Essential Reads

Men's Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Talking About Men
Numerous researchers state that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. Is this the case? What are the issues and what are the solutions to improve men's mental health?

Can Craving for Cocaine Be Blocked in Addicted Individuals?

Ketamine may significantly diminish craving for cocaine in addicted individuals.
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Three Reasons Why Good Sleep Is Crucial for Mental Health

By Richard Taite on January 27, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
Many of the most common sleep aids have some risk for abuse or physical dependency.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Holds Promise for Treating Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on January 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Vagus nerve stimulation can reduce cravings and may offer a radical new way to break the cycle of addictive behaviors, according to early findings from a preclinical study.

More Posts on Addiction

Have a Child with ADHD? Neurofeedback is a great alternative

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 27, 2016 in All About Addiction
We've all been hearing about medications for ADHD for years - the pros, cons and in-betweens. But no-one is talking about a non-medication treatment that works wonders.

Why We Owe Carrie Fisher a Debt of Gratitude

Carrie Fisher was a champion for mental health and helped reduce stigma about mental illness and brain disorders. We owe her a debt of gratitude for being open about her struggle.

Cutting Down on Drinking or Drugs the Natural Way

Is your drinking or drug use getting out of control? Natural supplements and other non-medication approaches can help.

Drug Use as Epidemic Phenomena

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in Science of Choice
The idea of a drug epidemic captures the fact that drug use is a learned behavior, transmitted from one person to another.

"You're an Addict!"

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 21, 2016 in Minority Report
The term "addict" conjures up many negative connotations yet it can also be the most useful term to break one's denial in their journey towards recovery.

5 Tips for Limiting Sugar During the Holidays

By Georgia Ede MD on December 21, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
New to the low-sugar lifestyle? Stay motivated and on course with these simple strategies.

Celebrate Your Nice List

Don’t stress if you didn’t find anything for a loved one recovering from addiction on Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Sex Addiction's Diversity Problem

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Women Who Stray
An overwhelming majority of the people receiving, treating or arguing about sex addiction are white. What does this lack of diversity mean?

Mirror, Mirror on the (Facebook) Wall

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
Is social media use creating narcissists?

Hypnosis And Sexual Health

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 14, 2016 in In Excess
Seduction through mind control (i.e., erotic hypnosis) has a long history in Western culture but what do we know about hypnosis and sexual health from a psychological perspective?

My Son Is Smoking Marijuana and I'm A Mess

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What To Do When You Learn About Your Child & Marijuana

Tweet or Troll? Why Twitter Is Amazingly Addictive

By Judson Brewer, MD, Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Craving Mind
Why do we tweet at 3 a.m.? A few hints from behavioral neuroscience may help us understand our Twitter addictions — and learn how to break them.

What Is Narrative Bias?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 12, 2016 in Science of Choice
We humans generally aren’t great at reasoning objectively about uncertainty as we go about our daily lives.

Culture Got Your Tongue?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 11, 2016 in Minority Report
What's "love" got to do with it? In one word-everything! In this dramatic video, you will see how the phrase, "I love you" is shared for the first time by adult Asian-Americans.

Rolling Out the Green Carpet: Yet Legal Does Not Mean Safe

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
The Green Revolution has resulted in a misconception that legal marijuana is safe under all circumstances. Potential consumers are advised to read up before they light up.
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Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain

Stress creates feelings that we sometimes deal with in maladaptive ways.

From Client to Counselor

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 09, 2016 in Minority Report
I grew up in a traditional Chinese immigrant household which stressed the virtues of collectivism, harmony, and honor. In a way, my upbringing shaped my sex addiction.

Stop Obsessing or Fixating With a Fast Cognitive Technique

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on December 08, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
One cognitive technique takes only a minute or two to do, and it can reroute your mood and thinking instantly. Why stay stuck in a bad mood or fixated on something negative?

Why Drinking When You're Stressed Is Risky Business

By David DiSalvo on December 08, 2016 in Neuronarrative
Here’s something to keep in mind as the holidays unfold: If you drink alcohol when you’re stressed, you may be flipping a switch that makes heavier drinking all the more likely.

Family and Depression During the Holiday

Preparing for holiday stress can make it less so

The Psychology of Financial Dominatrixes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in In Excess
There have been an increasing number of media reports about women who demand money from men who in turn get sexual pleasure from the activity. But why?

Does Free Will Exist?

Reasonable people can disagree on whether neuroscience casts doubt on free will.
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When Heroin Comes Home

By Lybi Ma on December 05, 2016 in Brainstorm
Being addicted to pain meds is like having an invader with OCD inside your brain. Guest post by Jacqueline Sheehan.

Coming Home From War and Metallica’s “Confusion”

By William Irwin Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in Plato on Pop
Though mercifully few of us have PTSD or have done a tour of duty in a combat zone, we have all been scarred. Life is a return from battle.

Embracing the Cs and More

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in A Family Affair
Is your loved one breaking your heart? Courage, compassion, and community can help you cope.
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What You Should Know Before Filling Your Prescription

By Richard Taite on December 02, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
If you are thinking of getting a prescription to help control your anxiety, consider other tools or skills you could develop to help alleviate your suffering.
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Medical Treatment Shouldn’t Limit Second Amendment Rights

There is a complication to marijuana legalization: Handgun ownership privileges are denied to those who use marijuana.

Workaholism and Psychiatric Disorders

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in In Excess
There has been an increasing amount of research into workaholism but was is the relationship between work addiction, ADHD, OCD and depressions?

Like Kryptonite for Kratom

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The American Kratom Association (aka, AKA) raised $400,000 from its newly motivated membership—its usual intake being $80,000 a year—to fund an army of lobbyists and keep kratom.

All I Want for Christmas Is a Pony

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
Is impulsive buying and shopping stressing you out this holiday season?