Essential Reads

Theo Fleury Is Teaching Us How to Heal

Hockey great explains power of conversation

Get Out of Yourself

Put your mind on something else, or your troubles will take up the whole world.

Think You Can't Get Drunk on Soda Water? Think Again.

A powerful demonstration of how easily we can be fooled.

Malignant Narcissism and the Murder of a Parent

Loving parents, disturbed children and 12 approaches to the problem

Recent Posts on Addiction

Day 11: Turning Your Meaning Needs Into Action Steps

What should you do when a meaning crisis strikes? Create a plan of action!

Painkillers and the NFL: Why the Players Sued

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on January 13, 2015 in Brain Babble
The legalities of the claim that the NFL got their players addicted to painkillers will likely be argued for a long time. But the questions remain: why are prescription opioids used so often for pain relief, and why are they so addictive?

Bump Start

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 13, 2015 in In Excess
One of the more interesting and somewhat controversial male psychological conditions that have been reported relatively frequently in psychological research literature is Couvade syndrome (sometimes called sympathetic pregnancy) but is not generally recognized as a bona fide medical condition. But what does the psychological literature tell us about this disorder?

Irrelationship's Patient Zero Couple

Irrelationship is what happens when two people co-create/-maintain a way of relating that protects them from love's dangers—from the anxiety and insecurities that go along with being vulnerable to the risks of being in love. We are going to follow a couple as they explore the ways that irrelationship protects them from empathy, intimacy emotional risk and investment.

Day 10: Tackling the Boredom Behind Our Frantic Busyness

Effectively dealing with the boredom that masks meaning problems and causes us to keep ourselves over-busy

The Teenage Brain Blog

By Frances E Jensen M.D. on January 12, 2015 in The Teenage Brain
How new research is turning the tables on myths about the teenage brain: Revealing hidden strengths and weaknesses

The Quickest, Smartest Way to Bring More Love into Your Life

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on January 12, 2015 in Finding Love
In deciding your most important goals for 2015, don’t forget the factor that's most likely to give you joy, contentment, and a deep sense of personal meaning and mission. We all know what that is: It's loving relationships. I'm referring to all forms of love, not just romantic love. Here is the simplest and best way to create a more love-filled year ahead.

The Lust Murderer: Asocial vs. Nonsocial

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 11, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
In 1980, 35 years ago, the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit proposed the distinction between organized and disorganized killers, which is still used for behavioral interpretation at crime scenes.

6 Tips for Dealing With Passive-Aggressive People

Are you dealing with someone who’s passive-aggressive in your life? Relating to a passive-aggressive person can be a difficult experience, with many moments of frustration, anger, and despair. How can you stay on top of the situation and maintain your equanimity? Here are keys to successfully handle passive-aggressive personal relationships...

Day 9: Reducing Your Anxiety Using One Simple Visualization

Learn how to use a simple visualization technique to help manage your anxiety.

Celibacy Period

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 09, 2015 in Minority Report
When couples are struggling with a partner's sex addiction, taking sex off the table may be difficult for some spouses who fear the addict will go back to his/her old ways. Therapeutically clinicians in this field will ask for a 90 day celibacy period. This may seem surprising but this is critical in the early stages of recovery for both the addict and the partner.

Day 8. Offering One Small Gift With Love

our mental health hinges on many large matters -- but also on the smallest gestures

What’s Good about Equality?

Whenever we apply macro analyses to individuals, we deal in stereotypes. When we reduce others to stereotypes we become one ourselves.

Welcome to Chronic Pain 360: Real Hope for Recovery

We need to rethink the way we treat chronic pain.

Day 7: Having Hope When Hope Makes Little Sense

Hope is an essential ingredient to mental health. What should you do if you can't find reasons to keep hoping?

Methadone Treatment May Prolong Addiction

The most important missing link in methadone treatment is drug counselling.

Cancer Prevention Starts at Home

Your real wealth is your health.

Defining the Competent Psychiatrist

What is a competent psychiatrist? Harsh critics declare the question moot, official bodies print long lists of "competencies." Is the answer in between? What does it take to understand and help troubled people?

Does Technology "Crack" You Up? Maybe.

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on January 07, 2015 in Just Listen
The thrill of an adrenaline rush is only exceeded by the dread of an adrenaline crash.

Brain Insights and Well-Being

By Daniel J. Siegel M.D. on January 07, 2015 in Inspire to Rewire
Brain regions and linking their functions enable more effective integration.

The Move Away from Abstinence Based Addiction Treatment

By Richard Taite on January 07, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
The face of addiction treatment is changing, and not for the better.

Why Cravings Occur

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Science of Choice
For addicts, the trouble begins once they decide to give up the addiction.

Bill Cosby’s Legal Team: Playing Hardball with PTSD Victims

By Deborah King on January 07, 2015 in Mining the Headlines
You've been drugged and sexually assaulted. How would you feel about talking about it?

AA Following Rehab: Does It Matter?

By Joseph Nowinski Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in The Almost Effect
AA following rehab enhances recovery

Day 6: Not Tripping Repeatedly In The Very Same Spot

Learn a simple strategy to help yourself not trip repeatedly over the same obstacles and challenges

A Strong Girl Behind Yoga Recovery

By Anna B David on January 07, 2015 in After Party Chat
The movement to pair yoga with addiction recovery work is growing larger than ever. Read the back story behind the woman leading the charge in Canada.

10 Surprising Facts About Failure

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
You cannot always control whether you fail in life but you can and need to control how you respond once you do.

Can a 17-Year-Old Refuse to Consent to Cancer Treatment?

A 17-year-old is attempting to refuse further chemotherapy and her arguments will be heard before the Supreme Court of Connecticut on Thursday. What reasons exist for denying teenagers the ability to consent to medical treatment?

The Health Risks of Binge Drinking

Drinkers generally understand how binge drinking alters behavior. However, more than behavior changes with intoxication. Binge drinking is a significant cause of accidents. It increases the risk of falls, burns, gunshot wounds, car accidents, arguments and poisoning.

The Most Important Keys to a Healthy Diet

Incorporating these 8 simple steps into your daily eating regimen can help you achieve the health you are working towards.