfulness

LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier. Should we all try it?

In 1970, Congress dropped psychedelics into the war on drugs. After a decade of Timothy Leary, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and news reports of gruesome murders, the federal government declared that the drugs had no medical use — and high potential for abuse. The chairman of New Jersey’s …

Consciousness

The Social and Behavioral Costs of Sleeplessness

Given the effects that sleep has on social relationships and behavior—both in the workplace itself and in other areas of life—the importance of sleep …

Psychology

14 Ways to Chill the Eff Out Without Using Meditation

Sitting quietly isn't the only thing that helps you calm down.<p>Sure, meditation chills you out, alleviates pain, improves your mood, plus helps you think clearer and sleep better. But it's not for everyone. If sitting quietly with your eyes closed just isn't your thing, here are 14 other ways you …

Self-help

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

"They are different kinds of insight, so there is really no reason for so much conflict to arise."<p>The standoff between science and religion -- between fact-based and faith-based ways of thinking and explaining the world -- is nearly as old as human thought itself.<p>In fact, the conflict may be rooted …

Brit + Co

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Health

The Genes for Pot Addiction Have Been Identified

For what may be the first time, specific genes associated with marijuana addiction have been identified— and some of them are also linked to …

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

cienpiesnf/Dollar Photo ClubYou drop a glass while making breakfast. You get stuck in traffic on your way to work. Your boss yells at you for being …

Psychology

The ‘drugs v talking’ debate doesn’t help us understand mental health

Mental illness and how we treat it is back in the spotlight – but confusion and false distinctions create problems for both doctors and patients<p>Mental health is in the headlines again. In recent weeks, we have had the independent commission report on psychiatric care in England, which concluded …