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Why Are Senior Citizens Using More Illicit Drugs?

Senior citizens are using and abusing substances at increasing rates.

Research Shows What Makes Trolls Tick on Mobile Dating Apps

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 25, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Internet trolls are everywhere. What draws them to dating apps and how can you deal with them?

Does Legalized Marijuana Result in More Teen Use?

Dueling data about whether or not legal marijuana increases teen use has led to a lot of confusion and scientific cherry picking.

6 Myths About Women and Addiction

While biology and circumstances affect who is at risk for addiction in both sexes, gender can shape how trauma, loss and family influence that risk.

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A New (Year's) File Folder labeled: UNNECESSARY

By Marietta McCarty on January 03, 2010 in Life Saving Philosophy
For the new year, perhaps you would like to join me and countless philosophical hopefuls of all ages in one simple task: starting a file labeled UNNECESSARY.

Radical Embitterment: The Unconscious Psychology of Terrorists (Part Two)

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on December 30, 2009 in Evil Deeds
In the case of young Mr. Abdulmutallab, careful forensic evaluation could be crucial to comprehending what drove the defendant to allegedly commit this evil deed, and to understanding more generally what psychological vulnerabilities, frustrations or conflicts predispose certain people to recruitment in Al-Qaeda and other violently dangerous radical religious cults. 

The Tools for Change: It’s Not as Simple as it May First Appear

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on December 29, 2009 in
In my 32 years of practice as a clinician, it is inevitable that my new patients relate that they are going to stop drinking - this will be their New Year's resolution. My question is always: What is so special about the New Year? 

Building Your Support System

By Will Baum LCSW on December 29, 2009 in Crisis Knocks
Getting help from others is often the first, best step toward getting through a crisis.

Family as Therapy, Rather than Family Therapy

By Stanton Peele on December 28, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Orphaned as group, the four Welch siblings - Amanda, Liz, Dan, and Diana - endured sometimes gruesome mistreatment by adults to reform their family as a nurturing, therapeutic unit.

Baby Blues—A Search Beyond Neurons

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on December 28, 2009 in The New Brain
 A new study provides long-awaited insight into the puzzling illness of postpartum depression and a surprising twist—the findings have nothing to do with neurons.

Caution: Parental Pride Turns Dangerous

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on December 21, 2009 in The Favorite Child

What Movies And Therapy Have In Common

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on December 19, 2009 in Reel Therapy
In my last post I suggested that the treatment approach implemented by reality-television star Dr. Drew was flawed. Since it is all too frequent and problematic in our culture to critique things from afar without offering better alternatives, I've decided to write a follow up post about more effective psychological treatment. Problematically, the jurisdiction of this blog is cinema. More to the point, the world of psychological treatment modalities is fractured. There is a dizzying array of choices when it comes to solving a mental malady. My solution is to discuss a narrative-based, modality-unifying treatment. I call it narrative psychology.

Diminished Capacity?

By Anneli Rufus on December 18, 2009 in Stuck
A notorious hacker who led a team of cohorts to break into computer systems and steal more than 170 million payment card numbers -- in what is being called the biggest case of identity theft in U.S. history -- has pled guilty to charges that might land him in prison for 25 years, but claims that he suffers from "Internet addiction" and Asperger's Syndrome and thus has asked a judge for leniency in his sentencing.

Unpacking the Psychological Costs of Unemployment

By David L Blustein Ph.D. on December 16, 2009 in The 21st Century Workforce
A recent New York Times article outlined the devastating costs of unemployment from a personal perspective, using the stories of individual's lives to give voice to this crisis. What are your views about the current unemployment situation? Do you think that psychology has a role to play in dealing with this crisis?

A Hidden Epidemic

By Ted Grossbart Ph.D. on December 14, 2009 in Skin Deep

Will Sex Addiction Be in DSM-V?

By Stanton Peele on December 13, 2009 in Addiction in Society
The fight over the new psychiatric manual, DSM-V, has escalated.  The conflict is due to an underlying flaw in the manual's conception.  Rather than tracing human activity in terms of its impact for people's lives, it instead attempts to list each separate manifestation of abnormal functioning.  This is madness.

Eating the Rich

By Lynn Phillips on December 12, 2009 in Dream On
Back before we knew much about the chemistry of addiction, Karl Marx declared religion the opiate of the people. It's a fun metaphor to toss around during December's holiday frenzy, but it isn't all that apt. As a sedative, religion is more like Nyquil: something that gets you through the night without too many thoughts about the exploitation of class by class. The true opiate of the people -- the seducer that fools you into feeling it's your friend, that changes your gut, rewires your brain, hooks you, hurts you and won't let you go -- turns out to rich, sweet food - aka holiday treats.

Can Therapy Be Addictive? : The Power and Terror of Termination

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on December 11, 2009 in Evil Deeds
How the termination phase of treatment is handled (or mishandled) by the therapist can determine success or failure. When is therapy over? Who decides? And on what basis? What happens when psychotherapy goes on either too briefly or too long?

Have another cookie: An 8 step body sense program to control binge eating during the holidays

By Alan Fogel on December 09, 2009 in Body Sense
As we approach the end of year holidays, I am reminded how easy it is to forget to notice our bodies and what we eat, to slip into a kind of festive numbness.

Why the World Will End in 2012

By Howard Bloom on December 03, 2009 in The Genius of the Beast
Why is the vision of apocalypse so compelling? Why does it work as a hook for the human spirit over and over again?

Obama and the Bunny Planet

By Raphael Cushnir on December 03, 2009 in Emotional Connection
I hesitated to write about President Obama's war speech on PT, but then failure of imagination is a life-threatening psychological condition.

Slaves to Chocolate

By Lynn Phillips on November 26, 2009 in Dream On
Do I have a bad low-end gourmet chocolate habit that I can break by force of will, or am I enslaved by chocolate's merciless molecules? And if I'm in denial about my chocolate habit, exactly what about it am I refusing to face? 

How to Choose a Mate

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on November 25, 2009 in Thinking Matters

The Holidays: Survival Guide for Sober Alcoholics

The holidays can be a triggering and challenging time for sober alcoholics, particularly for those in early sobriety. But why? There are a variety of reasons and this time of year can prove to be emotionally charged even for non-alcoholics.

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Youth narcissism and us

By Janis Whitlock MPH, PhD on November 23, 2009 in Youth and Consequences
 We are home to an increasingly narcissistic generation, it is true. Increasingly prevalent empirical data to back up what we all know and suspect: today's generation of kids are more narcissist than previous generations. However, although the empirical validation is useful, such studies simply quantify the obvious.

United States Changes Its Mind on Addiction - It's Not a Chronic Brain Disease After All

By Stanton Peele on November 20, 2009 in Addiction in Society
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) looks at addiction and finds most people overcome alcoholism on their own - most without even quitting drinking!  Thus one government agency - the NIAAA - contradicts another (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) by deciding that addiction is not usually a chronic relapsing brain disease.