Essential Reads

How Drug Addiction Impacts Infant Care

Substance abuse short circuits neural connections.

Rumination and Your Health

Rumination is linked to poor physiological reactivity

4 Predictions for the Future of Addiction Treatment

These advancements may be just over the horizon.

Spirituality and Addiction

Is addiction a problem of the spirit?

Recent Posts on Addiction

Does Temperament Predict Addiction?

By A Guest Blogger on November 27, 2012 in Brainstorm
A new animal model of temperament reveals why some brains gravitate towards addiction.

Are You a Brain Porn Addict?

Advances in neuroscience are creating a host of news stories about the role brain's role in behavior. Although many new findings hold promise for greater understanding of the way our minds work, it’s important to put on your critical lenses before applying them to your own life.

Overcoming Shame:The Powerful Benefits of a Little Self-Love

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on November 26, 2012 in Feeling It
Are you highly self-critical? Do you beat yourself up over failures? Do you feel shame or a not good enough? We live in a society that regularly sends us the message to achieve more, work harder, win, be perfect, be the best. Our self-critical and competitive attitude is actually hurting us and new research suggests self-compassion may be a far superior alternative.

Stress: The Killer Disease

Stress Kills. We’ve heard it before. It’s common sense. But how does stress kill? As a physician, I tend to imagine stress leading to high blood pressure and heart attacks and anxiety or depression. But how could stress, alone, do all that? Sure, there are stress hormones that get out of whack, but how does stress kill?

Society's Changing View of Borderline Personality

How does society understand "Borderline"?

Narcotics Anonymous Groups Give Out Opioids

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on November 25, 2012 in Addicted Brains
You probably didn't think it was possible. It's scandalous! Providing opioids for the very people trying so desperately to get off them? But there have to be neurochemicals in the milk of human kindness, or our brains wouldn't get the point of connecting with other people.

How Can We Treat Traumatized Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 25, 2012 in Media Spotlight
A new Canadian Psychology article describes five cognitive-behavioural treatment methods for dealing with children and adolescents who have had traumatic experiences. Treating traumatized children effectively can mean preventing later mental health problems.

The Inspiring but Often Tragic Lives of Celebrities

The death of Robin Williams is one of, unfortunately, many tragic losses of well-known public figures. The well-publicized of the rich and famous are routine fodder for tell-alls in the press. However, many celebrities reveal their mental health struggles to help the not-so-famous of us cope with our own psychological issues. We can all learn from these real stories.

Indulge Mindfully this holiday

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 24, 2012 in Off the Couch
What is it about the holiday season that makes us throw caution to the wind, toss out all of last year’s resolutions, and overdo just about everything? And what can you do to make this year different, but still have fun? 7 tips to make this a happy, almost binge-free holiday!

Pura Vida, or Dura Vida?

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on November 23, 2012 in Pura Vida
Costa Rica: We Make Easy Hard

Bipolar Disorder Debate: Myths of Mental Illness

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on November 22, 2012 in Evil Deeds
Bipolar Disorder is, like most mental disorders, a pathological process occurring over time. In the case of so-called childhood bipolar disorder, depression reaches a tipping point, turning into impulsive aggression. But the problem here lies in how we define bipolar disorder phenomenologically, and how we view it etiologically. Does bipolar disorder really occur in kids?

Are Energy Drinks Safe?

Caffeine can prove a useful drug. It's what you add that may cause real problems.

Almost Addicted

By J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D. on November 21, 2012 in Almost Addicted
Almost addicted to drugs.

Avoiding Family Angst on Thanksgiving

By Caren Osten Gerszberg on November 21, 2012 in Drinking Diaries
This year, my mother is not invited to our Thanksgiving. It's a difficult choice I've made to keep the holiday enjoyable for the rest of the family.

Dr. Mercedes: Auto Mechanic or Personal Physician?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on November 21, 2012 in Digital Pandemic
Are mouse clicks going to replace empathy when we visit our physician? Will computer records replace face-to-face communications is medicine? Let's hope not.

