Essential Reads

When Is Porn Use a Problem?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 19, 2018 in ExperiMentations
How do relationship and sexual satisfaction affect couples' use of pornography? New research provides guidance for when porn use is likely to become detrimental.

Beating the Odds

What if you come from a crazy family?

The Deadly Flow of Opioids

Opioids work (until they don’t): they are an immensely effective means of alleviating physical and psychic pain, as well as social malaise and ennui.

My Partner Has an Alcohol or Drug Problem!

How to navigate your relationship when your partner struggles with alcohol or other drug problems.

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Information Superhighway or Vapid Transit

Think the internet is making you stupid? Then the internet must have already gotten to you. Because the internet is not making you stupid. Here's why. 

Listen to Podcast — Dr. T Discusses Sugar Addiction

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on September 24, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
Have you ever realized how much sugar is hidden in many of the common foods people eat each day? Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D shares his cutting edge program to address sugar addiction and its causes ranging from adrenal fatigue, candida, PMS, poor sleep and more.

Three tips for the mobile healthcare industry

By Talya Miron-Shatz Ph.D. on September 24, 2010 in Baffled by Numbers
When the mobile healthcare conference ends, the real lesson to developers begins, taught by grumpy old women.

Inner and Outer Sparks

By Julie K. Hersh on September 23, 2010 in Struck By Living
Sparks of inspiration for brain health from Albert Schweitzer, Maxene Obenschain Kleier, and John Ratey

Acceptance and the Road Back from Depression: Appreciating Days Spent Sitting on My Hands

By Kelly G Wilson Ph.D. on September 23, 2010 in Living One Life
We often measure our actual lives against invented standards that we never quite meet--or, at least, the meetings are too brief. We buy into the idea that there is some "good enough" and if only we could reach that, we could rest. If we think about our very best days, it is pretty easy to find value in them. But what if we could learn to see the value, not just in our best days, but also in our least capable days? What if we could claim our days, all of our days, and count them as valuable? 

If Eminem is Proud to Be Sober… Then Anyone Can Be!

By Sarah A Benton MS, LMHC, LPC on September 20, 2010 in The High-Functioning Alcoholic
I was speechless while watching the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) as Eminem performed the song "Not Afraid" from his newest album "Recovery"- in fact I felt tears brewing. Through the years Eminem has been a controversial hip-hop rapper who seemed to thrive on offending and instigating public and political figures by speaking his mind without concern for other's opinions.

Is This Real Life?

By Erica Mantell M.S. on September 19, 2010 in Girl Meets Television

Mirroring Care

By Alison Bonds Shapiro M.B.A. on September 17, 2010 in Healing Into Possibility
What I do impacts you and what you do impacts me. Our brains activate when we witness other people's actions in the same way they do when we perform those same actions ourselves. And feeling what others do and feel has a direct affect on our ability to heal.

Some Fall Thoughts

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on September 16, 2010 in
There are myriad activities that take place at this time of year - a starting up of things if you will - that can make one feel exhausted just thinking about them.

Pill=Sleep? Seven Secrets of Sleeping Pills

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 16, 2010 in The Power of Rest
Rest should be the most natural thing in the world.

Self-Monitoring Made Easy

By Frederick Muench Ph.D. on September 10, 2010 in

Don't Press "Send" While You're Still in Your Pajamas

Email - that ever so tempting medium of immediate gratification which often leads to lingering regret. How many times did you get up in the middle of a sleepless night with the absolute conviction that you must tell your ex one essential thing right that minute? If only he knew this, either he'd feel enormous regret for his actions or perhaps, if you're lucky, you could make him feel a crumb of the hurt he's made you feel. 

Honoring The "Authentic Energy" of 9-11 and the First Responder

By James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW on September 06, 2010 in Life in the Recovery Room
What is the true meaning of September 11, 2001? As the day continues to be hijacked for so many others' agendas, let us not forget what really is the reason we will forever brand the spirit of 9-11 and the First Responder forever in our psyche.


By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 05, 2010 in Don't Delay
I will never do this again. I can't believe I've done this to myself again. Not true. Relapse is more the rule than the exception. Planning on it, accepting it, moving on, are key elements to a successful strategy for change.

Is There a Middle Way in 12-Step Programs? (Part I)

By Frances Kuffel on August 29, 2010 in What Fat Women Want
For all the neuroscience advances that Dr. Johnson touts, no one has handed addicts a pretty pink pill.  Dopamine and serotonin be damned!  I still get depressed on aximum-plus doses of sertraline and bupropion.

Change and Growth: Not All They Are Cracked Up to Be?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 27, 2010 in Insight Therapy
Change and growth are the "celebrity" goals of therapy, but you should not believe the hype. Other, less sexy, aims are often more worthwhile.
Why Do People Choose Polyamory?

Why Do People Choose Polyamory?

By Deborah Anapol Ph.D. on August 24, 2010 in Love Without Limits
Just as there are many different forms a polyamorous relationship can take, there are many different reasons people choose polyamory. We’re not always conscious of the reasons we do things, and sometimes we even make up reasons which have little to do with our real motivations. I’m not saying that we intentionally lie to ourselves, or to others. Rather, we find ourselves doing something and then make up a story to explain it. So it's not surprising that people are sometimes in dark about why they're choosing polyamory.

What Facebook Does to Friendships

By Jen Kim on August 23, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Facebook Addiction Disorder... Friendship Matchmaking Services... Is the Internet making us socially stupid?

Do You Need Rehab For Your Heartbreak?

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on August 20, 2010 in The New Teen Age
Dopamine: Why It's So Hard to "Just Say No"

Dopamine: Why It's So Hard to "Just Say No"

Research indicates that to "just stop" is not so easy.

Why the House Always Wins

By David DiSalvo on August 19, 2010 in Neuronarrative
I dislike the lottery, and frequently (and, I admit, obnoxiously) call it the “stupid tax” in a pointless effort to persuade lottery playing friends and family to call it quits. By now I should know better, because it never works.  The usual response is that they win enough small amounts to offset their ongoing loses, so it’s worth it. The problems with this reasoning are many.

Living Life by the Tweet- A US Trend or a Generational tragedy?

By James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW on August 18, 2010 in Life in the Recovery Room
There is no doubt that women today present more [body image issues] and those who watched the [reality] show were particularly affected and moved to “inspirational action.” Though the world of self esteem has always been an age-old challenge, the concept of self esteem either comes from the world of promotion or attraction.