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Breakup: How to Tell If You Suffer from Complicated Grief

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

Recent Posts on Addiction

Addiction Is Not a Crime But Can Lead to Them

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on January 03, 2013 in Manage Your Stress
The real stolen jewels from addiction are the people we love.

A Sober Assessment of High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses

By David J. Skorton M.D. on January 03, 2013 in The Big Picture
The number of students who engage in high-risk drinking on U.S. campuses easily exceeds the population of New York City.

Culture Provides Context, Not Cause

Culture provides the context for eating disorders to develop. Internal forces become externalized on to the body and idealized images regarding beauty and worth. What gets churned up in our life needs to find expression; eating disorders provide a way out of sorts.

The Making and the Breaking of the Serial Killer

By Jack Pemment MA, MS on January 02, 2013 in Blame the Amygdala
What kinds of factors make and break the serial killer? A look at Conduct Disorder, addiction, and the frontal lobes of psychopaths could hold some answers.

Shame: The Master Emotion

Shame cripples our change efforts and infects our most fundamental perceptions of ourselves and others. Find out how.

Leaving the Kingdom of Sweets

As we leave the holidays behind, most of us also exit the Kingdom of Sweets....here are three pathways for cutting sugar successfully in the New Year.

Is the Internet a Drug or Just an Attractive Nuisance?

Whether or not people are “addicted” and whether or not what they do is harmful, many people find themselves spending increasing amounts of time online, often at the expense of other activities, like getting things done at work. Businesses need to find ways to reduce productivity loss without facing a backlash from employees.

Sleeping With Your Phone

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on January 02, 2013 in Am I Right?
Being part of the world shouldn't be a persistent burden but rather a source of power. The lure of the Internet, immediate and constant contact with others can be more than a distraction; it can be an addiction.

Would Gandhi Use Social Media?

By Nipun Mehta on January 02, 2013 in Pay It Forward
If Gandhi were alive today, would he use social media? He was never anti-technology, or even anti-changing with the times. Quite the opposite. If Internet technologies were around, he would certainly have embraced them mindfully to do three fundamental things any social-change hero succeeds in doing -- raising awareness, creating impact, and transforming the heart.

Imagining Yourself Into the Mind of the Sandy Hook Shooter

By Carrie Barron M.D. on January 01, 2013 in The Creativity Cure
What kind of person massacres? Trying to outline the mental states, triggers and motivations of shooters might help us prevent another Sandy Hook. It is not just about the guns, but the mind of someone that chooses to pick up a weapon to slaughter people.

The Consequences of Our Games

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on January 01, 2013 in The Five Percent
The gamification of America and Americans has perverse consequences for our lives. It effects our cognition, relationships, parenting, work and the institutions that surround us. This essay breaks it down and offers an antidote.

A Sure Fire Holiday Recovery RX

By Wendy Suzuki Ph.D. on January 01, 2013 in Brain Awakenings
Got holiday stress? Read this.

The Dark Knight Rises: What Motivates Bane?

What motivates Bane, the featured villain in the 2012 blockbuster motion picture "The Dark Knight Rises"? Why does he become the man who breaks the bat? Whereas Need for Achievement and subsidiary Need for Power drive the comic book version of Bane, Need for Affiliation motivates movie Bane. The motion picture version of this psychopathic character does it all for love.

The Six-Source Solution to Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution

By Joseph Grenny on December 31, 2012 in Crucial Conversations
When we fail to meet New Year’s resolutions, we assume it’s because we’re weak willed. However, willpower combined with silver-bullet solutions is insufficient to create lasting change. Our research identifies six sources of influence that shape behavior. Those who recruit all of these sources to support new habits are 10 times more successful in reaching their goals.

Is Food Addiction Real or Bogus?

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on December 30, 2012 in Food Junkie
Author, speaker and sustainable living expert Michael Prager guest blogs about his experience trying to get help with his obesity, discovering his addiction to food through treatment, and how it changed his life.

13 Tips to Make This a Year to Fondly Remember

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on December 30, 2012 in Science and Sensibility
There is no greater time waster than procrastination. There is no better way to achieve your heart's desires than to get over this hurdle. But how?

Why Beer Goggles Work

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 28, 2012 in Head Games
Beer goggles have been described as both a friend and a foe. Now a study helps explain why drinking alcohol can make the people around you look more attractive.

Are Alcohol and Guns Equally Bad?

By Stanton Peele on December 27, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Would society be equally justified, and benefit equally, from banning alcohol and guns?

15 New Year's Resolutions for Millennials

By Peg Streep on December 26, 2012 in Tech Support
A few light-hearted (but nonetheless true) suggestions to make the Millennial road a little less bumpy in 2013...

Psychiatric Illness is Only One Reason for Violence

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 24, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
Much has changed since Charles Whitman murdered innocent people at the University of Texas in 1966. We now have Newtown. It's different. What exactly has changed?

The Top Psychoactive Drug Story of 2012: Bath Salts

By David DiSalvo on December 23, 2012 in Neuronarrative
Bath Salts stole headlines for several weeks in 2012, so in this (perhaps the last article on the topic of year?), let's get right to the point about exactly why these drugs are dangerous.

9 Quotes About Seeking -- and Finding -- Safety

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on December 22, 2012 in Off the Couch
How do we find safety in an unsafe world? These quotes have helped others. Hopefully they'll help you, too.

There Are No Clear Warning Signs

By Kristian Marlow on December 21, 2012 in The Superhuman Mind
It's a lot harder to profile a teen shooter than you think. So hard, in fact, it has yet to be done.

Sex Addiction Beyond the DSM-V

The decision to exclude Hypersexual Disorder in the DSM-V presents diagnostic challenges for therapists who treat sex-addicted clients and their families.

Adam Lanza and All of Us

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on December 21, 2012 in Acquired Spontaneity
I can only hope that enough of us learn to identify the true causes of such horror as the Newtown massacre, and come together to create a truly nonviolent culture in which pain is met with love every step of the way.

How to Prevent Future Newtowns

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 21, 2012 in Just Listen
Follow through means never — or at least less frequently —having to say “we’re sorry” – Pete Linnett We may never know what exactly caused or triggered Adam Lanza to shoot his mother, 26 other human beings and then himself. However one thing seems certain to have contributed to it.

The IACC weighs in on Autism and Violence

By John Elder Robison on December 21, 2012 in My Life With Asperger's
My earlier post on autism and mass murder generated a lot of discussion. This statement from the IACC offers some references for those who want to know more.

Hanging Up on Cell Phone Addiction

By Jeremy Spiegel M.D. on December 21, 2012 in Mind Tapas
Do you spend the lion's share of your quality time with a small, rectangular electronic device?

Was Adam Lanza an Undiagnosed Schizophrenic?

By Jamie Turndorf Ph.D. on December 20, 2012 in We Can Work It Out
Many psychiatrists are unaware of research linking autism and schizophrenia. Current diagnostic hierarchy treats these two conditions as distinct, and the majority of professionals are unaware they can co-exist. Since schizophrenia can be linked to violent behavior, mental health professionals need to be informed. Early detection is vital to averting a similar tragedy.

ADHD and Women: A Vastly Under-Recognized Condition

By Tim Bilkey M.D. on December 20, 2012 in Fast Minds
On her Brownie overnight camping trip, instead of a teddy bear, she brought a six-pack and a flare gun. Zoe was a very busy little girl.