opiates in pregnancy

Opiates in pregnancy – what are the effects?

Is your baby being affected by Opiates in your pregnancy?

Opiates in pregnancy – with the current overprescribing of opiates in the Pittsburgh are and the us in general, it is becoming more of an issue for moms to be.  Clearly if you are using or addicted to opiates either in legally or illegally, you need to act to avoid hurting your baby.

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Chronic pain

Chronic pain – what can you do to lessen it’s impact on your life?

Chronic pain definition and symptons

Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts longer than six months that is the result from either a physical health condition/injury or mental health condition. Studies show that chronic pain can also be a sign of untreated depression, anxiety, grief, unexpressed anger or being emotionally overwhelmed.

According to the Betty Ford Center, a clinic that focuses on addiction treatment, the markers for identification of those suffering from chronic pain include: symptoms of depression, history of abuse (physical/emotional/sexual), high levels of current stress, anxiety and the tendency to catastrophize ones thoughts. Studies completed by this facility show that trauma that takes place early in life trains the brain to be more receptive to future chronic pain that is typically not treated easily.

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social media addiction

Social Media Addiction, what it is and what to do about it?

Social Media – too much of a good thing?

Social Media Addiction. How can we possibly be addicted to social media – it wasn’t even invented until a few years ago.  We decided to look at the Pew Research paper on Social media use in the US to see just how much people use social media. Check it out, but if you are under 40 odds are over 80% of you are using social media daily. And 70% of those people are using Facebook every day.  The use stats on all of the major networks in the US are in the link.  And if you are thinking it is just Millennials with this issue – think again.  In January of this year the Ny Times reported that Gen X’ers spend more time on Social Media than Millennials.

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