July 2005

Crystal Meth: Pain, ecstasy, addiction Series

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Considered a plague in most of the U.S and Western Canada, Crystal Meth use in Ontario is on the rise. While not yet the problem it is elsewhere, the drug can still destroy lives, such as the life of a 19-year-old St. Catharines woman struggling to get clean.

The first sensation was the white-hot, paralysing pain, as though jagged shards of glass were trying to burst from behind her eyes.

She could do nothing but sit still, moan and pinch the bridge of her nose.

"I couldn't believe how much it hurt," she says. "I just prayed for the pain to go away. I didn't like it."

Depression usually a treatable illness

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Depression usually a treatable illness: Serotonin deficit causes depression

Most people feel "blue" at some point in their lives. In fact, passing feelings of discouragement or sadness are perfectly normal, especially during difficult times. Unemployment, the loss of a loved one, an illness or stress within a relationship may cause temporary feelings of despair. However, if these feelings last longer than three-to-four weeks, a person may be suffering from depression.