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Underground Death Metal: Is It In You?!

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on August 20, 2009 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
Do you think heavy metal, black metal and death metal contribute to teen violence or liberate them from conflicting societal messages?


By Elliot Tiber on August 20, 2009 in

Put Down the PSP and Slowly Back Away...

By Jonathan Levy on August 19, 2009 in The Interactive World
This scene plays out in countless households each day: kids on the autistic spectrum get caught up in video games, DVDs, and computers. It allows them to leave the world behind for hours at a time in a socially acceptable way. In the days before the PSP, kids flapped their hands, lined up cars, and did other stims that allowed them to live in an exclusive bubble. But people often bothered them. As technology advanced, many autistic children and adults learned to watch TV, operate computers, and play video games. Other people rarely disturb them as they do these activities because the children look age appropriate in their play and we tell ourselves ‘C'mon, every kid loves video games.'

Uncovering Hidden Addictions

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on August 19, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain
"Hidden Addictions" do occur and can be quite challenging for family members and loved ones. No one ever thinks that they will become addicted or that it will happen to someone in their family, but it does. While alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic medical illness of the brain, the good news is that it is treatable. However, it can't get treated until it gets recognized. Here we will discuss common signs of addiction and how best to address a potential issue.

I Am Not a Shrink

By Elliot Tiber on August 18, 2009 in
First, to clarify a common mistake when you look at my photo: No, I am NOT Brad Pitt! I know we look alike, but he is older. I am not a psychiatrist or a Tarot card reader but have gone through a dozen shrinks over the years. Most of my doctors were hauled off to madhouses or are still hiding out in the sex clubs in Bangkok. Not my fault, I swear. While living in Paris years ago, I read in the Herald Tribune, my first shrink at a major university in NYC was arrested for experimenting with untested meds on young patients. Hmmm. Unfair. I loved those meds.

Friendship and Resilience

By Robert Wicks Ph.D. on August 18, 2009 in The Resilient Life

When My Child Was Murdered

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on August 17, 2009 in Raising Grieving Children
Parents find ways to honor their murdered child's life by involving their communities in programs that try to prevent others from being murdered.Through these programs they find comfort and energy to carry on and to maintain a continuing bond with their child.

New Eating Disorder, New Fears

By Anneli Rufus on August 17, 2009 in Stuck
Another kind of eating disorder is on the rise, according to representatives of mental-health organizations in the US and Britain. This time, it's orthorexia nervosa -- a compulsion to eat only "pure" or "healthy" food. Based on the Greek words for "correct" and "appetite" -- though "correct" in this case is a bit ironic -- and identified by Colorado physician Steven Bratman, orthorexia can manifest in a staunch refusal to eat any meat, fats, carbohydrates, cooked meals, and/or the contents of entire food groups.

A Sagacious Delay

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on August 17, 2009 in Don't Delay
All procrastination is delay, but not all delay is procrastination. 

75 Days Later

By Dave Sobel on August 16, 2009 in My Child the Scientist
The voice I use to talk to the cats is not the same voice I use to talk to Lisa—it's happier, higher pitched, and has lots of modulation. None of this seemed irregular to me until Lisa became pregnant and I started having conversations with her belly. What's important is that I talked to her belly in pretty much the same voice that I use to talk to the cats.

Hollywood Portrayal of Thinness, Success, and Butter

By Shelley H Carson Ph.D. on August 16, 2009 in Life as Art
Anorexia Nervosa is great American tragedy. It's the most deadly of psychiatric illnesses, killing almost 20% of those afflicted. Media portrayal of unhealthy thinness as the ideal of feminine beauty is one (but certainly not the only) contributing factor to this devastating illness. That's why it's so refreshing to see Hollywood offer us a glamorous, oversized, butter-eating role model. 

Body Suspension—Extreme Piercing, Spiritual Act or Something Else Entirely

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on August 16, 2009 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
They call it body suspension! What do you call it?

The Neurotic Need to Control Sex

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on August 15, 2009 in Look At It This Way
My good friend, evolutionary psychologist Dr. Chris Ryan, has posted yet another excellent column – Who Destroys the Marriage? A plethora of accompanying comments show that people continue to be titillated by sex. Their often conflicting opinions suggest they remain mostly conflicted. What, for example, do you think you know about Swingers?

Today's Healthcare Debate Looks Like the Salem Witch Hunts

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on August 14, 2009 in The Literary Mind
The recent healthcare reform debates look a lot like the Salem witch hunts to me. Dialogue has broken down. In town halls across the country, we're talking about the actual fine points of "health care" to the same extent that people in Salem were talking about the fine points of "witches." People are paranoid, with a need to protect the existing social order, no matter what form their argument takes.

Attempting to Heal the Original Wound (PRSD, Pt.1)

Very often, when choosing a relationship, we do so because either that relationship activates a memory map that leads back to an Original Wound, or because we are attempting to fix, or, at the very least re-shape, a relationship associated with that wound. Just as often, those relationships tend not to work out, and the break in the relationship leads us to an experience that can range anywhere from passive resignation to pathological mourning. 

Pharmacological Treatments of Addiction

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on August 13, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain
In spite of the longstanding national focus on drug addiction, alcoholism is still the most serious substance abuse problem in the U.S., and is the nation's third leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer. There is a significant need for acute medical interventions that can initiate and maintain alcohol abstinence. Neuroscience has begun to focus more on understanding the brain in addiction and, as a result, more new medications to help treat alcoholism have been developed in recent years.   

Why Don't We Doubt Spider-Man's Existence? (4 and last)

By Norman N Holland Ph.D. on August 13, 2009 in This Is Your Brain on Culture
We believe fictions, but not just fictions. We show the same credulity in everyday life all the time, as "lie blindness," and such credulity makes no evolutionary sense. If we can understand why we don't disbelieve fictions, we may be able also to understand why we can't detect lying in life. The answer is, we believe because we aren't acting.  We stand still while someone lies to us. It's that simple.

Is Your Teen or Child Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

By Joe Wegmann P.D., L.C.S.W. on August 13, 2009 in PharmaTherapy
Unscrupulous businesses on the Web have created a pharmaceutical playground for children and teens - while raising serious issues for parents and teachers.

Oops, She Did It Again- There's Hope For Us All

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on August 11, 2009 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
Have you recently calculated your C-bBMI (Celebrity-based Body Mass Index)?

Why Do We Hate Good-byes?

By Robert W. Fuller Ph.D. on August 11, 2009 in Somebodies and Nobodies
Every "good-bye" is a step on the path to "adieu."

Getting Enough ZZZZZZZ's During Tough Times

By Joe Wegmann P.D., L.C.S.W. on August 11, 2009 in PharmaTherapy
When it comes to sleep medications, what works? And what is safe?

Using Social Networking for Recruitment and Training

By Ray Williams on August 11, 2009 in Wired for Success
Social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and others are now being used by recruiters to recruit talent and implement training.