Essential Reads

A Startling Update on Addiction

New research suggests it's not about the pleasure, it's about the craving

Is Fitspiration Bad For You?

The psychological impact of viewing thin and muscular ideals

Self-Deception Has Many Faces

Self-deception involves incongruity between beliefs, actions, and the world

The Mindful Geek

A Radically New Way to Quit Smoking

Recent Posts on Addiction

To Fix or to Build?

People prone to irrelationship commonly make projects of fixing other people’s problems in much the way some people are drawn to the challenge of rescuing a foundering business. However, while saving a failing company is an exhilarating exercise for some, fixing another person’s life is usually attractive only to people who need to deflect awareness of their own anxiety.

How Diet Can Help Alleviate Chronic Pain

My colleague Carol Bowman, M.D., staff physician and director of The Pain Recovery Program at Father Martin’s Ashley, discusses the positive outcomes associated with an anti-inflammatory diet as part of an integrated treatment approach for patients suffering from chronic pain.

11 Ways to Help a Friend With Bipolar Disorder

Those diagnosed with bipolar disorder may be at the mercy of extreme mood swings, but they are not powerless. Medication, therapy and a healthy lifestyle can help them enjoy full and productive lives, especially when supplemented by the support of those closest to them.

Close Encounters with Criminal Minds

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
During the late 19th century a pathologist-turned-criminologist founded the technique of criminal autobiographies; from within the stories came deep truths.

St. Patrick's Day Drinking: Facts, Hangovers, and Advice

Watch out for the lure of too much green beer.

Are You Having Enough Sex?

As a psychotherapist specializing in sexual and intimacy disorders, I can tell you that for a lot of individuals and couples the amount of sex they’re having (or not having) can be worrisome.

The 'Other' Marshmallow Test

The tower building exercise - and its marshmallow - reveals another secret of successful human behavior, in this case for mental health professionals: when we put the goals of our patients first and foremost, they are going to be more effective, and so will we.

Where Are You?

Ayeka: the more we are open to the question, the more we can be clear about how to chart a course forward on our path.

The Risks of College Age Drinking

There are now 135 Collegiate Recovery communities on campuses all over the country. They are geared to support students in recovery from addiction who are seeking a degree in higher education by sharing the goals of providing personal support, preventing occurrences of relapse, and promoting academic performance.

Why Some People Are More Resilient Than Others

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on March 11, 2015 in Good Thinking
Everyone suffers at least one negative life event. A recent study discovered two factors that characterize resilient people following negative or even traumatic life events.

Is There a Link Between Intelligence and Mental Illness?

Plagued by mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar polar disorder, and schizophrenia, are a host of artists, writers and famous people throughout history.

Cyberstalking: The Fastest Growing Crime

The shift to living virtually has happened so quickly and so pervasively that we have hardly had time to adjust to all the implications. Cyberstalking is a compulsion. It aims to humiliate, control, frighten, manipulate, embarrass, get revenge at, or otherwise harm the victim.

Wilderness Programs for a Struggling Child

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 10, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
As a last resort for behaviorally disturbed kids, wilderness programs provide a new chapter and offer an opportunity for greater self-control, self-esteem, and wisdom. They are good for the kids, their families, the juvenile justice system, and society.

5 Must-Ask Questions When Your Doctor Prescribes Painkillers

So what’s a patient to do when they’re on the receiving end of an opioid painkiller prescription? Talk. It may not feel natural to question your caregiver—they are the one with the medical degree after all—but healthy skepticism is in order when opioids are recommended.

Sexed Text and Writing Wrongs

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 10, 2015 in In Excess
Erotographomania means different things to different people. For some it is when individuals derive sexual pleasure and arousal from writing love poems or letters. For others it's the drawing obscene pictures and diagrams in lavatories, public urinals or writing obscene anonymous letters to young girls. But what do we really know about it?

Staying Present and Engaged

By Steve Sisgold on March 10, 2015 in Life in a Body
As human beings, we possess a unique and very powerful ability to focus our attention on the present moment.

How does Love Affect Happiness?

Unlike marriage, love seems to increase happiness significantly. This was the conclusion of a seventy-year long longitudinal study of two socially different groups.

Un-Break My Heart

The time immediately following the shock and bewilderment of a breakup is driven by an overflow of stress chemicals released by your brain in response to the trauma that is happening to you. Your emotions run wild. As the fictional detective Dirk Gently would put it, you are in a state of mind that would make even Mother Teresa spank babies. How can you fall out of love?

Kevin Sessums 2.0: Waking Up After the Fire

By Mark Matousek on March 09, 2015 in Ethical Wisdom
What is the connection between fame and longing? Addiction and loss? Author Kevin Sessums talks about both in his new book, "I Left It On the Mountain"

How We Fall Out of Love

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 09, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Though there has been extensive research looking at the psychology of romantic love, is it possible to learn what can cause people to fall out of love with their significant other? For that matter, how is it possible to move on after a relationship comes to an end? A new article published in Review of General Psychology raises some intriguing questions about this.

Hopeful Research for Stopping Suicides

Promising suicide research in military

Teenage Brains: Why Do They Do What They Do?

How is our environment contributing to teen risk taking?

3 Major Warning Signs of Relationship Trouble

Most of us want to meet and settle down with the “right” person, and most of us want such a relationship to last. Yet, 53% of marriages in the U.S., 48% in Canada, 47% in the U.K., and 43% in Australia end in divorce. What are some of the major warning signs of a relationship in trouble? Here are three key indicators based on research...

Feeling No Pain in America

Emotions are meant to be felt and expressed, not viewed as signs of disease.

Are You Mentally Strong Enough to Combat Stress?

We can't get rid of all the stress in our lives, but we can choose to increase our resilience to stress. Building mental strength protects us from the harmful physical and psychological toll stress can take.

Valerian for Sleep and Weaning Off Anxiety Medications

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on March 05, 2015 in Inner Source
Which herb may be the best for sleep, and also help avoid withdrawal from anti-anxiety drugs?

The Truth about Pain Relief

Opioids are pain medications including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl or hydrocodone.

Jodi Arias Update

The Jodi Arias jury deliberations continue.

Let's Honor Leonard Nimoy and End Smoking in Rehab

By Jason Powers M.D. on March 04, 2015 in Beyond Abstinence
Leonard Nimoy, an icon to millions of Trekkies as Mr. Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human first officer of the Enterprise, fell victim to the most human of all diseases: addiction.

You Just Found Your Kid’s Drug Stash - Now What?

Don’t delay in talking to your child. Take a little time to get educated about commonly abused drugs and adolescent substance use trends so you can better assess your child’s risks.