Chemical Imbalance Depression Mental Health

Depression and the Myth of Chemical Imbalance

I remember once as a teenager I was very sad for something that I now cannot remember and I asked my mom for a pill of those that the doctors gave her to cure her chronic sadness. She told me: “Oh, my little girl. It is not that easy… If so, I would have been cured for a long time”. My mother was diagnosed with almost every mental illness that was trendy in the 80s and 90s. She knew by that time, the late 90s, that medication was not exactly the cure for depression or the often claimed chemical imbalance of the brain.
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Nuns growing cannabis

Nuns Growing Cannabis: Lifting America One Mind at a Time

Cannabis has faced a lot of criticism from people over the decades. While youngsters are mostly in the favor of it, it is the older generations that sometimes object to it. But you’ll be surprised to find a 59-year-old nun Sister Kate who has made a business out of it, and there’s even other nuns growing cannabis.
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Injection centers

Injection Centers, Death Rate and the US Government

According to STAT, it can be expected that as many as 650,000 people will die in the next decade due to opioid overdose. This equals to the entire population of the city of Baltimore. If precautions such as safe injection centers aren’t taken to control this, the United States of America risks losing a whole city worth of people in 10 years.
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Asthma medicine and Parkinson disease

Can Asthma Medicine Reduce the Risk of Parkinson Disease?

3 years after three time world champion boxer Muhammed Ali retired from boxing, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984. He died in July of 2016. While so many of us have heard the name of this particular disease that took the life of people far too precious, we barely know anything about it. We see someone suffering from this disease and we feel bad for them but how much do we really know about why this disease occurs in a human brain?
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Stephen Hawking Mind Disabilities

Stephen Hawking Postulate: Human Triumph over Disabilities

Stephen Hawking left us at 76 years of age. The one man who was able to explain the cosmos to us and to theorize about the beginning of everything. But if there was one challenge he faced all his life, it was the Lou Gehrig’s disease, a motor neuron illness that paralyzed him over decades. With the help of technology, he was able to continue to share his brilliance and was even able to author books and research. If there is a legacy left here, it is this: the brain can be greater than the body and disabilities. Read more

medical procedures stent

Medical Procedures: The US Health System Rips Off Its Patients

It has been discovered recently, that a lot of patients who are suffering from severe heart diseases get prescribed medical procedures by doctors that do them no good. Instead of being beneficial for the patients, some of these medical procedures even prove to be dangerous. Take the example of a stent that most doctors prescribe to patients suffering from heart diseases. These stents easily cost patients between $11,000 to $41,000 in the United States of America.
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Breast cancer in Algeria

Breast Cancer in Algeria: Survivors Lose Rights as Women

“I no longer want you as my wife, you are a half woman!” – These are the heartbreaking words that Yousef told his wife Yasmin (not their real names). They have lived together for more than two decades. Just recently, Yasmin was diagnosed with breast cancer in Algeria. With advice from her physician, she went through a surgical procedure and had one of her breasts, the one with cancer, amputated. She then proceeded to have chemotherapy sessions and her recovery process kick-started.
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Intersex Africa

Genderqueer: The Challenges of Being Intersex in Africa

Being intersex in Africa is a taboo. Even if you survive the lynching by family, then you might not survive suicide. For a long time, intersex people in Africa have been perceived as a curse by their families. Just like those suffering from poor mental health in Africa, the stigma has pushed some into depression and suicide. It is worse if the community around them gets to know of their condition.
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