Essential Reads

The Adjustment of Adoptees

Studying the behavior and adjustment of adopted children

How Drug Addiction Impacts Infant Care

Substance abuse short circuits neural connections.

Rumination and Your Health

Rumination is linked to poor physiological reactivity

4 Predictions for the Future of Addiction Treatment

These advancements may be just over the horizon.

Recent Posts on Addiction

Limits of Natural and Logical Consequences in Parenting

By Ugo Uche on January 19, 2015 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
For a child, the natural rules of the universe and the rules set by his parents present with consequences for any decisions he makes. This is because children need their parents to survive. As a result, parents are the environment that children adapt to.

Day 17: Dramatically Reducing Your Defensiveness

Learn why reducing your defensiveness dramatically increases your mental health.

iPhone Separation Anxiety

Are you suffering from iPhone Separation Anxiety?

9 Essential Issues Good Therapy Should Address

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on January 18, 2015 in Think Well
Despite the fact that all people are unique individuals who will need their therapy tailored to their specific needs, there are some general factors that define good therapy. If you and your therapist are not addressing them, important therapeutic stones may be left unturned thus limiting your therapy's effectiveness.

Day 16: Reckoning With The Distress of Meaningless Work

In order to improve our mental health, we need to factor in the toll that meaningless work takes

Je Suis Charlie: Courage, Commitment and the Cost of Freedom

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 18, 2015 in Evil Deeds
It is easy for Americans and French citizens to take our freedom for granted. But these violent attacks remind all of us that freedom is something precious and precarious, and that it takes great courage and commitment to affirm and maintain it. This is an existential truism not only for nations or cultures, but for patients in psychotherapy too.

Putting Feelings Into Words: 3 Ways to Explain What You Feel

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 17, 2015 in Off the Couch
Have you ever had troubles finding the words for what you’re feeling or thinking? Most of us have encountered this difficulty at some time or another. It often happens just when we most need to be able to explain ourselves – when we’re feeling something particularly strongly or in a crisis or just want to communicate a strong feeling.

Day 15: Learning the Skill of Quick Meaning Repair

What can you do if life suddenly feels less meaningful? Practice the skill of quick meaning repair!

Day 14: Only Thinking Thoughts That Serve You

True thoughts aren't necessarily useful thoughts. Learn how to think thoughts that serve you!

Healing the Shame of Childhood Abuse Through Self-Compassion

Shame can be the most damaging effect of child abuse--compassion is its anecdote.

6 Ways to Make a Clean Break

The New Year often brings with it a desire for personal change and positive growth. For most people this involves a resolution to lose ten pounds, to keep the house clean, to stay on top of work once and for all, or something similar. That said, many people have something bigger in mind – ending a problematic relationship.

How Much Is Your Failed Resolution Costing You?

By David Maxfield on January 15, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
Why do so many of us fail at our resolutions? Three challenges and strategies to overcome them.

Day 13: Feeling Better Sooner Rather Than Later

What helps us make a needed change more easily? This one simple tactic!

Ten Things You Need to Know about Campus Sexual Assault

Sexaul assault on campus is common--far more common than many people imagine.

Let's Talk about Our Failures

Growing up we learn all the important subjects: Math, English, History, and Science. But at what point do we learn how to handle failure, betrayal, sadness? We need to start creating a language to make it ok to talk about the hardships in our lives because we all experience it, yet few talk about it.

The Neurological Differences in Men and Women Smokers

Talk to your physician for information on alternative smoking cessation programs. Individual plans can offer long-term success and a healthier lifestyle. It is never too late to benefit from quitting the habit of smoking and reduce the associated health risks.

Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines

By Richard Taite on January 14, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines

Day 12: Reducing Meaninglessness With One Single Question

Life not feeling too meaningful? Here's one simple thing to try!

5 Ways to Silence Shame

Shame is among the most corrosive of human emotions, with the power to convince us that that little voice in our head is right after all – you know, the one that says “I knew you’d fail,” “You’ll never really belong” and “Who would love you?”

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.