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Men's Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Talking About Men
Numerous researchers state that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. Is this the case? What are the issues and what are the solutions to improve men's mental health?

Can Craving for Cocaine Be Blocked in Addicted Individuals?

Ketamine may significantly diminish craving for cocaine in addicted individuals.
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Three Reasons Why Good Sleep Is Crucial for Mental Health

By Richard Taite on January 27, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
Many of the most common sleep aids have some risk for abuse or physical dependency.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Holds Promise for Treating Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on January 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Vagus nerve stimulation can reduce cravings and may offer a radical new way to break the cycle of addictive behaviors, according to early findings from a preclinical study.

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Are Olympians Addicted to Exercise, Work or Neither?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in In Excess
Olympic athletes are dedicated to their profession and spend hours every day training and exercising. But are Olympic athletes addicted to exercise, their work, or neither?

ADHD and Michael Phelps: Medication Is Not a Crutch

Not taking stimulant medication for your diagnosed ADHD? You still have ADHD.
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Texas Just Made Naloxone Available Over the Counter

If you don’t live in the Lone Star state, you may have missed some big news about opioid overdose prevention happening now.

How Medication Can Help Prevent Opioid Relapse

One lapse can be deadly when trying to overcome an addiction to drugs like heroin or prescription painkillers, but medication-assisted treatment can help counter that risk.
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3 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Rut

By Richard Taite on August 12, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
It’s easy to wake up one day to find yourself in a rut, when your life’s momentum has stalled and you’re not sure what will come next.

The Psychological Roots of Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go scratches some basic psychological itches

Consequences of Compulsive Sexual Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Individuals with CSB (compulsive sexual behavior) may face a variety of medical complications, including unwanted pregnancies; sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS

No Shame: Why Michael Phelps Deserved to Carry the U.S. Flag

By Jason Powers M.D. on August 10, 2016 in Beyond Abstinence
Two years ago, the most decorated Olympian of all time was so mired in depression that he thought about killing himself. His comeback on dry land inspires me the most.

The Truman Show Delusion

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in In Excess
Watching reality television shows do not cause psychotic or delusional episodes. However, those with underlying illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia) may develop a Truman Show Delusion.

Most Problem Drinkers Learn to Change Their Drinking

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in All About Addiction
You've heard it before: "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." The idea that "addiction" is an inescapable condition is pervasive and wrong. And there's data proving it.
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How to Prevent Cravings?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key lesson of behavioral economics is the power of the context that shapes behavior and overrides individuals’ intentions.

Diagnosing Compulsive Sexual Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 08, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Is compulsive sexual behavior a new disorder?

Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 07, 2016 in Saving Normal
Drug company marketing muscle can turn useless meds into financial blockbusters.

Pokemon, No? Putting Down Our Phones to Meet the Real World

Technology is a powerful tool for communication, and yet the way we are using it is making it into a powerful impediment to our sense of awareness.
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Four Reasons to Be Wary of Supplements

Supplements can be beneficial if they are quality products that are prescribed by those who are trained in their proper use.
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Four Things You Should Know About Adolescent Anxiety

By Richard Taite on August 05, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Recognizing a mental health condition in your child can trigger your own worst fears, making you wonder if the condition is somehow your fault.
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Why "Eroticized Rage" Is a Nonsense Concept

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Standard Deviations
'Eroticized rage' is a popular concept in sex addiction circles, but it is merely biased sex-negative moralism disguised as psychoanalytic jargon.

Depression and Drugs in Paradise: A Famous Island Suffers

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on August 03, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
When people think of Martha's Vineyard, they may think of celebrities and presidents who vacation there. The reality: the island suffers from a heroin problem, among others.

Addicted to Gossip?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in In Excess
It's often said that everyone loves to gossip. But are there people who gossip a bit to much? Are there individuals that are actually addicted gossip?
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The Four Evolutionary Roots of Pokémon Go

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Statistical Life
Pokémon Go is a craze, but crazes often have reasons that make them so crazy. In the case of Pokemon Go, these reasons are millions of years old.

Outpatient Detox Model Gaining Popularity in Treatment

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 01, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Why ambulatory (outpatient) detox is more effective when treating substance abuse.

Depression and Friendship

Depression can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, including their friendships.

Psychology, Learning, and the Serenity Prayer

Tolerate failure in order to succeed.This is true if you golf or play a sport, write, or pretty much do anything that requires learning and mastery. The Serenity Prayer says it all

You Know That The Behavior Is Harmful. Why Can't You Stop?

You’ve promised yourself that you will NOT (pick one: have that drink, binge on that food, take those pills, engage in self-harm, place that bet, etcetera). Then you get home.

Three Ways Stimulants Negatively Change Your Life

There are so many more than just these reasons to avoid abuse of stimulants.

Four Ways to Help Your Kids Avoid Depression and Addiction

Intentionally building your relationship with your child to include trust, open lines of communication and mutual support is one of the best ways you can encourage your child.

Setting Boundaries for Loved Ones

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in A Family Affair
Setting and sticking to boundaries is easier said than done.

Substance Abuse Counseling and an Arm Implant: A Good Match?

Is an arm implant for substance abuse really a good shot in the arm for substance abuse counseling? What counselors should know.

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 9: Addictions and Compulsions

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Happiness on Purpose
In this second installment of Ridding Addictions and Compulsions, learn the powerful three strategies to getting started getting stopped. They can put you on the road to recovery.

How Common Are Sex-Related Injuries?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Women Who Stray
People often report sex-related injuries, from masturbation or vigorous passion. How common are these experiences, and are they evidence of people being "out of control"?