Essential Reads

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.

More Posts on Addiction

The Asian Scarlet Letter

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 08, 2017 in Minority Report
Asian shame can be mystifying to those on the outside but it is a very tangible experience for Asians. So what is it?

No, Dopamine is Not Addictive

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Dopamine does many things, but it’s not actually a rewarding drug in your brain
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Give Gratitude a Go

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in A Family Affair
Developing an attitude of gratitude can help family and friends deal with the challenges of addiction.
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Incorporating Mind-Body Therapies into Addiction Treatment

Mind-body therapies like meditation, acupuncture, and yoga have been practiced for thousands of years and offer practical methods to decrease stress levels and improve mood.

Patience: A Wise Response to Life

In today’s society, we have come to expect the instantaneous, the rapid, the quick, the get-it-done-right-now. We are simply impatient people.

The Misleading “Sexual Addiction” Label

By Joe Kort Ph.D. on January 02, 2017 in Understanding the Erotic Code
The term “sexual addiction” carries misconceptions that can lead client and therapist down the wrong road
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Something with Poison in it …. Poppies.

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Pain medicines such as morphine have been of great benefit to those suffering from terrible pain but they can have serious side effects and can affect sleep in unexpected ways.

Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 31, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Is your gut telling you that your child with autism has too much screen time? Here are 11 reasons why ASD kids are more vulnerable to screen time effects, including addiction.
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Talk to Your Family about Drinking This New Year’s Eve

By Richard Taite on December 30, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Make sure you take a moment to talk with your loved ones about responsible alcohol use this New Year’s Eve.
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Making New Year’s Resolutions that Work in 2017

Here are six tips to help you create New Year’s resolutions that will actually change your life.

Have a Child with ADHD? Neurofeedback Is a Great Alternative

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 27, 2016 in All About Addiction
We've all been hearing about medications for ADHD for years - the pros, cons and in-betweens. But no-one is talking about a non-medication treatment that works wonders.

Why We Owe Carrie Fisher a Debt of Gratitude

Carrie Fisher was a champion for mental health and helped reduce stigma about mental illness and brain disorders. We owe her a debt of gratitude for being open about her struggle.

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.

Drug Use as Epidemic Phenomena

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in Science of Choice
The idea of a drug epidemic captures the fact that drug use is a learned behavior, transmitted from one person to another.

"You're an Addict!"

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 21, 2016 in Minority Report
The term "addict" conjures up many negative connotations yet it can also be the most useful term to break one's denial in their journey towards recovery.

5 Tips for Limiting Sugar During the Holidays

By Georgia Ede MD on December 21, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
New to the low-sugar lifestyle? Stay motivated and on course with these simple strategies.

Celebrate Your Nice List

Don’t stress if you didn’t find anything for a loved one recovering from addiction on Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Sex Addiction's Diversity Problem

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Women Who Stray
An overwhelming majority of the people receiving, treating or arguing about sex addiction are white. What does this lack of diversity mean?

Mirror, Mirror on the (Facebook) Wall

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
Is social media use creating narcissists?

Hypnosis And Sexual Health

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 14, 2016 in In Excess
Seduction through mind control (i.e., erotic hypnosis) has a long history in Western culture but what do we know about hypnosis and sexual health from a psychological perspective?

My Son Is Smoking Marijuana and I'm A Mess

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What To Do When You Learn About Your Child & Marijuana

Tweet or Troll? Why Twitter Is Amazingly Addictive

By Judson Brewer, MD, Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Craving Mind
Why do we tweet at 3 a.m.? A few hints from behavioral neuroscience may help us understand our Twitter addictions — and learn how to break them.

What Is Narrative Bias?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 12, 2016 in Science of Choice
We humans generally aren’t great at reasoning objectively about uncertainty as we go about our daily lives.

Culture Got Your Tongue?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 11, 2016 in Minority Report
What's "love" got to do with it? In one word-everything! In this dramatic video, you will see how the phrase, "I love you" is shared for the first time by adult Asian-Americans.

Marijuana: Rolling Out the Green Carpet - Lawful and Safe?

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
The Green Revolution has resulted in a misconception that legal marijuana is safe under all circumstances. Potential consumers are advised to read up before they light up.
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Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain

Stress creates feelings that we sometimes deal with in maladaptive ways.

From Client to Counselor

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 09, 2016 in Minority Report
I grew up in a traditional Chinese immigrant household which stressed the virtues of collectivism, harmony, and honor. In a way, my upbringing shaped my own addictions.

Stop Obsessing or Fixating With a Fast Cognitive Technique

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on December 08, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
One cognitive technique takes only a minute or two to do, and it can reroute your mood and thinking instantly. Why stay stuck in a bad mood or fixated on something negative?

Why Drinking When You're Stressed Is Risky Business

By David DiSalvo on December 08, 2016 in Neuronarrative
Here’s something to keep in mind as the holidays unfold: If you drink alcohol when you’re stressed, you may be flipping a switch that makes heavier drinking all the more likely.

Family and Depression During the Holiday

Preparing for holiday stress can make it less so