Sunday, April 19, 2009

Can A Pill Cure Addiction?

Some medical experts believe "addiction is a brain disease" that should be treated with more than just rehab, therapy, 12 Step programs and meetings.

According to a new CNN special, "Addiction: Life On The Edge", new, cutting edge prescription medicines are essential to defeat addiction and aid recovery.

Walter Kent credits an anti-addiction pill as critical to control his alcohol cravings, Kent says, without it, "My marriage would be gone and I'd be dead by now".

See the video here: Addiction: Life On The Edge

Academy award winning actress Marlee Matlin discusses sexual abuse, her addiction and rehab in her new book, "I'll Scream Later":

See the CNN Matlin Interview

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Truth About Depression

A new book challenges the theory that depression is genetically based and proposes childhood trauma as a leading factor.

Almost 40 percent of the U.S. population suffers from some form of depression or mental illness yet the causes of mental illness remain largely a mystery. The prevailing theory sees the cause as a trans-generational genetic defect of brain chemistry, which is best treated with medication.

New breakthroughs made by health professionals dislodge this theory, and show that frequently previous traumas are what lead to mental illness.

In this bold new book, renowned physician and psychotherapist Charles Whitfield takes a new look at the common problems of depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, schizophrenia and other mental illness. The Truth About Depression shows the strong and at times causal relationship between childhood trauma and future depression and other mental illness; he explores the risks, side-effects and high cost of treating these disorders with anti-depressant drugs, and; provides an alternative treatment and recovery program for people with depression and a history of childhood trauma.

Dr. Whitfield’s book offers hope and help for those who have been held hostage by depression, and provides clinicians with new solutions and alternatives to high-risk medications.

John Townsend On Depression:

Resolving Depression

Fictitious Cures for Depression

Causes of Depression

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