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Here’s How Marijuana Use Is Changing

By Richard Taite on August 26, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
It’s not hard to see how some parts of American culture are light years ahead of where they were just a few decades ago.

Screenagers and Technology Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in In Excess
There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

Video Games Stronger Than Morphine: U.S. Military

The Military has discovered that playing video games can be more effective than morphine in treating combat burn veterans—but what is this digital morphine doing to kids' brains?
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Here’s How Creative Arts Can Diminish Stress

While there’s no way for you to avoid stress entirely, you can use it to your advantage and harness its energy to create meaningful artistic expressions.

More Posts on Addiction

Social Drinkers, Problem Drinkers and Alcoholics

When the term "high-functioning alcoholic" is mentioned, various types of drinkers often begin to question their own drinking and worry if they fall into this category. Part of this confusion is that many individuals are unclear about the differences in characteristics of social drinkers, problem drinkers and alcoholics.

What is dopamine?

By Phil Newton on April 26, 2009 in From Mouse to Man

The Life-and-Death Struggle over the Meaning of Addiction: Do God and Nature Back DSM-V?

By Stanton Peele on April 25, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Why are they fighting over addiction in the American psychiatric bilble, DSM-V - wasn't it defined in those tablets God gave Moses?

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste (Part III)

By April Lane Benson Ph.D. on April 22, 2009 in To Buy or Not To Buy

Everyone Is An Individual

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on April 22, 2009 in

Dangerous Genius: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 16, 2009 in Evil Deeds
In his second trial, sixty-eight -year-old legendary rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted  of murdering actress Lana Clarkson. Touted as a creative genius in his heyday, Spector's notorious inner demons gradually got the better of him. Creativity and evil live in close quarters in artists like Spector.  

My Work as a Psychologist in Prison

By Marisa Mauro Psy.D. on April 16, 2009 in Take All Prisoners
My daily routine involves completing rounds, seeing each of these patients and determining whether or not their level of care should be stepped down or if they should be discharged and returned to the hands of custody officers. In conjunction with my team, I also determine whether or not the condition is severe or chronic enough to warrant a referral to the Department of Mental Health.

Assessing your drinking habits online

According to the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, only 25% of alcoholics ever receive treatment. High-functioning alcoholics (HFAs) and potential HFAs are the type of drinkers that need to take alcohol screening tests but are not always the ones that do.

Spitzer gets Franked

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on April 07, 2009 in Sex at Dawn
In a recent piece at The Daily Beast, psychiatrist Justin Frank spins an interesting yarn about how former New York governor Eliot Spitzer (Client #9) is more attuned to financial crimes because he's got a thing for hookers.It's worth a read if you're interested in seeing just how full of crap a psychiatrist can get.

Anger Disorder: What It Is and What We Can Do About It

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 03, 2009 in Evil Deeds
In my PT blog (Evil Deeds) I have been posting numerous examples of murderously violent behavior perpetrated by pathologically angry individuals, usually men, including the Columbine High School shootings, Virginia Tech, as well as some more recent savage massacres in Los Angeles, Germany, Florida and Alabama to mention but a few. Last week, in North Carolina, Robert Stewart opened fire at a nursing home, killing seven very elderly residents and a nurse. Police speculated that the forty-five-year-old Stewart, who did not commit suicide and is currently in custody, targeted the facility because his estranged wife once worked there. And just today, a forty-two-year-old gunman with a high-powered rifle killed thirteen victims, critically wounded four, and took at least forty-one people hostage in Binghamton, New York before finally shooting himself. Curiously, despite the clearly raging epidemic of anger-fueled violence in America and abroad, the almost one-thousand pages of the American Psychiatric Association's official diagnostic manual, the DSM-IV-TR, contain only a handful of diagnoses capable of accurately addressing this disturbing and growing phenomenon. This is a serious omission, demanding immediate attention.

The Wisdom of Spontaneity (Part 2)

Malcolm Gladwell notes that "spontaneous...decisions come from our unconscious." My own contention adds that there's a lot more going on in our unconscious mind than is apparent...

Let My People Surf the Web - They'll Be More Productive!

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 03, 2009 in Don't Delay
Companies worry a lot about lost productivity. Some spend millions on software to block employees from using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or online shopping. A recent study questions this approach. In fact, a little surfing seems to increase productivity.

The Truth about Self-Medicating Behavior

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on March 30, 2009 in

The Wisdom of Spontaneity (Part 1)

This post will explore how "blessed" are those free to act spontaneously; and how "bedeviled" or "ill-fated" (comparatively speaking) are those driven to behave impulsively. . . .

Should overuse of the Internet become a mental disorder?

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on March 25, 2009 in Side Effects
Does overuse of the Internet really belong in a manual of mental disorders?

The Addictive Personality Redux

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on March 24, 2009 in Look At It This Way

A Unified Framework for Addiction: Decision-Process Vulnerabilities and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 22, 2009 in Don't Delay
Based on a framework for addiction recently published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, philosopher, Chrisoula Andreou, has offered up ideas to consider in our understanding of procrastination. 

What Do We Learn from the Osbournes About Addiction and Recovery?

By Stanton Peele on March 21, 2009 in Addiction in Society
The Osbourne family's drug addictions are back in the news as Kelly Obsourne, 24-year-old daughter of famed rocker and substance abuser Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon, has just left her third stint at rehab. Ozzie has bragged about how his kids got into rehab (including also youngest son Jack) much earlier than he had. But is this working out for them?

Do Credit Card Companies Judge Your Economic Personality?

Credit companies, in an attempt to protect themselves against consumer defaults, have been known to profile our economic personalities. By constructing a model of what we charge and where we shop, they hope to detect who is under economic duress...

Parents as Propagandists (Part Two)

By Steve Livingston on March 18, 2009 in Tinted Lenses
Many observers have readily accepted cyclical models of family violence, substance abuse, and crime, to the point where appeals to "break the cycle" accompany much public information on these issues. It therefore seems odd that we should be relatively squeamish about exploring generational cycles of development and transmission of prejudice.

Psychological Characteristics Owners of AggressiveDog Breeds

Owners of high risk for aggression dogs admit to more criminal activity and are more likely to engage in sensation seeking and high risk behaviors.

Second-hand Procrastination: How Your Procrastination May Harm Others

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 15, 2009 in Don't Delay
That's right, second-hand procrastination . . . when procrastinators finish their binge of work, social devastation lays all about.

Running Amok in Alabama: Our Raging Anger Epidemic

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on March 15, 2009 in Evil Deeds
This week, yet another angry young man went on a murderous rampage near the Alabama/Florida border, killing a total of fourteen victims: his mother, grandmother, uncle and two cousins, four dogs, and five random strangers on the street. It was the worst multiple murder in state history. Twenty-seven-year-old Michael McLendon was heavily armed with two military assault rifles, a handgun and a shotgun, firing more than 200 rounds before it was all over. So far as we know right now, there was reportedly no relationship breakup. No known criminal record. And no apparent previously diagnosed history of mental illness. As in many such cases, the perpetrator was posthumously described as a "quiet kid, no trouble. He was always polite and nice." A former co-worker called McLendon "shy, quiet and laid-back." What leads to such dangerous and deadly states of mind? What motivated this incredibly evil deed? And how might these increasingly common acts of absolute madness possibly be prevented?

The Addictive Personality

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on March 14, 2009 in Look At It This Way

Older Fathers Take Note: A Reply to Paul Raeburn

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 12, 2009 in Don't Delay
As an older dad, Paul Raeburn's most recent blog, "More bad news on the risks faced by the children of older fathers" caught my interest.