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Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control.

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.
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Is Your Relationship Toxic?

You may not realize your relationship is harming you or be able to leave. Find out the symptoms, whether there's hope for change, and steps you can put into action.

The Psychosocial Risks of Social Media and the Internet

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 21, 2017 in Culture Shrink
We need to remain vigilant about the risks of social media's influence on our society and human behaviors.

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Self-Compassion in Eating Disorder Recovery

Your eating disorder does not define you. Cultivating self-compassion will help you to understand your experience and find peace within yourself.

Who (or What) Runs Your World?

By Denise R Friedman Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Always More to Learn
Is social media really about mind control? Do you need a digital detox?
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How Exercise Can Help Keep You Drug-Free

By Richard Taite on September 09, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Exercise is a part of a healthy lifestyle and stimulates your body’s healthiest mechanisms by releasing feel-good endorphins, stimulating appetite and leading to more restful sleep

Semicolon Punctuates Mental Health Awareness

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
This global non-profit movement is dedicated to providing support for those struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.

Is the Concept of "Internet Addiction" a Misnomer?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in In Excess
Internet addiction is now a widely studied phenomenon. However most research shows that a minority of people have addictions on the internet but rarely to it.

How Parents (and Governments) Can Fix the Addiction Problem

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in All About Addiction
Many parents want to help solve their children's substance use problems. Approaching it from the "drug war" angle didn't prove useful for the U.S. and it won't work at home.
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Feeding Your Addiction

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Food Junkie
While it’s easy to list differences between foods and drugs our brains can have a very hard time differentiating between the pleasure derived from mild doses of some drugs.

You May Not Need Those Painkillers

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 06, 2016 in Open Gently
The brain can be retrained not to perceive pain.

Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

By Nir Eyal on September 06, 2016 in Automatic You
New research helps explains how to Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

Black Wave: Alcoholism, Creativity, and Today’s Truth

By Ariel Gore on September 05, 2016 in Women and Happiness
"The similarities between being a writer and an alcoholic far outweigh the differences. They both seem to spring from what may be a glitch in my neurochemistry." —Michelle Tea

Pamela Anderson & Shmuley Boteach: "Porn is for Losers"

By Marty Klein PhD on September 05, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
An anti-masturbation clergyman and a Baywatch actress join forces to promote a moral panic.

Counting Joy Points Not Calories? A New Angle on Weight Loss

By Laurel Mellin Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Rewired
Why not stop counting calories and start counting "joy points'?

Tonic Levels of Dopamine Lubricate Moments of Superfluidity

By Christopher Bergland on September 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Next week in Vienna, neuroscientists will meet for the 2016 Dopamine Conference. In this blog post, I reflect on what I've learned about dopamine through both sport and life.

Not All Excessive Sexual Behavior Is CSB

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on September 01, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
​Just because someone is hypersexual does not mean he or she has CSB (compulsive sexual behavior).

Frosh Week Worries: Overprotected Kids Are the Most at Risk

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
There is good research to suggest that children who experience the right amount of stress will do better at college than children of parents who snowplow away problems.

When Blaming the Messenger Pays Off

By Mark Borigini M.D. on August 31, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The authors of the paper conclude that these findings underscore the importance of the mind-body relationship and have important clinical implications.

Food Addiction Is Not About Willpower

Food addiction is an obsessiveness with food and with your body.

Your Cerebellum May Dictate How Your Brain Handles Alcohol

By Christopher Bergland on August 31, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A study published today in the Journal of Neuroscience offers fascinating new clues about the brain mechanisms behind reward processing, addiction, and alcohol abuse disorders.

How Much Sex Is Too Much Sex?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 30, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Normal sexual behavior may be overpathologized (that is, treated as disordered when it is not) if a clinician fails to recognize the wide range of normal human sexual expression...

Our Loved Ones Are Not "Bun Worthy"

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in A Family Affair
When addiction trumps good intentions, loved ones feel betrayed.

Commandeering Cuteness for Commercialism

By Douglas Van Praet on August 27, 2016 in Unconscious Branding
There is a good reason why cute and cuddly baby animals are tugging at your heart and pulling on your purse strings.

Neuroscience Suggests That We're All "Wired" for Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on August 26, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that everybody has the neurobiological potential to become an addict.

The Sexual Lie Detector

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Women Who Stray
The polygraph is widely discredited as a valid tool for detecting deception. So why are therapists and clinicians calling it a way to "keep sex addicts honest"?

The Therapeutic Value of Nature

By Dan Mager MSW on August 26, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Research suggests that spending time in nature can be extremely beneficial, leading to improvements in mood, cognition, and health.
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How the Government Is Fighting Against the Opioid Epidemic

One of the federal government’s important roles is to take on our county’s most pressing issues and respond with solutions on a national scale.
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The Perils of Multitasking

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Memory Medic
Multitasking not only becomes a habit, it is addictive. I see many youngsters who seem to have withdrawal symptoms if they can't check their phone messages every few minutes.

DSM-5 Made a Mistake Eliminating Substance Abuse

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Saving Normal
By eliminating "Substance Abuse," DSM-5 confounds the very different treatment, course, and prognosis of the typical college binge-drinker and a down-and-out end-stage addict.

Beyond Sobriety: Reclaiming Your Potential

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in A Shift of Mind
Can people move past the imprint of having been an addict? Does having to continue to see yourself through the snapshot of old behavior impede your personal growth?

International Overdose Awareness Day

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 23, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Knowing the importance of International Overdose Awareness Day.

Deconstructing Ryan Lochte's Shame and Fear of Vulnerability

By Christopher Bergland on August 19, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Ryan Lochte is in the hot seat for his shameful after-hours behavior in Rio last weekend. Is his apology for "not being more candid and careful" enough to appease his shame?