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Porn "Addiction" in the Mainstream Media

The mainstream media presents pornography addiction as a legitimate disorder when in fact this is far from certain. In addition it offers questionable advice and suggestions.

"Could It Happen to Me?" Our Personal Risk Factors

"There are personal risk factors that dramatically increase the chances of developing an addiction." Excerpted from The Craving Brain

3 Surprising Ways Heartbreak Impacts Your Brain

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 07, 2018 in The Squeaky Wheel
When your heart gets broken, your brain does too.
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How to Tell if Your Child Has a Problem With Screens

By Anya Kamenetz on December 14, 2017 in The Art of Screen Time
These questions, from a study just released, may help you determine if your child has a problem.

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Fight Emotion With Emotion

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Science of Choice
An important way to enhance self-control is to use our emotions to achieve challenging goals.

Let's Commend Fact-Based Thinking: Except With Alcohol

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Addiction in Society
Kurt Andersen hates irrationality, except when it comes to alcohol.

Teens and Dangerous Levels of Cell Phone Use

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Nurturing Resilience
If we’re going to prevent children putting themselves at risk for mental disorders, parents and communities are going to have to impose some rules and take a lesson from Iceland.

How the “Porn Addiction” Movement Disrespects Women

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Sexual Intelligence
Assuming that women can't control their emotions in the face of their partner's porn use disempowers them--and undermines the partnership a couple needs to work things out.

Unite and Celebrate Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on January 13, 2018 in A Family Affair
Is your loved one causing you to sink into helplessness? You can find solace and support with others in the same boat.

Obsessive Selfie-Taking

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 12, 2018 in In Excess
The taking of selfies has become hugely popular but recent research suggests that some individuals have what has been termed selfitis, the obsessive taking of selfies.
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Family Relationships in Early Stages of Substance Use Change

By Michael Ascher M.D. on January 11, 2018 in Unhooked
Whether you are the person with the substance use problem in early stages of change or someone who loves them, everyone needs a road map to navigate existing family relationships.

Infographic: Teen Substance Use and Media

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Connected
These statistics make clear that we must encourage the teens in our lives to think critically about how media uses different strategies to try to influence their behavior.
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10 Reasons Why People Spend Too Much

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Science of Choice
When we learn how and why we are vulnerable, we can develop practices that help us improve our financial wellbeing.

Technology Designed for Addiction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Boundless
Have trouble limiting social media exposure? Tech giants want it that way.

Unspoken Legacy

By The Book Brigade on January 04, 2018 in The Author Speaks
Addiction affects the whole family, and it often has multi-generational roots that go unrecognized and unaddressed, even by therapists.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas—All the Time

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
But, honestly, will the weight gain stop after the holidays? They are not over yet. