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Is PTSD Contagious?

It seems counterintuitive that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be seen as contagious. At most, 336,000 Americans have gone to war and came back home showing symptoms of PTSD. These symptoms include reliving the traumatic event, avoiding situations that remind you of that event difficulty controlling emotions and so much more. Spouses of men and women with PTSD claim to be experiencing the symptoms without ever experiencing a traumatic experience. Even their children show behavior problems at school. Studies of the children of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans with PTSD show that 45 percent of children reported signs of PTSD. Other studies concluded that there is a higher rate for psychiatric treatment. To these studies demise, a team of Dutch and Israeli researchers, in 2005, used meta-analysis to determine that the “spreading” of trauma did not occur within the families of Holocaust survivors.

Prozac: What’s Race Got to Do With It?

It seems counterintuitive that doctors prescribe antidepressants to patients with private health insurance more than minorities, or people using Medicare or Medicaid. Research on medical data of over 125 million patients determined doctors were 60 percent less likely to be prescribed Prozac rather they were prescribed older generations of antidepressants. In 2008, 11 percent of whites and 4 percent of minorities were being treated for depression. Quite frankly, nobody knows why there are these differences when it comes to prescribing antidepressants to patients.

Do Multivitamins Really Work?

It seems counterintuitive to think that multi-vitamins don’t actually help defend your body against illnesses. The supplement industry is worth $28 billion. Nutritionists claim that there is zero evidence to support the fact that multi-vitamins do what they are supposed to do. Most people get all of the supplements they need through their regular diet. In fact, taking multi-vitamins can lead to an excessive consumptions of vitamins which can be dangerous. What’s even more reckless is that the FDA does not regulate the labels of supplements.

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