Essential Reads

How Do Men Experience Eating Disorders?

Cultural pressures and gender norms may give rise to different symptoms

'Stop Checking Your Smartphone!'

Can disordered mobile phone use be considered a behavioral addiction?

Your Belief in Porn Addiction Makes Things Worse

The label of “porn addict” causes depression but porn watching doesn't.

Mental Illness Does Not Equal Dangerous, Mostly

Understanding the mix of features that can lead to crime

Recent Posts on Addiction

"Once a Cheater, Always a Cheater... Maybe Not"

How can I ever trust them again? If they cheated once won't they do it again? The "once a cheater, always a cheater" argument is a flagrant myth designed to protect but most definitely not enlighten. Discovery "why" people have affairs is the real key!

How Did Russell Brand Become an Addiction Expert?

By Stanton Peele on January 02, 2012 Addiction in Society
Russell Brand, who has described achieving sobriety from drug and sex addiction for a decade now, somehow embarked on a marriage in his mid-thirties that barely lasted a year. What went wrong?

Yes, DEA, there's an ADHD Med Shortage

The FDA says there's a shortage of ADHD stimulant medication. The DEA says there isn't a shortage. For the first time since I was prescribed Adderall at 23 years old, I was told my medication was on back order. Sure there's no shortage.

Linehan and Jung as Wounded Healers

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 Evil Deeds
Recently, sixty-eight-year-old clinical psychologist Dr. Marsha Linehan, famous for her fusion of spiritual, cognitive and behavioral treatment known as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, made a shocking and courageous public confession: Linehan has suffered from what she believes to be Borderline Personality Disorder all her adult life.

Discovery of Video Game-Induced Seizures Transforms a Teen's Health: A Mother's Story

Jessica's daughter Alice experienced daily seizures triggered by video games, but suffered for years before she was properly diagnosed.

New Year's Eve Without Drugs or Alcohol?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 All About Addiction
Drinking and doing drugs on New Year's Eve is like a social ritual. That's why it's an extra-hard time for those struggling.

Ten Impressive Psychology Studies from 2011

By David DiSalvo on December 28, 2011 Neuronarrative
Several great psychology studies were conducted in 2011 and it's hard to choose just ten to write about. In a list that's anything but exhaustive, here are the studies that impressed me the most from the past year.

Cultivating The Ability To Stay in 2012

By Pamela Madsen on December 28, 2011 Shameless Woman
One of my biggest lessons in being resilient and successful in my love life, friendships, career choices, and even conquering addiction—has been cultivating my own ability "to stay".

The Neuroscience of Perseverance

Perseverance separates the winners from the losers in both sports and life. Are you someone who perseveres despite difficulties and setbacks, or do you tend to throw in the towel and call it quits when faced with a challenge or adversity? What makes some people able to keep pushing and complete a task while others habitually fizzle and don't follow through?

Recovery = Abstinence... Or not

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 All About Addiction
Does recovery have to involve abstinence? I don't think so and apparently SAMHSA agrees. Why don't we start measuring what really matters?

10 Tips for Making the Most of Dinnertime

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 Singletons
The why, how, and essential ingredients for reaping the benefits of family dinner.

DSM 5 Tries to Sneak in Hebephilia

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 14, 2011 DSM5 in Distress
he DSM 5, Sexual Disorders work group has not yet given up on its discredited pet idea and persists in trying to find new ways to sneak Hebephilia into DSM 5.

Does Happiness Reside in the Head? If I Am Unhappy, Is It My Fault?

By Sandeep Gautam on December 14, 2011 The Fundamental Four
Raj argues that happiness lies in the head and it is our responsibility to reinterpret events in a positive light. I argue, that placing too much emphasis on personal responsibility, especially when the events are beyond control, is counter-productive.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Big Changes in the DSM-5

Learn the DSM-5's new "Levels of Personality Functioning" and "Proposed Trait System" for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Psychology versus Magical Thinking

By Stanton Peele on December 13, 2011 Addiction in Society
Education and health are two fundamental social areas we can never get our heads around in America. And hard-headed but humane researchers—whom I like to think embody psychology—are the people to explain why this is.

Talking with Teens: Drugs and Pornography

By Steve Baskin on December 13, 2011 S'mores and More
On a 6 day trek through the Himalayan foothills, I found an opportunity to broach some challenging topics with my teenage sons.

Dealing with an Addicted Teen During the Holidays

"We convince ourselves that things are happening the way we want them to be happening. It’s the equivalent of closing our eyes and hoping that the problem will disappear on its own."

What Is Addiction Treatment?

By Stanton Peele on December 12, 2011 Addiction in Society
What is regarded as addiction treatment in the U.S. is very different from that offered in much of the rest of the world -- which favors community outreach approaches that extend to people where they live and that offer a comprehensive range of services. The consequences of our idea of treatment are that we get less effective coverage at much greater cost.

Dangers of “Crying It Out”

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 Moral Landscapes
Letting babies “cry it out” is an idea that has been around at least since the behaviorist John Watson applied the mechanistic paradigm of behaviorism to child rearing in 1928, the decade when parents began trusting "science" more than their instincts.

What Drives a Sex Addict, Part 11

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on December 11, 2011 Love Doc
In my last blog, Married to a Sex Addict, I described the plight of the spouse who is married to a male sex addict. On Oct 7, 2009 I wrote about the psychology of a female sex addict. More recently the topic of sex addiction is being hyped in the media.

Radical Acceptance Can Inhibit Suffering

By Randi Kreger on December 09, 2011 Stop Walking on Eggshells
To accept your circumstances radically simply means that you do it from the depths of your soul and in every bone in your body. Radical acceptance of your loved one's disorder means that you acknowledge that you can't change the disorder, you didn't cause it, and you can't cure it.

Learning to Think Like an Optimist

Disappointments and challenges are an inevitable part of life. So instead of viewing them as failures, why not view them as opportunities to learn, grow, and improve? If you do, you're on the road to resilience, and research says that's exactly where you want to be during tough times.

Violence in Divorce: Towards Safety

Continuing the discussion on the malignant divorce, and touching upon the seriousness of domestic violence.