Why the Hostility Toward the 12 Steps?

It’s unfortunate that 12-Step recovery is widely misunderstood and under-researched. Even less fortunate is the fact that these misconceptions drive people away from the process before they can evaluate whether the program might make a difference in their recovery from addiction.

7 Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 20, 2012 in Compassion Matters
As parents in today's culture, we find ourselves encouraged to center our daily lives on our kids. Yet as we focus our attention on carpools, homework and play dates, we run the risk of becoming dangerously distracted from what's most important: how our children feel.

On Losing a Friend (Who Happened to Be Trans)

By Alice Dreger Ph.D. on November 20, 2012 in Fetishes I Don't Get
Today, November 20, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Here I remember my good friend Kiira Triea.

Size Does Matter

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on November 19, 2012 in Food Junkie
The debate wages on regarding whether banning sugar-sweetened beverages is really going to help combat the obesity epidemic. If we put aside for a minute the other issues that have arisen out of this debate and focus exclusively on the core of the issue, the size of the beverages, science has shown pretty clearly one thing: the bigger the beverage, the more you will drink.

Harness Your Imagination to Break Bad Habits

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on November 19, 2012 in Science and Sensibility
By tapping into a myth for positive change, you may guide yourself toward what you desire that is within your power to attain.

Cigarette Smoking Is Caused By A Delusion, Redux

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on November 18, 2012 in Happiness in this World
Mr. Rodriguez had been a pack-a-day smoker for the past 20 years, something he'd only begrudgingly confessed in response to a standard inquiry I make of all my first time patients. He didn't see it as a problem himself. Or at least he hadn't mentioned it when I'd asked him at the beginning of the visit why he'd come to see me.

Being Present

By Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. on November 18, 2012 in Emotional Sobriety
There is often so much clutter standing in the way of the present moment. Although the clutter is in fact happening in the present, and could be defined as “present,” in a spiritual context—the present actually resides underneath the clutter. It’s likened to the clear water that exists beneath the thin layer of scum on the surface of the pond.

Good Mothers Don't Drink

By Kristian Marlow on November 18, 2012 in The Superhuman Mind
Many pregnant mothers believe there's no harm in enjoying the occasional glass of wine. But a recent study shows as little as one drink can adversely affect a fetus.

Think Differently to Break Bad Habits

The problem with changing bad habits for most people is that they rely too much on motivation and will power when they should be focusing more on prevention and social engineering strategies.

Stop Bad Habits by Breaking from Your Inner Critic

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 14, 2012 in Compassion Matters
As the holiday season and new year approaches, it is invaluable to take the time to look at why we are so self-deprecating and what we can do to rid ourselves of our distorted self-perceptions. By doing so, we give ourselves the opportunity to achieve our goals.

What Makes Conflict? How Are Conflicts Resolved?

Conflicts create bad feelings like irritation, frustration, anger, anxiety and depression. Left to fester, the situation about which people are in conflict are likely to create worse feelings over time. Learn the 3-step pathway from conflict to resolution and your life will feel far easier, happier and more peaceful.

Healing the Cycles that Tear Couples Apart

Many couples get trapped in negative cycles of blame, criticism, distance, or control. Learn about how we get into these traps, why they are problematic, and how to untangle yourself and begin to heal your relationship.

Marijuana Legalization in Colorado and Washington

Alcohol prohibition came to an end as a result of the Great Depression, and it is now beginning to look as if marijuana prohibition will come to an end as a result of the Great Recession. The parallels are striking, and they offer suggestions for the way forward.

Stigmatized to Stop Drinking...Again

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on November 13, 2012 in All About Addiction
Psychologists are supposed to help others who are stigmatized feel better about themselves and function more effectively. Oddly, they might be doing a pretty bad job when it comes to their own ranks, especially when there have been past indiscretions.

Why Petraeus is Not a Sex Addict

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 13, 2012 in Women Who Stray
We can understand why the four-star general made bad decisions about sex without calling it an addiction.