How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, more commonly known as EMDR, helps individuals process the emotions and memories associated with traumatic events. Multiple independent studies demonstrate EMDR provides clinical benefits to people who suffer from PTSD, trauma and addiction. Unlike other psychotherapies, which can require years to take effect, EMDR works quickly — often in as few as 5 sessions.

The EMDR Mechanism of Action

There are 8 phases of EMDR treatment. During the first phase, the clinician and the patient identify the memories that cause distress. Next, the clinician verifies that the patient is able to manage remembering uncomfortable memories while staying stable between sessions. The clinician will teach stress reduction if necessary. During the next few sessions, the patient identifies a visual image of the memory, and negative and positive beliefs, while observing the emotions and physical sensations felt at the same time.

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Performance-Enhancing Drugs

People who use performance-enhancing drugs often view them as a temporary way to reach a target goal or get a competitive edge. For many, they do not consider themselves at risk for addiction because they don’t classify performance-enhancing drugs in the same category as they do “street drugs.”

The reality is, performance-enhancing drugs can be just as dangerous and habit forming as any other drug, legal or not. Once the fear of failure or decreased output combines with a growing physical dependency, the addiction is real.

The History of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Believe it or not, the history of performance-enhancing drugs can be traced back to animal testicles. The most commonly used variety were dog, rabbit, sheep or guinea pig.

Since the time of the first Olympic Games (776 to 393 BC), people have been using performance-enhancing drugs. Ancient Greek athletes would consume concoctions of wine, hallucinogens and animal testicles.

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How Can Alcohol Affect Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious medical condition that affects millions of Americans. Diabetes, short for diabetes mellitus, is a group of diseases that impacts the way your body uses glucose (blood sugar). About 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, but many individuals lead full and healthy lives despite the disease. If you are one of those people living with it, you may be wondering if alcohol is safe for those with diabetes. Let’s take a closer look at how alcohol can affect diabetes and whether or not drinking alcohol can cause the disease.

Understanding Diabetes

If you have received a diabetes diagnosis, it means your glucose levels are too high. Glucose primarily comes from the foods and beverages you consume.

There are two different types of diabetes: type I and type II. Type I diabetes typically develops in younger people, although it can develop in adults.

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Dangerous College Drinking Games

Most college students drink alcohol, and many binge drink. Although wild college nights filled with partying is a memory many adults have, the fact is that some of the behaviors associated with heavy drinking can lead to extremely serious problems, including violence and fatal overdose.

What starts out with an innocent drinking game can quickly turn into a trip to the emergency room. Dangerous drinking games such as vodka eyeballing and power hour should definitely be avoided.

Vodka Eyeballing

Thanks to the crafty Brits, vodka eyeballing has crossed the pond and has spread to American students. Although pouring vodka directly over an open eye does cause rapid intoxication, it can also damage the protective membrane, burning and scaring the cornea. The result? Potential loss of eyesight.

Power Hour

Power hour sounds simple enough — take a shot of beer every minute for one hour.

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