Essential Reads

How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

Adult-Onset ADHD Is Usually Something Else

By David Rettew M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Doctors are seeing increasing numbers of people presenting with what looks like adult onset ADHD. A recent study, however, finds that ADHD is rarely the cause.

Is Addiction a Disease of the Brain?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Addiction is when the primary process mind overpowers the deliberative actor mind.

Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New hope for previously untreatable pain.

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The Complex Reasons Why Some People Cheat

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 31, 2010 in Women Who Stray
Here's what we know about people who cheat when they know the risks and consequences associated with their behavior.

Masturbators for Whom Jesus is Coming?

By Lynn Phillips on May 28, 2010 in Dream On
For Evangelical Christian women who were victims of child abuse as were several of the Kansas pornography addicts the New York Times covered, maybe being redeemed by a savior works better as an antidote to compulsive masturbation than "secular sexual theory".

The World's Most Popular Drug

By Anneli Rufus on May 27, 2010 in Stuck
 A study released in the UK last month found that caffeine improves concentration and reduces workplace mistakes among workers. But should it be officially declared an addictive substance? 

Energy Drinks and "Terrorism" - Running Amok in a Truck

Did energy drinks, sleep loss and a Punjabi truck driver cause a terrorist incident in Wisconsin?

Ways to Slow Down without TV

Television can be addictive. Here are some ways to slow it down while tuning out the tube.

Don’t Worry Be Happy

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on May 24, 2010 in Look At It This Way

2nd Secret to Raising Healthy Sons..Boys Should be Boys!

By Meg Meeker M.D. on May 24, 2010 in Family Matters
Boys need strong relationships with their parents!

Social Media Addiction: Engage Brain Before Believing

When you see the headlines about social media addiction, take a deep breath. Exhale. I know this sounds radical, but don’t go by the news articles. You may be reading good copy, not good reporting.  Find the study and see for yourself.

Life in the Recovery Room-Its the Weekend-Do Not Isolate!

Isolation is a "cancer" for the recovering person's soul.

Collaboration in Treating the Individual with Addiction, Psychiatric Illness or Both

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on May 18, 2010 in
Addiction is so different then other diseases because of its unique bio-psycho-social nature, which touches everyone on so many levels. Every individual has felt the impact in some way by this illness - an illness that costs society so much and therefore by definition it must involve every aspect of society if it is to be effectively dealt with.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Your Family

By Michele Weiner-Davis MSW on May 17, 2010 in Divorce Busting
Though it's natural to confide in close friends and relatives when your marriage go astray, think twice.  It may come back to haunt you.

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 10)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on May 17, 2010 in Over-Simulated
Three years after the therapy ends, Paul contacts his therapist a final time. But for what reason?

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 9)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on May 14, 2010 in Over-Simulated
 Paul faces a life-defining choice and the challenge of making that choice an authentic, genuine one.  

Coffee as an Antidepressant: Its Pros and Cons

In America, we consume over 400 million cups of coffee every day. Ever wonder why so many of us make such a lustful beeline for our caffeine? Yes, there are documented benefits to coffee but are you also using it to self-medicate depression?  Learn the risks and signs of the cons to coffee.

The Calm, Abiding Center: Deflecting Everyday Conflict and Chaos

When you ask my friend Dan what he does, he won't tell you he's Navy, or a Senior Chief, or a Seabee or Special Forces. He'll say, "My job is to keep my sh*t together in the middle of a sh*t storm so my crew can do their job". What Dan is talking about -- in his typically unselfconscious and self-effacing way -- is the notion of the calm, abiding center; that place of psychological and spiritual balance that it is so necessary and healthful for us to cultivate and maintain in the face of everyday, post-modern stress, as well as larger personal challenges. 

Cholesterol Meds Associated with 9% Increased Risk of Developing Diabetes

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on May 12, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
A major new meta analysis using data from 13 clinical trials with 91,140 participants shows that cholesterol lowering medications are associated with a 9% increased risk of developing diabetes.

How it doesn't work: The dogma of the 12 steps

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on May 11, 2010 in All About Addiction
Imagine a doctor blaming a patient for an ineffective treatment? You may have just imagined the world of the hardcore 12-steppers. If we're going to make people better, it's time to take the dogma out of treatment.

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 8)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on May 09, 2010 in Over-Simulated
The story of Paul and his girls begins to end with a struggle in therapy, a war actually, in which Paul discovers life and the pleasures of living, all while challenging his therapist's empathy and openness.  

Make Love Not Texts

By Sascha Rothchild on May 07, 2010 in I'm No Expert, But...
Texting while driving seemed like the height of bad judgment until now. A recent study about social media addiction revealed that one in ten people under the age of 25 think it's OK to interrupt sex with a text. OMG that's 10 percent! The days of sneaking into the bathroom after a hot date to call your best friend and give her the scoop are long over. As are the days of not talking on the phone during family dinners, pretending to pay attention in class, and enjoying a movie without seeing the glaring lights of vibrating cell phones. Now apparently it's totally acceptable to literally text while in the middle of coitus.

Cocaine: Now It's a Fizzy Drink

By Anneli Rufus on May 07, 2010 in Stuck
 Energy drinks are aggressively marketed to young men using words and images that market research have proven appeal to young men. Their packaging and advertising campaigns evoke speed, violence, risky sports, sex, drugs, and death. Each has its own theme, but these drinks also contain vitamins and amino acids and the implication is that they healthily boost athletic and sexual prowess, while occasionally letting the drinker flirt with death -- in a fun way.  

Feelings. Why Do They Get a Bad Rap?

By Steve Sisgold on May 06, 2010 in Life in a Body
Former Miss USA Tara Conner was on Oprah recently to talk about her struggle with drug addiction.The most prominent theme was about how feelings can be overwhelming and lead to addiction as a way to numb out and not feel uncomfortable emotions...."Heaven forbid we feel" was mentioned twice.Tara turned to drinking, drugs and cutting herself at age 14, as a way to cope from her parents' divorce and granddad's death.She explained how the pressure and anxiety from these events were too much for her to cope with. 

Young People, Iraq, Afghanistan, PTSD and Alcohol and Drug Abuse

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on May 03, 2010 in
Programs must be established with experts from every field to deal with the bio-psycho-social nature of the co-occurring disorder of PTSD and chemical addiction. We must have professionals from both the mental health and addiction camps and when necessary the medical camp (e.g., neurologists, surgeons, etc.) come together as a unified force to treat our young returning veterans and see to it that they receive the finest treatment available. 

Talking to NIDA about addiction research- Nicotine, cocaine, treatment matching and more

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on May 02, 2010 in All About Addiction
Nicotine and cocaine vaccines, changes in how we define addiction, and using technology to help people find the best treatment. It's all in a single call with NIDA's Dr. Nora Volkow and you get to listen in!

Cocaine, Bad Boys, Nerds... and Twitter

By Maia Szalavitz on April 30, 2010 in Born for Love
Will this be the push that delivers a fine hit of recognition and praise -- or will I instead feel like the nerd on the edge of the playground?

Health Reform is Mental Health Reform

By David Shern Ph.D. on April 30, 2010 in Minding the Nation's Health