Essential Reads

De-crazifying Crypto, Part III: Enjoy the Wild Ride!

By Moses Ma on January 19, 2018 in The Tao of Innovation
Here's some perspective on the wild ride that cryptocurrency is taking us on... and the psychology that is driving it.

6 At-Home Options When Your Drinking Is Becoming Too Much

Low-level intervention is a useful starting point for people who drink too much.

What Exactly Is Mindfulness? It’s NOT What You Think.

Mindfulness is so much more than meditation. The real meditation is your life.

Porn "Addiction" in the Mainstream Media

The mainstream media presents pornography addiction as a legitimate disorder when in fact this is far from certain. In addition it offers questionable advice and suggestions.

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"It Gets Better" But For Some Youth Not Soon Enough

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on May 24, 2011 in Therapy Matters
There has been growing media attention devoted to the recent wave of suicides among LGBT youth. It's about time. But it's going to take more than media campaigns to stop the epidemic.

The Three Things Famous People Most Often Lie About

Lance Armstrong's teammate has revealed that Armstrong was a dedicated user of performance-enhancing drugs, prompting Armstrong to instantly tweet a non-denial denial. Thus, drugs like steroids and growth hormones join illicit substances like -- you name them -- and non-marital sex as the top three things famous people lie about.

Motivating Someone to Stop Substance Abuse

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on May 23, 2011 in
Since May is Mental Health Month, I thought I would utilize Sigmund Freud to discuss substance abuse. Freud certainly is a name that looms large in the fields of psychology and psychiatry

When Experts Who Want To Be Rich and Famous Stray

A brief review of my and Dr. Goulston’s posts reveals some interesting similarities. But my real and overriding concern lies in portions of Dr. Goulston’s article that are unquestionably his own authorship: creating an imaginary “secondary Asperger’s syndrome” and promoting it to the public as if it really exists.

Why Rich and Famous Men Stray

Could it be about being hooked on adrenaline, feeling entitled to the adoration and admiration of the masses, feeling unduly carped/nagged/criticized at home and then being seduced by power into developing secondary Asperger’s Syndrome?

Here we go again! Rapist or poor, misunderstood sex addict?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 17, 2011 in Women Who Stray
Yet another famous man is in trouble for his sexual behaviors. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French politician and head of the International Monetary Fund, is under arrest, sitting on Riker's Island, alleged to have raped a female maid at his high-priced hotel. And in less than twenty-four hours, this man has now been misdiagnosed as a sex addict.

The Amazing Power of "Tech Breaks"

You see it in restaurants, classrooms, the dinner table, and the workplace. After about 15 minutes of concentration people have an urge to check in with their social world, most often through texting, Twitter, & Facebook. I have been advocating tech breaks to allow people a short time to clear their brain and get back to work.

The Real Spirit of Anger

Most likely you have already been angry today. Did you use the Spirit of anger?

Mental Health (Awareness) Month Resources

Here are a bunch of resources for Mental Health (Awareness) Month - all in one place! Aren't you lucky! :)

Tiger Woods , Sex Addiction, and the Fall From Grace

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on May 12, 2011 in Relationship Boot Camp
Is Tiger Woods an American tragedy or just an elite athlete with bad luck?

Is Gambling Addictive? What do addicted gamblers look like?

The American Psychiatric Association is set to recognize pathological gambling as the first non-drug addiction. Yet, in doing so, DSM-5's authors must mythologize gambling addiction to match conventional fantasies about drug addiction, which is far more contingent on setting and that addicts are able periodically to moderate than people imagine.

Why Teens, Parents, and Alcohol Don't Mix

By Elizabeth Donovan M.A. on May 10, 2011 in Youth and Tell
Food Porn Addiction: Diagnosis and Warning Signs

Food Porn Addiction: Diagnosis and Warning Signs

I have a psychological problem, and even my wife couldn’t see it, because she suffers the same disorder – a compulsion to read not only about cooking, but even about cooks, and to spend good money on books filled with erotic pictures of naked fruits and vegetables. Spot the warning signs....

Panic-Induced Foolishness

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Incompetence

The Crazy Button

By Lynn Phillips on May 04, 2011 in Dream On
Actor and rock star Meat Loaf could feel his meltdown coming. "My switch is this close. It's going to get ugly if I get angry," Meat Loaf promised team mate Mark McGrath. I say "promised" rather than "warned," because I recognized the signs...

On the "Honor" of Being Selected One of the Most Influential Addiction Experts in America

The Fix -- a new on-line 12-step journal -- selects me as one of the most influential people in the addiction field in America, then disparages me, my ideas and my work. I'm okay about it -- and try to educate the author on the nature of addiction science.

The Whole of Life

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on May 04, 2011 in
The saying, "recovery for life," is fascinating for yet another reason - it indicates that an individual should be interested in staying sober for the entirety of their life, but it also indicates that you must have recovery in order to have life.

Mindfulness for Moms: The Basics

By Cassandra Vieten Ph.D. on May 02, 2011 in Consciousness Matters

WTH? Change is possible?

By Jen Kim on May 02, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
How do you get over your addiction to unavailable men? First step: Want to get over it.

The Dance of Attunement

By Ira J. Chasnoff M.D. on April 30, 2011 in Aristotle's Child

The Growing Problem of Prescription Drug Abuse

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on April 29, 2011 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain
Prescription drug abuse is the "fastest growing" form of drug abuse in the United States, particularly among teens. You can do your part by participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day tomorrow, April 30th, and safely disposing of unused prescription medications.

Rethinking Recovery

By Carrie Arnold on April 27, 2011 in Body of Evidence
If weight isn't the sole arbiter of the seriousness of an eating disorder, then it can't also be the benchmark of recovery. Weight restoration (if necessary) and normalization of eating habits are just the first step in eating disorder recovery. Only with nutritional rehabilitation can you begin to address other psychological issues like anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Blowing Smoke: Dopey Diagnoses

By Jory Goodman M.D. on April 27, 2011 in Attention, Please

Children Who are Cruel to Animals: When to Worry

Animal cruelty in children is one of the best predictors of later violence and criminality. However, most young children do mean things to an animal at some point. So how do you know if it's a red flag or a normal part of development?

Can you understand, tolerate, and overcome your social anxiety

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Relationship Boot Camp
It's little wonder so many more people are becoming socially anxious. There has been a proliferation of cell phone, computer based chat rooms, texting, twitter, internet dating services and facebook. Isn't it common for many to start relationships today that aren't even face-to-face?

Failure Can Become Freedom

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on April 25, 2011 in The Gift of ADHD
Five tips for overcoming impulsiveness.

Zero Tolerance for Underage Alcohol and Drug Experimentation

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on April 25, 2011 in
What is normal adolescent "experimentation" with drugs and alcohol versus a process that is unhealthy, addictive, and not normal? My answer is simple: If someone uses illicit drugs it is not healthy.