Essential Reads

10 Tips to Change From Reactive to Proactive in Situations

10 Ways to Be Less Reactive in Difficult Situations

Breakup: How to Tell If You Suffer from Complicated Grief

The emotional responses to a severe breakup can resemble the responses to death.

The Joy of Distraction

Why do people fail at self-control?

Recent Posts on Addiction


By Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. on February 03, 2015 in Get Out of Your Mind
Just because you’re not sick, doesn’t mean you’re healthy. We are used to that idea in physical health. The clarity we have with physical health, however, vanishes once we get to our own emotional, psychological, and social life.

Welcoming the Mentally Ill Back into Our Community

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 02, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
It has been my life’s passion to help the victims of mental illness discover that they can again be loveable, loving, purposeful people with the ability no longer to be overwhelmed by their illness.

NFL Message: Just Go Punch Someone

By Stanton Peele on February 02, 2015 in Addiction in Society
The NFL wants players to eschew unjustified, irrational, emotionally-driven violence—except if they feel like hitting people.

Is Addiction a Disease? Part 2

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on February 02, 2015 in Manage Your Stress
Even addicts are doing the best they can.

Day 30: Picking Your Starting Place

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on February 01, 2015 in Rethinking Psychology
Pick your starting place as you work to improve your mental health.

Exploring the Medicalization of Emotions

The team of professionals at The Pain Recovery Program at Father Martin’s Ashley believes that an integrated pain recovery treatment approach can successfully help chronic pain sufferers get well without reliance on pain medications.

"What's He Building in There?"—Anatomy of an Irrelationship

In irrelationship, we believe that we doing all the heavy lifting, either by giving, accepting or accommodating. Sooner than later, this creates smoldering resentment and distress on both sides. This disconnect is the result of each partner’s continuing as adults to play care taking roles that they took on toward their caregivers when they were small children.

Men Of Steal

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 30, 2015 in In Excess
In previous articles I have examined activities like shopping as an addiction. One similar such behavior is shoplifting. This article briefly looks at a new typology of shoplifting and argues that in some cases, shoplifting may even be an addiction.

The Mysterious Demise of Mr. Mojo Risin'

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 30, 2015 in Evil Deeds
What was Jim Morrison's state of mind at the time he died of an apparent drug and alcohol overdose in Paris? Existentialist Friedrich Nietzsche was his favorite philosopher. Had Morrison succumbed to nihilism and clinical despair?

Are You Too Busy to Be Yourself?

Are we so busy being busy that we've forgotten to be ourselves. One man found the answer.

Should You Use a Fitness Tracker?

The downside to fitness trackers

Day 27: Releasing Grudges

How holding grudges can become a "distraction addiction" and harm our mental health

The House We Build for ADHD

You’re building a home and a family — one with ADHD in the mix. The sheer volume of information and misinformation about ADHD can compromise your designs and make your house seem built of straw more than bricks. But it needn’t be this way. Reinforce the foundation, build upwards to address the rest of ADHD, and your home can be as solid as every other one on the block.

Talking About Sex Addiction

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 28, 2015 in Minority Report
Questions such as "Do you believe in sex addiction?" or "Is porn/masturbation ok?" are simplistic questions to challenging clinical issues. Instead, these questions need to be reframed from another vantage point.

Is Porn the Most Prevalent Drug?

Pornography is an increasingly widespread addiction, that continues to fly under the radar of common concern. Do you know just how addictive porn can be?

This Is Your Brain on Love

Remember the 1980s public service ad where the guy fries an egg and says: This is your brain on drugs? It is clear to most people that addictive drugs cause unnatural reactions in the human brain – reactions that sometimes lead to strange behaviors. But doesn’t love sometimes cause similarly strange behaviors?

Write Your Story, Improve Your Health

By Richard Taite on January 28, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
Studies have shown that writing about yourself and your personal experiences can improve mood disorders, improve health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Potential of Psilocybin in Mental Health Therapy

Over the past 50 years, tens of millions of people have used entheogens, yet there just is not much scientific evidence on either positive or negative long-term effects of these substances. The classical psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, etc.) are not known to cause brain damage and are regarded as non-addictive.

Day 26: Using Your Strengths In Addiction Recovery

Learn how to use your strengths to help deal with your addictive tendencies

The Joyless Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 28, 2015 in Science of Choice
Addicts often express that they continue to use drugs even when they no longer derive any pleasure.

The Fosters: A Terrific TV Series About an Adoptive Family

By E. Kay Trimberger Ph.D. on January 27, 2015 in Adoption Diaries
Main stream TV has created a show that documents both the difficulties and rewards of an open adoption system and the complicated adult relationships it spawns.

James Holmes: A Psychiatric Analysis

Is James Holmes a victim of insanity or a calculating killer?

Brush with the Law: An Arts in Prison Program

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on January 27, 2015 in Art on Trial
Guest blogger and artist Maria Maneos describes the tragic impetus and the development of her innovative nonprofit Prison Art organization "Brush with the Law," and how it has brought about effective and healthy change in those inmates that participate.

Sporting Chances

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 27, 2015 in In Excess
Games of chance (like lotteries) offer no significant edge to serious gamblers and are unlikely to be gambled upon. Serious gamblers gravitate towards types of gambling that provide an appropriate mix of chance and skill. This is one of the reasons why horse-race betting is so popular for gamblers. But what else do we know about the psychology of horse-race betting?

Bad Sports: 'Deflategate' and the Psychology of Cheating

By Jason Powers M.D. on January 27, 2015 in Beyond Abstinence
A study suggests that most cheaters, if found guilty, wouldn't experience much remorse. Researchers found that the "high" may be mitigated by the magnitude of the perceived consequences. However, over time and perhaps through self-reflection, cheaters may become more likely to regret their actions.

Food Cravings: Those "Torments of Expectation"

Food cravings are generally considered benign and extremely common among people in many, though not all, regions of the world. Cravings, however, may be associated with so-called “food addiction,” as well as disordered patterns of eating, and even less dietary restraint and ability to control one’s weight.

Day 22: Releasing Existential Sadness

Try reducing your existential sadness in the following simple way.

Is Addiction a Disease?

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on January 23, 2015 in Manage Your Stress
Even addicts are doing the best they can.

Day 21: Picking the Best Anxiety Management Strategy For You

Which anxiety management technique will work best for you? Pick from these dozen!

The Many Hues (and Cries) of Noir

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 22, 2015 in Creating in Flow
If you’ve ever spent a minute at a racetrack’s betting window, you’ll recognize the excitement of this accomplished thriller. Even if you haven’t, you’ll find yourself caring for the two main characters who share their journey seeking justice from a capricious world.