Essential Reads

Unraveling the Teenage Mind

Adolescence can be a mystifying time for everyone. This new book can help.

When Someone You Love Becomes an Addict

With addiction, love isn't enough. Here's how to get help.

Harvey Weinstein Proves Sex Addiction Doesn't Exist

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Labelling Harvey Weinstein a "sex addict" allows us to confidently say "I'm not like that," rather than encouraging us to look at our own pain.

Very Young Male Syndrome

Perceiving life as short has many outcomes associated with it. Being male and having gotten stitches at some point are among them. Evolutionary psychology tells us why.

More Posts on Addiction

Brain, Interrupted... Fixing Broken Attention in Daily Life

Multitasking in multimedia changes the brain in powerful ways.  It's time to pay attention to attention, and take our brains back.

I-Dosing: Digital Drugs and Binaural Beats

By Ron S. Doyle on July 15, 2010 in You 2.0
Forget the medical marijuana dispensaries popping up on every street corner in California and Colorado and the disturbing accessibilty of real drugs like ecstasy and cocaine. Let's all worry about the new "digital drug" in town: Idozer.

Consistency Is Always The Best Policy

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on July 14, 2010 in
The results of a new Caron Treatment Centers study show that while parents have great intentions of helping to prevent substance abuse they often inadvertently encourage teenage drinking.

Five personal reasons for not taking psychiatric drugs

We take more psychiatric meds than ever - and in many cases we feel we benefit from them.  Are we really better off?

The Bizarre Ways That LeBron James Proved Charles Barkley Right

 LeBron James' decision to go to the Miami Heat as a free agent, left some confused.  Athletes make difficult decisions that they think are best for them sometimes, even if it leaves us scratching our heads...another reminder that we should be the role models for our children.

Are You a Cyber-Addict?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 06, 2010 in Open Gently
If you miss sleep or meals or time with your kids because you're playing online, change your habits.

The Creative Addiction: Is the Muse Friend or Foe?

By Jonathan Fields on July 05, 2010 in Awake at the Wheel
Pearl S. Buck said: The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

Heroin use among suburban teens grows because it's 'no big deal.'

By Robbie Woliver on June 29, 2010 in Alphabet Kids
Heroin use is growing among white suburban teens, and the key problem is that this new generation of young junkies sees no stigma and are so-offhanded about using the dangerous drug.

Does An Early Development of Empathy Prevent Addiction?

"In a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Addictions, Dr. Giovanni Martinotti and others found that levels of empathy quotient (EQ) was significantly lower in alcohol dependent patients compared to that of the control group members determined not to be dependent on alcohol."

Sometimes self-control is belief-control

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 23, 2010 in Ulterior Motives
One of the hardest things for people to do is to resolve the tradeoff between short-term and long-term goals. For example, if you are trying to stick to a diet, it can be difficult to avoid a tempting piece of cake or a fresh gooey cookie straight from the oven.

No More Best Friends - Next, No More Lovers?

Kids are no longer allowed to have best friends - next, they'll ban lovers - it'll be like hell!

Intense Attachments

By Sandra L. Brown M.A. on June 11, 2010 in Pathological Relationships

How and When to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Abuse

By Catherine McCall MS, LMFT on June 08, 2010 in Overcoming Child Abuse
How young is too young to tell kids about sexual abuse? What about sex education? A family therapist shares her opinion.

Hyper-Sexuality, Sex Addiction & ADHD

By Jory Goodman M.D. on June 08, 2010 in Attention, Please

Battling It Out

Having a satisfying, healthy relationship with your partner doesn't mean never fighting - it means learning to fight well. Like me, you've probably often heard that little piece of wisdom, and wondered what in the world it means. How exactly do you fight well? What is the best way for two people to cope with their anger, frustration, and hurt, without undermining their mutual happiness?

Best Friends Day: The Soundtrack of our Friendship

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on June 08, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
It's always nice to hear about a special friendship but especially on Best Friends Day! So I was delighted that my friend and colleague, Judy Kirkwood, contributed this guest post today. .....Newly divorced from a man who went from the love of my life to scum of the earth, I have been a tad isolated since moving half a continent away from friends and family in an effort to re-start my life.

Obesity, drug addiction, and dopamine

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on June 05, 2010 in All About Addiction
As obesity explodes in the United States, the issue of compulsive eating and the role of junk food in reinforcing it has been coming up again and again. Some recent research suggests that we may as well start thinking about high-fat junk-food as just another drug.

Coach Meg - Driving With the Brakes On

By Margaret Moore on June 02, 2010 in Life Changes
It is rare today to find someone who isn't struggling with some aspect of health and well-being: stress, overwhelm, low energy, weight fluctuation (mostly upward), health, etc. I am writing this series of brief pieces to offer insights on what it takes to get over and beyond such struggles, changing or even transforming on a small or large scale. I get as much out of writing these pieces as anyone reading them - we all need regular doses of new inspiration and ideas. Fortunately, the knowledge base on how we change is ever growing.