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Nine Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab

If you have a loved one in need of addiction treatment, the time to act is now.

Our Kids Are Not All Right

By the age of 26, diagnostic rates of addiction were two to three times those in national norms.
Judy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW, CEDS

Changing the Tide for the Severely Ill Eating Disordered

​Eating disorder patients who have been on death's door provide profound opportunities for recovery. Doing the work is difficult, but fantastically rewarding: A therapist reflects.

Does It Really Matter How We Talk About Addiction?

Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. When talking about addiction, the truth of this age old adage rings empty. In this article, find out why.

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The U.S. Can Have Great Healthcare If Congress Acts

The House proposed healthcare initiative, which barely passed a few weeks ago, is not being seriously considered in the Senate.

How are the Trump Troubles Like the Army-McCarthy Hearings?

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Pura Vida
I'm sure that I'm not alone is finding myself glued to the latest Trump Troubles, including Russia Revelations. It brings back memories of sunshine in some bad old days.

What Was Jerry Garcia's Addiction?

By Stanton Peele on June 01, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead are portrayed in the more than four-hour documentary, Love Strange Trip, representing the intricate connections of their music and lives.

The Compulsive Online Shopping Scale

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in In Excess
A recent scale assessing shopping addiction (the Compulsive Online Shopping Scale) added one word to a previously published scale. So when is a new addiction scale not new?

Is Trump's Abstinence a Personality Disorder?

By Stanton Peele on May 31, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Rather than quitting drinking without going to AA, as Kurt Anderson indicated was so for George W. Bush, Donald Trump makes us think that abstinence itself causes problems.

Video Game Addiction

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Memory Medic
Video-game addiction causes change in mood, conflict, behavioral problems, and, more tellingly, the same phenomena seen in drug addiction (tolerance and withdrawal symptoms).

3 Ways Millennials Can Manage Their Ambition-Related Stress

By Caroline Beaton on May 28, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Though responsible for great success and progress, ambition can also cause feelings of worthlessness, mania and anxiety. Neuroscience now explains why.

Chris Cornell’s Life and Death: Suicide Is Not Painless

We don’t know the depth of people’s suffering, the silent struggles they daily endure.

Excessive Tattooing on Film

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 25, 2017 in In Excess
Excessive tattooing has been central to many storylines featured in films. This article takes a brief look at the psychological themes of the tattoo obsessives in some of the films

The Unexpected Gifts of Desire

What can we learn if we don't automatically act to fulfill an urge or longing?

Jacoby Shaddix Is Marching Right Next to You

"I just feel like I’m drowning in myself."

Treating Opioid Abuse: Focus on the Patient, Not Just Pain

"Drugs do not grab you and hold you in a bear hug."

Fell on Black Days: Mourning the Suicide of Chris Cornell

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Reflections on suicide, celebrity, and selfishness

The Psychology of Hoaxing

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in In Excess
Hoaxing behaviour is nothing new but there are many types that may or may not have serious consequences for individuals. But what do we know about the psychology of hoaxing?

Teach Your Teen About Alcohol

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 17, 2017 in Open Gently
Twenty percent of U.S. high school students say they'll get into a car with a driver who has been drinking.
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How the Republican Healthcare Bill Kills

The only true improvement on the ACA that can be made is to repeal it in favor of a single payer system.

What You Need to Know About Relationships and Recovery

It is helpful to resist the urge to "fix" your relationships, and keep the focus on making progress in your recovery. As you do, over time, your relationships will likely improve.

Think Positive? The Pressure to Be Happy

Happiness isn’t just a feeling; it’s a way of being in the world.

Talking to the Doctor’s Family

Aren't sure if your suicide risk assessment meets the standard of care? Talk to the family.

Walking Through the Emotional Desert With Shaun Morgan

“You get super drunk or super high and you don’t feel anything. And that’s the whole point.”

Sexual Mummification

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 11, 2017 in In Excess
Some claim that mummification as a sexual fetish is on the increase. But what do we know about this sexual behavior from a psychological perspective?
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Stress and Addiction

There is solid evidence for the link between chronic stress and the motivation to abuse addictive substances.

3 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself After His Affair

Learn how to avoid common mistakes after discovering your spouse's sexual betrayal.

Brainwaves Different in People Addicted to Internet Gaming

After sampling only 10 minutes of brainwave patterns while Internet gamers sat doing nothing, researchers can see differences in their functional brain connectivity.

Why Teens Get High

It’s time teens get the real story about what marijuana can do to their bodies, their brains, and their futures.
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Where Are the Lawmakers?

Our lawmakers, the members we elect to the House and Senate, are charged with writing laws.
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Tech Companies Are Addicting People. Should They Stop?

By Nir Eyal on May 05, 2017 in Automatic You
Do tech companies have a moral responsibility to stop addicting us?

Streamin' Demon: Binge-Watching Isn't Good for Sleep

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Screen Time
Streaming television has become part of daily life. Watching before bed sounds like a blast, but the technology may affect your sleep.
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Who Is Actually in Charge When We Make Decisions?

Emotional awareness provides insight into the working of the mind and the nature of decisions.

Religious Self-Harm

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in In Excess
Some masochistic behaviours including self-flagellation have religious (rather than sexual) motivations. But what are the psychological reasons that motivate such behavior?