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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 30, 2019

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College educated women drink more booze
While the gap is shrinking between men and women who drink, the new research finds variations in the amount and frequency women drink based on age, race, education, marital status, and other factors.

Nearly half of all patients wouldn't tell their doctor if they were suicidal or depressed, new study finds
Nearly half of all patients withhold critical information about their mental health out of fear, embarrassment and judgement, a new study has found. The same was true for patients who were victim of sexual assault or domestic violence.

Addiction Clinics Market Unproven Infusion Treatments to Desperate Patients
Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days..

Decoding the Brain to Help Patients with Mental Illness
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year. Severe mental illnesses cause the brain to have trouble dealing with cognitively effortful states, like focusing attention over long periods of time, discriminating between two things that are difficult to tell apart, and responding quickly to information that is coming in fast. .

Straight Talk With Peers Can Reduce Mental Illness Stigma Among College Students
College students who participate in fun, peer-led activities that openly and honestly discuss mental illness are less likely to stigmatize people with these conditions, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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