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Sports Injuries Can Lead to Serious Psychological Trauma

Many different events can result in psychological trauma, but some are comparatively easy to overlook. Experiences such as domestic violence, child abuse, violent and/or sexual assault and combat service are the kinds of traumatic events that we typically associate with emotional trauma.

Other experiences that can lead to serious psychological distress are easier to discount, either because they are not life-threatening or because they appear to be more commonplace. Sporting injuries are one such experience—they are rarely life-threatening and few professional or even amateur athletes manage to avoid some form of injury over the course of their careers.

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Marijuana’s Effect on Dopamine Key to Mood Changes

Marijuana: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

People who regularly use marijuana have increased odds of experiencing significant symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as an unusual sensitivity to the impact of emotional stress. This fact also holds true for occasional users of the drug. In a study published in June 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from three U.S. institutions sought to determine why marijuana users have heightened risks for unpleasant mood changes and stress reactions. These researchers concluded that the cause may be marijuana’s ability to alter the brain’s reaction to a key chemical called dopamine. Continue reading