Essential Reads


The Case for Including Mental Health Care in the Workplace

You shouldn’t take for granted that your workplace positively contributes to your employees’ mental health.

Will Your Gamer Survive College?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 26, 2016 in Mental Wealth
If you're concerned about your son's video game habits spinning out of control when he goes to college, you're right to be worried—but here's what parents can do.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": A fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

Study Pinpoints Brain Circuitry of Emotional Decision-Making

By Christopher Bergland on September 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
We all know the gut-wrenching feeling of making a tough emotional decision. Recently, MIT neuroscientists pinpointed the brain mechanics behind emotional decision-making.

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Screentime and Arrested Social Development

Millennials can have a hard time conversing and making eye contact when face-to-face. How will this affect them when it comes time to be an adult in the real world?

10 Factors Predicting Relapse

An understanding of the circumstances under which people fail at self-control can provide valuable insights into how to overcome self-control problems.

The Anatomy of Addiction

By The Book Brigade on June 30, 2016 in The Author Speaks
The time for medication-assisted treatment of addiction has come.

Nazi Fetishism

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in In Excess
Examples of Nazi fetishism can be found in both musical content and films but what do we know about it from an academic and psychological perspective?

When Sharing Is Not Such a Good Idea

By Mark Borigini M.D. on June 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
If only someone could take back the real Original Sin: the lack of common sense.

5 Proven Ways to Beat Temptation and Boost Your Willpower

Self-control is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Making an early decision to change your environment takes less effort and is likely to be more successful than using willpower

The "Rock Bottom" Myth and the Shame It Brings On

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in All About Addiction
Mental health labels can help us understand our clients, but they can also make us completely miss who they are. Here is a cautionary tale of one girl's difficult road back.

Susan Silver: Job Justice

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Sensoria
We must help ex-offenders connect "with appropriate community resources to find jobs, housing, substance abuse, treatment, and mental health care."

44 Billion Reasons to Stop Drinking

By Rubin Khoddam on June 27, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
The National Institute of Health is preparing to fund the largest study of brain development in adolescents to date. Read why they are going to spend $150 million on it.

What Is a Behavioral Addiction?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 27, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Ingesting drugs and alcohol may produce short-term rewards that then result in a lack of control over the behavior.

Prince's Death and the Opioid Addiction/Overdose Myth

By Stanton Peele on June 26, 2016 in Addiction in Society
The emergent narrative of Prince's drug use and death makes no sense, but simply serves to reinforce popular but misguided ideas about addiction and deaths due to drugs.
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“Hero” Serial Killers

In the news recently was a male nurse who claims he endangered and killed so many patients he'd lost count; he had wanted to be a hero.

What I Learned About Alcohol and Alcoholism at the Hospital

By Stanton Peele on June 25, 2016 in Addiction in Society
You get some sense, and some nonsense, at the hospital about alcohol.

Signs Your Children Are Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on June 24, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Summer is here and that means teenagers are out of school. Here are signs to look out for to tell if your teenager might be abusing drugs and alcohol in their free time.

Erotic Lactation

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in In Excess
Lactophilia is a sexual paraphilia where individuals (typically male) derive sexual pleasure from watching women lactate. But what do we know about this sexual behaviour?

Why is Gratitude a Helpful Tool for Loved Ones?

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on June 21, 2016 in A Family Affair
Research supports the benefits of gratitude. It can help shift one's perspective from negative to positive.

Philadelphia’s Snack a Tax

Is a taxation to limit mastication ever justifiable or effective?

Which Way Will Prince’s Death Lead Us in the Opioid Fight?

Common sense and compassion in dealing with addiction can be hard to find, but the defeat of punitive fentanyl legislation offers hope.

Preventable: Straight Talk About Prince's Overdose

Creative lives might be saved--or at least improved--if the industry as a whole takes a few simple steps.

Baby Boomers Have Shorter Lifespans

By Kimberly Key on June 17, 2016 in Counseling Keys
While increasing numbers of the Great Generation are living past 100, Baby Boomers are facing earlier deaths at alarming rates, making Millennials the largest population group.

Feeding Your Brain

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 15, 2016 in Cravings
Are you addicted to eating? Does food change your mood? It's all in your head!

Gambling, Sex, And Gaming In Virtual Reality

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 15, 2016 in In Excess
There is little scientific evidence (as yet) that individuals have become addicted to virtual reality (VR) applications. However, could the new VR applications be addictive?

Prince Would Do Prison Time Under Fentanyl Bill

By Jason Powers M.D. on June 14, 2016 in Beyond Abstinence
Senate proposal harkens back to the 1980s, when low-level offenders were locked up for decades.

Are Celebrity Doctors the Angels of Death?

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 10, 2016 in Culture Shrink
Celebrity doctors and VIP treatment need to follow the basic ethics of the Hippocratic Oath, do no harm, instead of catering to the whims of their famous clients.

Three ways depression is connected to food

With depression often comes dissatisfaction with one’s appearance. Food, the fuel our body runs on, plays a key role in this mind-body relationship.

Eating Disorder Treatment: In Home Transitional Support

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on June 08, 2016 in Bottom's Up
Transitional eating disorder specialists are meeting clients in their homes, at local restaurants, on college campuses, or just off campus to provide meal support and coaching.

Can Quilting Be an Addiction?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in In Excess
There is academic research on the psychology and sociology of quilting and online reports of the quilting hobby being "addictive". This article separates the fact and the fiction.

Religious Disapproval of Porn

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 07, 2016 in Open Gently
Using porn more than once a week seems tied to shame.
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10 Reasons We Rush for Immediate Gratification

In the same way that preferences for food items differ across people, so do preferences for time.

Can Antidepressants Turn You Into a Food Addict?

There may be a very simple cure for treating food addiction issues.