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The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.
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What Causes Someone to Develop an Eating Disorder?

Individuals with eating disorders are suffering because of an inadequate attachment with their caregivers.

When to End a Friendship and How to Do It

Breaking up with a friend is one of the most difficult things to do.

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Physical Activity May Be a Drug-Free Elixir for Chronic Pain

Lower levels of sedentary behavior and higher levels of physical activity may be critical for maintaining effective endogenous pain inhibitory function, according to a new study.

Sex and the Internet

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in In Excess
The Internet has enabled people’s engagement in a wide variety of online sexual behaviours. For a small minority, such behaviors may take on addictive qualities.

Therapy Adventures

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on March 07, 2017 in Minority Report
Have you ever experienced the transformational power of nature? If so, imagine how nature can act as the backdrop to healing, inspiration, and transformation when combined with...

Is Gabor Maté Sacrosanct?

By Stanton Peele on March 06, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Gabor Maté's trauma-based approach to addiction, and his workshops, have their own traumatizing effects.

I'm Caught Between Two Men

What to consider when selecting a partner.
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Thoreau: The Video Game

By George Michelsen Foy on March 03, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
A video game based on "Walden" offers a virtual walk in the woods, even as it contradicts the spirit of Thoreau's book.

After Cheating: Restoring Relationship Trust

After so many lies and secrets, can trust ever be restored?

Tickling Fetishism Explored

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in In Excess
Arguably one of the most obscure paraphilias is knismophilia (sexual arousal from tickling). This post explores tickling fetishes by examining online resources about the behavior.

10 Warning Signs of a Problem with Alcohol

Small changes in behavior may point to bigger troubles with alcohol.

Did I Quit Drugs to Die from Smoking?

People in recovery often turn to cigarettes to help them cope, raising their risk of health complications from nicotine addiction.

The Neuroscience of Wanting and Pleasure

By Marwa Azab Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Neuroscience in Everyday Life
If you feel like you are running out of steam, it is OK! Motivation goes up and down. If the tide was high all the time, we would fail to see the beauty of calm oceans.

Celebrate Progress

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is perfection getting in the way of helping your loved one? Focus on progress instead.

Sex Addiction 101

By The Book Brigade on February 23, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Despite the debate whether sex addiction is a “real” disorder, many people struggle with problematic sexual behavior. There are ways to break free of compulsive sexual behavior.
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Can Addiction Start in the ER?

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on February 23, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Is the opioid epidemic jump-started in the Emergency Room?
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10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Science of Choice
The following list identifies several important behavioral patterns associated with addiction.

Jonezen Finds His Frequency

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Brick by Brick
The music of Christopher Richard Jones – better known as the Hip Hop artist Jonezen – has been connecting.

Drug Use And Creativity

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in In Excess
A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.

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.

A Teen's Journey of Their Own

By The Resilience Regiment on February 17, 2017 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with Paradigm Treatment Centers

Seeing the Whole Picture

By The Resilience Regiment on February 17, 2017 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks to Evolve Treatment Centers

Trumpaholics Anonymous

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Couch and Stage
An imagined group of Donald Trump addicts convenes in a church basement.

National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on February 16, 2017 in Sure Recovery
Why family-based recovery is important.

David Bowie's Life at the Extremes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in In Excess
David Bowie was one of the most interesting people that ever lived. With an ever-shifting persona he sometimes lived life at the extremes (addiction and an interest in the occult)

A Life-Pivoting Change of Identity

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
Hunger for pride can become dangerously addictive. Abandoning pride and being proud no matter what, don't solve it. Instead, change what you're proud of.

Addicted to Your Kid? Narcissism, Fear and Parenting

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on February 13, 2017 in Adoption Stories
It's possible for people to be addicted to other people—including their children.

Why Gaslighters Accuse You of Gaslighting

Gaslighters frequently accuse their victims of manipulating, cheating, and being addicted. Why do gaslighters do this, and why does this tactic work so well?

Sex And Water Fetishes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in In Excess
Water-based fetishes and paraphilias appear to be rare but there are various references to it in both the popular and academic literature. To find out more, read on.

My Daughter Has Been Rejecting Me for Years

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How to deal with rejection from your young adult daughter.
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How to Achieve Your Goals by Creating an Enemy

By Nir Eyal on February 09, 2017 in Automatic You
If used correctly, scapegoating can be a powerful tool for resisting temptation and sticking to hard goals.

Failure to Launch: What do we (mom & dad) do now?

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on February 08, 2017 in Healing and Growing
Helen and Bill were at their wits end with their son, Josh, 22. What can parents do to help young people struggling with adult life?