Quitting smoking during the second half of the menstrual cycle may help women kick the habit

Follow me on twitter @hricciot Nearly every woman will acknowledge that her menstrual cycle affects her mood and behavior. An estimated 85% of women experience premenstrual syndrome one to two weeks before her period, which may include moodiness, anxiety, irritability, or food cravings along with physical symptoms such as bloating and breast tenderness. Studies suggest that women are more likely to engage in addictive behaviors, such as cigarette smoking, in the first half of the menstrual cycle, that is the time between the start of your period and ovulation. The underlying reason is thought to be that the hormone estradiol (a form of estrogen) is higher in the first half of the menstrual cycle, and it promotes addictive behaviors such as smoking and relapse from quitting. In the second half of the menstrual cycle, the hormone progesterone is higher, and this protects against smoking and relapse. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania studied a group of women who wanted to quit smoking. They used a special type of MRI, called functional MRI (fMRI) to follow the activity in the parts of the brain that help control addictive behavior and tracked this activity throughout the course of the menstrual cycle. They found that in the first half of the menstrual cycle (the follicular phase, as the egg matures but before ovulation) there was less activity in brain regions that helps make good decisions and in the reward center. Conversely, thes...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Addiction Behavioral Health Prevention Smoking cessation Women's Health Source Type: news

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Conclusions: This is the first study to demonstrate a moderating role of childhood trauma on the relationship between inhibitory control and stress-related ACC activation. Childhood trauma may portend neurodevelopmental changes that impede recruitment of control-associated ACC-functioning during distress, which may relate to dysregulation of stress-induced affective responses. Further work is needed to elucidate relationships between childhood trauma and addictive behaviors precipitated by stress.
Source: NeuroImage - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Peter T. McIntyre I suffered from a lack of self-esteem and little confidence when I was an adolescent. The feeling of loss and not being good enough, or smart enough to get things done and fearful of trying anything new lasted through my teens and throughout the early part of my adult life. It wasn’t that I was brought up deprived of love or lacking a comfortable environment, for my parents loved me dearly and I never knew hunger or felt diminished by our standard of living. I did, however, take notice of the confide...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Happiness Self-Esteem Self-Help Confidence Improving Self Esteem Source Type: blogs
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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
   When future NFL player Erik Coleman was eleven years old, he discovered that both of his parents were addicts (one to alcohol, one to harder drugs). This was a traumatic discovery, but made worse when, one day, he returned home from school to find his father had moved out. Erik shares this and more with us, including how this affected him as a child and as an adult, even through his years playing in the NFL. He shares his thoughts on what is most important for children of addicts to know, and of what happened to his parents later in life. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! Show High...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Family General The Psych Central Show Erik Coleman Gabe Howard Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs
AbstractMental health conditions such as depression and anxiety represent a growing health concern among post-secondary students. Mental health and sleep problems tend to co-occur and circadian preference may have implications for mental health outcomes. We conducted a systematic review of the literature to synthesize the existing evidence on the association between circadian typology and mental health symptomatology in students pursuing higher education. We systematically searched three databases from inception to November 2017 to identify potentially relevant articles. A total of 3097 articles were screened, 75 were crit...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
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Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Books Oliver Sacks Culture Health, mind and body books Physics Richard Feynman Comics and graphic novels Alison Bechdel Kurt Vonnegut Douglas Adams Source Type: news
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Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety Depression Depression Treatment Drug Treatment Painkiller Substance Abuse medication painkillers prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug detox prescript Source Type: blogs
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Source: Psychiatric Quarterly - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Recovery Depression Depression Treatment antidepressants depression disorders depression medication dual diagnosis Source Type: blogs
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Drugs and Supplements Marijuana Source Type: blogs
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