Essential Reads

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Confessions of a Smartphone Junkie

Protecting our “humanware” by changing our smartphone behavior

How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

Adult-Onset ADHD Is Usually Something Else

By David Rettew M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Doctors are seeing increasing numbers of people presenting with what looks like adult onset ADHD. A recent study, however, finds that ADHD is rarely the cause.

Is Addiction a Disease of the Brain?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Addiction is when the primary process mind overpowers the deliberative actor mind.

More Posts on Addiction

"Pornography Addiction" in 2017

When does porn use become problematic? Once per day? Ten or more times per month? And what exactly does "problematic porn use" mean anyway? Research doesn't offer answers.

Why Ghosting Is Leading the World's Mental Health Crisis

Our social media bubble is about to burst. With so much information coming at us, we are quickly losing sight of the human connection it was meant to create.

The Numbers Don't Lie

By John-Manuel Andriote on October 04, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
Think all gay men are drug-addled, sex-crazed, risk-taking hedonists? Think again this LGBT History Month.

Pharma Corruption Started the Opioid Epidemic

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 04, 2017 in Saving Normal
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.

Don't Let a Loved One Steal Your Joy

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is your loved one stealing your joy? Here are some ways to get it back.

Exorcise the Devil-vs.-Angel Analogy From Health Behaviors

Deciding what to eat for lunch isn't a battle between good and evil. It's just a choice. We can learn a lot by treating it as one.

What Causes Brain Zaps?

Brain zaps can be an unbearable side-effect of discontinuing an antidepressant. Although these brain shocks are often described as harmless, they may in fact be minor seizures.

Do You Have Social Media Disorder?

Is your social media use just enthusiastic or do you have a disorder? The 9-question Social Media Disorder scale can help you distinguish.

Today the Disease Theory Is Argued in Court

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The Massachusetts Supreme Court commences today deciding whether addiction is a disease that removes the capacity to choose. What would be its implications for decriminalization?

Your Mother's Fatty Diet

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
The specter of XXL shopping sprees, clogged arteries, and a heart attack while running to catch a bus always seemed to pop into my visual field when staring at the dessert bar.

10 Tips for Managing the Overwhelming Stress of Trying Times

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Feeling bombarded by record-breaking natural disasters, the opioid epidemic, and ongoing political and social strife? Here are 10 key tips for managing stress during trying times.
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8 Predictors of Early Onset of Binge Eating

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Science of Choice
Youth with loss of control go on to experience persistent and intensified problematic eating patterns during adulthood.
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Can Divorce Cause Addiction?

When choosing comfort after your split, make sure it's not something you might lean on too much.

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

Can we please stop pathologizing the desire to love and help?

How Losing a Parent Can Impact Your Mental Health

Complicated grief often results in attempts to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.

Are You a Social Media Addict?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
Are you addicted to social media or just a frequent user? This short psychological survey can help you find out.

How Brands Addict Us

By Douglas Van Praet on September 24, 2017 in Unconscious Branding
Brands are built to let you down and leave you wanting more

3 Signs That Scorekeeping is Destroying Your Relationship

Is toxic scorekeeping weighing down your loving relationship? Here are three ways to stop scorekeeping in its tracks!

Hope Versus Depression

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 24, 2017 in iAge
Could depression benefit from viewing hope as an illusion, and that depression reflects the reality of life? Could depression be a sense of realism closer to the truth?

Therapy for Gambling Addiction

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on September 24, 2017 in In Therapy
Gambling maintains the fantasy of success while denying some harsh, cruel realities.

Where Did the Opioid Epidemic Come From? Part One of Two

By Dan Mager MSW on September 21, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The opioid epidemic is a solely human created catastrophe, born of sincere intent that became mutated by unadorned profit-motivated greed. Here's how it happened.

Listen to Lady Gaga

By Judy Foreman on September 21, 2017 in A Nation in Pain
I'm so sorry for Lady Gaga's chronic pain, but the publicity for pain is good!

I Am Not an Addict!

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Naked Truth
Addiction is at epidemic levels in the United States. For most struggling with addiction, self-deception is one of the biggest obstacles to recovery.

Seven Words to Help Your Dependent, Stuck Adult Child

At an impasse with a dependent, stalled out adult child? Try saying these seven words before you say anything else.

Changes in Coverage Threaten Mental Health Parity

Children with mental illness require regular monitoring and behavior management. Now, insurance companies and legislation threaten equitable access to mental health treatment.

Answer Me This: Why Are Americans So Depressed?

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We are growing more depressed, with young people in the lead, and our pharmaceutical response is obviously not working. How about psychedelics?

They Won't Stop Because They Can't Stop: Part 2

“It was like watching a movie, one where you know something bad is about to happen to the main character, and you hope that somehow he escapes danger." James B.

Is Mindfulness Just Hype?

By Peggilee Wupperman Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Beyond Self-Destructive Behavior
Depending on the news source, you may have read that mindfulness is a miraculous life-changer, a harmful Pandora's box, or an utter sham. So which is it?

Opioid Addiction: Is This a War We Can Win?

Those who are familiar with “recovery from addiction” know that solving the crisis requires action. The battle lines are clear; it’s time to take a stand.

Gambling On Sports

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in In Excess
Gambling on sporting events is an incredibly popular activity, but what evidence is there that this particular type of gambling can be problematic?