Essential Reads

Study Pinpoints Brain Circuitry of Emotional Decision-Making

By Christopher Bergland on September 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
We all know the gut-wrenching feeling of making a tough emotional decision. Recently, MIT neuroscientists pinpointed the brain mechanics behind emotional decision-making.
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How Drum Circles Can Improve, if Not Cure, Your Depression

Have you ever wondered how people used to treat depression before prescription medications were invented?

Anthony Weiner Is Not a Sex Addict, Neither Is Anyone Else

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
"Sex addiction" doesn't pass muster in medical research, but you'd never know it by those benefiting from keeping it in the public discourse.

Life... Don't Talk to Me About Life

By Robert J King Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Hive Mind
The U.K. press recently picked up our paper about violence and gambling. Here's why they (and other traits) tend to go together and why this matters.

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Alcohol Moderation Treatment Works!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 in All About Addiction
From individual examples to data from dozens of patients, research is showing that moderate drinking can be a successful alternatives to alcohol abstinence. So where is the field?

Obsessive Teeth Whitening and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2016 in In Excess
Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic procedure, but there are anecdotal reports of obsessive and addictive teeth whitening and as a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder.

3 Reasons Why Psychotherapy by Apps Might Be the Future

Mobile apps reach far beyond millennials, hipsters, and emojis.

4/20/16: Now That It's Nearly Normal...

By Eliezer Sobel on April 19, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
I certainly hope the rest of you have a great time, if and when widespread legalization comes to pass. And I’ll be really sorry to miss the party.

Old Habits Die Hard

By Suzette Glasner-Edwards Ph.D. on April 18, 2016 in Navigating Addiction Recovery
Are you trying to break an old habit without much luck? Try a few tips to stay motivated.

This Is What Screen Time Really Does to Kids' Brains

A number of troubling studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media

Has the Opioid Pendulum for Treating Pain Swung Too Far?

With the epidemic of opioid and heroin addictions sweeping the country—physicians are pinpointing new best practices for "balanced" multidisciplinary pain management strategies.

Heavy Marijuana Use May Reduce Your Brain's Dopamine Release

A new study has identified a correlation between heavy marijuana use and lower levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine controls reward-motivated behaviors and pleasure centers.

ADHD and the Rock Star Gene

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on April 15, 2016 in The Gift of ADHD
Adam Levine, will.i.am, Justin Timberlake, and Solange Knowles have spoken publicly about their ADHD. Can ADHD be a gift?

Respond as if the Addict is Your Beloved Mother

It is a myth that addicts must find some kind of bottom before they seek treatment. In my experience, an addict’s “bottom” is very often somewhere past dead.

Stopping the False Epidemic of Adult ADHD

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 14, 2016 in Saving Normal
The father of the ADHD diagnosis, Keith Conners, thinks that the adult ADHD epidemic needs to be stopped before it causes even more damage.

Prescription Drugs and Malpractice: A Lethal Combination

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Prescription drug addiction and medical negligence create a “perfect storm” of corruption, misery and death in the U.S.

Documentary Film Tells Story of Race, Drugs and Baseball

Dock Ellis: High-flying baseball icon or survivor of drug dependence?

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

A recent study from Stanford University found that being a smoker has detrimental impacts on new employment opportunities and wage earning.

Tattoos and Sexual Attraction

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 13, 2016 in In Excess
Scientific studies on women’s tattoos tend to show that most people view them negatively. But does that include sexual attraction?

6 Reasons We Keep Playing the Lottery

By Kevin Bennett on April 12, 2016 in Modern Minds
Why do we keep playing when we know we shouldn't? The very long odds of winning the lottery don't seem to keep people from spending money.

How to Maintain Hope for the Addict in Your Life

Addiction treatment works, but you have to do the work of finding the highest quality care you can that appropriately meets the addict’s specific needs.

Is Alcohol or Drug Abuse Taking a Toll on Your Digestion?

Recovery from drugs and alcohol is a difficult process. A healthy diet and attention to gut health can improve mood, response to stress and may reduce risk for relapse.
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Incredible Edibles

Food drugs carry special risks, and marijuana is no exception.

What Parents Need to Know about Underage Drinking

As a parent, your actions have to match your words. It is relatively easy to be a positive role model.

How to Protect Yourself from Fentanyl Overdose

Overdose happens fast and death is irreversible.

What Horses And Genes Are Teaching Us About Addiction

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in Good Thinking
Three genes have been implicated in addiction to marijuana. Here is how horses can help us understand what that means.

Alcoholism and Shame

Throughout my personal and professional experiences working with active and sober alcoholics I have noted a theme: shame.

The Day My Friend Took Adderall Before a Track Meet

During the warm-up I remember making a comment about how he looked locked in and he replied, “thanks, I scored some Adderall for the first time to give me an extra boost too.”

Is Porn Really the Problem?

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on April 07, 2016 in The Third Wave
Does watching porn affect young men's virility?

Vorarephilia and Being Eaten for Sexual Pleasure

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 07, 2016 in In Excess
Vorarephilia is a sexual paraphilia in which people are sexually aroused by the idea of being eaten. But what do we know psychologically about this rare sexual behavior?

Childhood Abuse

Is your dysfunctional childhood ruining your life?

Rosemary O'Connor on Women in Recovery

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on April 05, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Rosemary O'Connor on women in recovery.

Depression and the Power of Influence

The critical distinction between influence and control makes all the difference to positive self esteem.
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Eliminating Functional Hypoglycemia to Stabilize Mood

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on April 04, 2016 in Rhythms of Recovery
Recently, bipolar disease has become the diagnosis du jour, but without eliminating hypoglycemia as a cause of mood cycling, an accurate diagnosis cannot be made.