Depression and Physical Health: What’s the Link?

By Martha McLaughlin Depression is very common, affecting 6.7 percent of adults in the United States and 12.8 percent of adolescents.1 Unfortunately, about 85 percent of people suffering from major depression also deal with at least one chronic physical health condition.2 In some cases, the conditions spring from a single, shared cause, and in others, […]

Growing Up in the Opioid Epidemic

By Patti Richards Sitting around the kitchen table waiting for their breakfast, the children get worried and call her name. When she doesn’t answer, they begin searching the house, and there she is, face down on the floor of her bedroom. The oldest takes the phone beside her and calls 911. Now they wait, sitting […]

The History of Xanax

Xanax, otherwise known as alprazolam, is an antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication developed by Upjohn Laboratories of Kalamazoo, Michigan in the late 1960s. It was originally created to be a superior sleep aid with muscle relaxant qualities and with ongoing research, representatives of Upjohn realized its effectiveness on anxiety, panic and mood disorders. During that time, […]

Can Percocet Interact with My Antidepressant?

Percocet is a powerful painkiller made with acetaminophen and oxycodone. Most people know acetaminophen by the brand name Tylenol, while oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid made from a derivation of opium. Considered stronger and more addictive than hydrocodone-based painkillers, Percocet is usually reserved for more severe instances of pain. Some people who use Percocet for […]

How Does Euphoric Recall Contribute to Relapse?

Addiction is both a physical and psychological disease. While many people mistakenly believe that the addiction is primarily a physical attachment to a substance of abuse, the reality is that people become addicted through both physical and psychological channels that are intrinsically related. With both physical and psychological pathways at work, addiction becomes a powerful […]