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Cerebellum Stimulation Influences Frontal Cortex Functioning

Stimulating the cerebellum normalizes frontal cortex activity in lab rats with abnormal dopamine processing, a new study reports. These findings could have many human applications.

Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control.

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.
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Is Your Relationship Toxic?

You may not realize your relationship is harming you or be able to leave. Find out the symptoms, whether there's hope for change, and steps you can put into action.

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The Commencement Speech I Wish I Could Give

By Caroline Adams Miller on June 01, 2010 in Creating Your Best Life
For the last several years, I’ve written my thoughts about what I would say if I were asked to give a commencement speech, but until that invitation, here are some of the most important things I’ve learned in life and in my work with men and women around the world on how to create their own best lives.

"Corporate Humanity" is an Oxymoron

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on June 01, 2010 in Sex at Dawn
I almost wish BP's oil would inundate the entire east coast of the United States, paying special attention to Miami's white beaches, Washington's Chesapeake Bay, and New York Harbor.
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Why People Cheat

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 31, 2010 in Women Who Stray
Here's what we know about people who cheat when they know the risks and consequences associated with their behavior.

The Difference Between Depression & Losing Your Mojo

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on May 31, 2010 in Owning Pink
Mental illness is simply not logical, so trying to apply reason makes no sense.

Masturbators for Whom Jesus is Coming?

By Lynn Phillips on May 28, 2010 in Dream On
For Evangelical Christian women who were victims of child abuse as were several of the Kansas pornography addicts the New York Times covered, maybe being redeemed by a savior works better as an antidote to compulsive masturbation than "secular sexual theory".

The World's Most Popular Drug

By Anneli Rufus on May 27, 2010 in Stuck
 A study released in the UK last month found that caffeine improves concentration and reduces workplace mistakes among workers. But should it be officially declared an addictive substance? 

Anxiety and Depression--First Cousins, At Least (Part 5 of 5)

 Treatment Considerations for Patients with both Anxiety and DepressionAlthough cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven effective for both anxiety and depression, when individuals present with particularly high levels of both disorders, treating them with psychiatric medication as well as therapy frequently leads to the most favorable result. . . .

Energy Drinks and "Terrorism" - Running Amok in a Truck

Did energy drinks, sleep loss and a Punjabi truck driver cause a terrorist incident in Wisconsin?

Don’t Worry Be Happy

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on May 24, 2010 in Look At It This Way

2nd Secret to Raising Healthy Sons..Boys Should be Boys!

By Meg Meeker M.D. on May 24, 2010 in Family Matters
Boys need strong relationships with their parents!

Social Media Addiction: Engage Brain Before Believing

When you see the headlines about social media addiction, take a deep breath. Exhale. I know this sounds radical, but don’t go by the news articles. You may be reading good copy, not good reporting.  Find the study and see for yourself.

Life in the Recovery Room-Its the Weekend-Do Not Isolate!

By James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW on May 21, 2010 in Life in the Recovery Room
Isolation is a "cancer" for the recovering person's soul.

Collaboration in Treating the Individual with Addiction, Psychiatric Illness or Both

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on May 18, 2010 in
Addiction is so different then other diseases because of its unique bio-psycho-social nature, which touches everyone on so many levels. Every individual has felt the impact in some way by this illness - an illness that costs society so much and therefore by definition it must involve every aspect of society if it is to be effectively dealt with.

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 10)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on May 17, 2010 in Over-Simulated
Three years after the therapy ends, Paul contacts his therapist a final time. But for what reason?

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 9)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on May 14, 2010 in Over-Simulated
 Paul faces a life-defining choice and the challenge of making that choice an authentic, genuine one.  

Coffee as an Antidepressant: Its Pros and Cons

In America, we consume over 400 million cups of coffee every day. Ever wonder why so many of us make such a lustful beeline for our caffeine? Yes, there are documented benefits to coffee but are you also using it to self-medicate depression?  Learn the risks and signs of the cons to coffee.

The Calm, Abiding Center: Deflecting Everyday Conflict and Chaos

By Michael J Formica MS, MA, EdM on May 14, 2010 in Enlightened Living
When you ask my friend Dan what he does, he won't tell you he's Navy, or a Senior Chief, or a Seabee or Special Forces. He'll say, "My job is to keep my sh*t together in the middle of a sh*t storm so my crew can do their job". What Dan is talking about -- in his typically unselfconscious and self-effacing way -- is the notion of the calm, abiding center; that place of psychological and spiritual balance that it is so necessary and healthful for us to cultivate and maintain in the face of everyday, post-modern stress, as well as larger personal challenges. 

How it doesn't work: The dogma of the 12 steps

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on May 11, 2010 in All About Addiction
Imagine a doctor blaming a patient for an ineffective treatment? You may have just imagined the world of the hardcore 12-steppers. If we're going to make people better, it's time to take the dogma out of treatment.

From Being Ashamed to Being Empowered

By Paul Dobransky M.D. on May 10, 2010 in The Urban Scientist
Have you ever felt judged, shamed, gossiped about, but confused in how to see what's true, false, or what to do next? If you ever felt more than criticized - instead more like wounded to the bone - this is how to deal with it.

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 8)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on May 09, 2010 in Over-Simulated
The story of Paul and his girls begins to end with a struggle in therapy, a war actually, in which Paul discovers life and the pleasures of living, all while challenging his therapist's empathy and openness.  

Make Love Not Texts

By Sascha Rothchild on May 07, 2010 in I'm No Expert, But...
Texting while driving seemed like the height of bad judgment until now. A recent study about social media addiction revealed that one in ten people under the age of 25 think it's OK to interrupt sex with a text. OMG that's 10 percent! The days of sneaking into the bathroom after a hot date to call your best friend and give her the scoop are long over. As are the days of not talking on the phone during family dinners, pretending to pay attention in class, and enjoying a movie without seeing the glaring lights of vibrating cell phones. Now apparently it's totally acceptable to literally text while in the middle of coitus.

What Is Polyamory Really All About?

By Deborah Anapol Ph.D. on May 07, 2010 in Love Without Limits
 The question is no so much whether to love more than one, but whether to have multiple partners sequentially or at the same time.

Feelings. Why Do They Get a Bad Rap?

By Steve Sisgold on May 06, 2010 in Life in a Body
Former Miss USA Tara Conner was on Oprah recently to talk about her struggle with drug addiction.The most prominent theme was about how feelings can be overwhelming and lead to addiction as a way to numb out and not feel uncomfortable emotions...."Heaven forbid we feel" was mentioned twice.Tara turned to drinking, drugs and cutting herself at age 14, as a way to cope from her parents' divorce and granddad's death.She explained how the pressure and anxiety from these events were too much for her to cope with. 

Young People, Iraq, Afghanistan, PTSD and Alcohol and Drug Abuse

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on May 03, 2010 in
Programs must be established with experts from every field to deal with the bio-psycho-social nature of the co-occurring disorder of PTSD and chemical addiction. We must have professionals from both the mental health and addiction camps and when necessary the medical camp (e.g., neurologists, surgeons, etc.) come together as a unified force to treat our young returning veterans and see to it that they receive the finest treatment available. 

Talking to NIDA about addiction research- Nicotine, cocaine, treatment matching and more

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on May 02, 2010 in All About Addiction
Nicotine and cocaine vaccines, changes in how we define addiction, and using technology to help people find the best treatment. It's all in a single call with NIDA's Dr. Nora Volkow and you get to listen in!