Essential Reads

A Startling Update on Addiction

New research suggests it's not about the pleasure, it's about the craving.

Is Fitspiration Bad For You?

The psychological impact of viewing thin and muscular ideals

Self-Deception Has Many Faces

Self-deception involves incongruity between beliefs, actions, and the world

The Mindful Geek

A Radically New Way to Quit Smoking

Recent Posts on Addiction

Angry Boys: Sometimes, Mom Is Not Enough

Young men can be quite narcissistic. They don't like being told what to do, and if insulted or shamed, some will rage. Whether a family is intact or not, a boy's father can play a unique role in dealing with male rage. Here are some tips on raising a great son.

Does Watching TV Give You Cancer? Of Course Not

News reports claiming that TV-addicted kids risk getting cancer confirm that the scaremongers mean business in 2013. It’s time to fight back.

We Are No-thing

Crisis often mobilizes us to experience the transitory nature of life and our no-thing-ness. Acknowledging that we are no-thing goes against the cultural paradigm that all we are is some-thing. One must come from the space of one’s no-thing in order to be authentically some-thing.

How Technology is Like Bug Sex

By Nir Eyal on January 11, 2013 in Automatic You
People flocking to technology like crazed animals and insects seems crazy to some, but all to real for many. Are we addicted to our devices?

The Below-the-Radar Addict

Similar to the high-functioning addict, the below-the-radar addict has a problem that’s often overlooked by their friends, family and coworkers, but is a serious problem nonetheless. This is the person who jumps from compulsion to compulsion, getting one mildly under control only to act out in another way.

The Unintended Consequences of Technology

By Tim Elmore on January 11, 2013 in Artificial Maturity
As smartphones, tablets, social media and other digital strategies reshape the way we educate our students and do our jobs, scientists and psychologists are beginning to question what our dependence on technology is doing to our minds.

Light Therapy on the Wild Side

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on January 11, 2013 in Chronotherapy
In the quest for novelty and consumer interest, some companies have turned away from bright white light boxes (the clinically-tested standard). Ill-advised variations include miniaturization and head or eyeglass mounts. Green and blue have been substituted for white on the doubtful supposition that the antidepressant effect would be enhanced.

Body or Soul, Shot or Hug

By Vance Z. Johnson M.D. on January 10, 2013 in What Hurts?
At the edge between living and dying get a hug.

Is Internet Addiction Disorder a Valid Idea? Part 1

In my work with children and adolescents, I have seen a growing number of kids drifting into excessive absorption in the Internet. Though this behavior is not usually the primary reason for their first coming to see me, it soon surfaces as a nettling and contentious one.

Therapy as a Cultural Cop Out

By Stanton Peele on January 10, 2013 in Addiction in Society
Our cultural confidence that we can handle depression and other mental illness is misplaced. It is a cultural meme put in place to reassure us while we proceed with business as usual.

The Trick to Jumpstarting Your Failed New Year's Resolutions

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on January 09, 2013 in PreFrontal Nudity
You’re going to fail at your New Year's Resolution because your brain is designed for you to fail. It sucks, but that’s the way it is. But if you understand the trick to re-training your brain then you might just have a chance.

Addictive Families Part 2

It is about this time, when a young person reaches the mid-twenties that the effects of growing up in an addictive home become apparent. These now adult children begin to experience a sense of loneliness, that doesn’t make sense to them. They become aware of feelings, that separate them from others and often may find themselves depressed.

OCD and Video Games

By Fletcher Wortmann on January 09, 2013 in Triggered
Video games can both offer relief from and aggravate Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Every Day Trauma: 8 Ways to Feel Better

Feeling stressed today? What to be happier? Micro Traumas happen all the time and here are eight ways to feel better.

Addictive Families

a young boy who is learning how not to openly talk about what is happening in his life that is so painful, how to shut down his feelings and how not to trust others

You Snooze, You Lose

Are you having a secret relationship with your snooze button? How many times did you hit the snooze button this morning? Now, be brutally honest, do you strategically set your alarm clock so you know that you’ll get to indulge by hitting the snooze button over and over again?

Lifestyle in a Can

Energy drinks bring hope and hype. They may not bring health.

Opiate Medications: Pain Management Versus Addiction

Although powerful medications such as opiates are often necessary to treat acute and chronic pain, opiates are highly addictive. Physicians may be inadvertently contributing to the increasing problem of opiate addiction through efforts to keep their patients pain free. What can be done about this?

Marijuana is All Natural, so What’s the Problem?

Marijuana might be natural and even legal in many places, but those facts do not mean that it is safe or harmless. It can cause depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals who use it.

Painkillers for Childbirth? The Few Pros and Many Cons

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Begging for an epidural, no Gleek will soon forget Quinn yelling, “You suck! You suck! You suck!” at Puck for the duration of her labor. But are epidurals a good idea?

The 2012 Best & Worst Sex List

2012 was a memorable year for sexual health in politics, human rights, health, media, technology, and sex scandals! Join Center for Health Sex with Founding Director Alexandra Katehakis as we rate and review the 10 best and 10 worst news stories of human sexuality around the world.

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 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.