Understanding Self-Harm

Self-harm is the deliberate infliction of damage to your own body and includes cutting, burning, and other forms of injury. While cutting can look like attempted suicide, it's often not; most people who mutilate themselves do it as a way to regulate mood. People who hurt themselves in this way may be motivated by a need to distract themselves from inner turmoil or to quickly release anxiety that builds due to an inability to express intense emotions.

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Yes, It Is Time to Finally Move on From Sex Addiction

A new clinical model for the treatment of out of control sexual behavior appears to suggest that the sex addiction model is approaching its expiration date.

The Internet Suicide Minefield

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 27, 2016 in Media Spotlight
What makes some young people vulnerable to pro-suicide messages online? A new research study provides answers.

Why Do So Many Superstars Self-Destruct Like Supernovas?

Why has superstardom caused so many musical icons of the 1980s to die prematurely? This blog post explores the underbelly of fame and the quest for "Holy Grail" peak experiences.

What's Worse for Your Brain Than a Concussion?

By Meg Selig on April 12, 2016 in Changepower
Parents now know the possible harms from concussions. But this other common activity could also damage the brains of both young and old—yet it is widely accepted as "normal."

Three Steps To Getting Out of a Toxic Relationship

Toxic relationships destroy lives. Here are three empowering ways to move on.

Suffocation Roulette And Childhood Choking Games

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 23, 2016 in In Excess
The ‘choking game’ (known as the ‘fainting game’ and ‘suffocation roulette’) is an example of self-asphyxial risk-taking behaviour. But how prevalent is it and what do we know?

Guess What? Smoking Cigarettes Is Also Bad for Your Car

People who smoke in their cars end up polluting the interiors in ways that can't be cleaned or ventilated.

There’s No Such Thing as (Real) Self-Sabotage

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 21, 2016 in All About Addiction
When we talk about self-sabotage, we fool ourselves into thinking that some people purposefully disrupt their success in life. But that's just not true.

Taming Tween Texting and Tech Troubles

Tween technology usage is booming unlike any other generation. Such young users can run into many dangers. Read on for tips on taming their usage.

Beyond Columbine - A Conversation With Sue Klebold

I asked Sue Klebold: 1. Tell me about Dylan 2. When you think of "If only" what comes to mind 3. When you think of stopping school violence, "What if..."

Transhumanism Movement Wants to Eliminate Existential Risk

As a 2016 US Presidential candidate, it amazes me that more attention is not dedicated to overcoming existential risk by the very thing humans are good at: innovating.

The Brain's Delicate Chemistry

What do sex addiction, self-harm and runner’s high all have in common? All three involve chemicals designed to help us survive.

Saving Lives at Suicide Hotspots

Many iconic landmarks are also suicide hotspots. Do on-site prevention efforts really work or do they just spoil the view and lead people to go elsewhere. A new study weighs in.

4 Truths About Power in Relationships (Including Yours)

Relationship power is not just a general idea, it can relate to specific aspects of your partnership.

The Metaphors of Eating Disorders

Learn about, and how to effectively treat, these life threatening symptoms that affect millions of people all over.

What Kind of Person is Besties With a Narcissist?

By Garth Sundem on February 23, 2016 in Brain Trust
It may not be that narcissists seek versions of themselves, but that they can't help but be stuck with themselves.

Ups and Downs

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in How To Do Life
A very short story about a person with bipolar and his wife.

Risky Business: The Psychology of Facing Danger

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on January 27, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
How we arrive at the willingness to take calculated risks. Specific components of mental conditioning are often required to face moments of grave danger.

Can You Be 'Addicted' to Water?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 20, 2016 in In Excess
There are various accounts of individuals being aquaholics ("addicted to water). This article examines the literature on psychogenic polydipsia, hyponatraemia, and ‘aquaholism'.

Overcoming BPD - 9 New Years Resolutions

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on January 18, 2016 in On the Borderline
In dealing with the 9 symptoms of BPD, a regular mindfulness practice can make a lasting impact. Here is a specific practice to target self-destructive thoughts and behaviors.

Teens and Self-Injurious Behaviors

Find out why teenagers self-injure and the warning signs to look for.

7 Trusted Tips for Finding Love

Check out these basic prerequisites for finding love.
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Alert or Avert: Evaluating the Suicidal Mass Murderer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 03, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A lesson in suicide evaluation for those tasked with welfare checks might avert future acts of self-destructive mass murder.

The Grim Power of Borderline Personality Disorder

The turbulence and trauma of borderline personality disorder make self-harm and suicide attempts frighteningly common. But recovery is common, too.

How Do You Do What You Do?

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on December 13, 2015 in On the Borderline
Is there a solution to BPD? One fundamental practice can help the person with BPD and their care-giver.

Understanding Self-Destructive (Dysregulated) Behaviors

Have you ever realized that one of your behaviors was causing you harm – but been unable to stop the behavior?

My Husband Is an Ineffective Father

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 22, 2015 in The Teen Doctor
"I can't take it anymore. I want to walk away."
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Why Keeping Problems Secret Only Makes Them Worse

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 in Freedom to Grieve
Is this you? You hold it all together until the last person leaves the house and then you break down crying. You think, “How can everyone else be doing so well but I am failing?"

How Common Is Suicide?

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 03, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Suicide remains one of the biggest killers for men under the age of 50.

5 Ways Mentally Strong People Conquer Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is inevitable, but the way you respond to it is your choice.