Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: New Research on Dogs Yields Benefits for People

Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects about 2 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. OCD is a distressing and often disabling condition characterized by overwhelming anxiety that drives the need to check things repeatedly or to perform certain rituals over and over. OCD is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication or both.   “Unfortunately, many…

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Parents: Act Now to Prevent Substance Abuse Later

The numbers of adolescents who experiment with alcohol and drugs increases and decreases from year to year as does the prevalence of various drugs. Older drugs fade in popularity, newer ones – most recently, bath salts and synthetic marijuana – gain prominence among teenagers and some long-standing constants —  alcohol, marijuana, non-medical use of prescription…

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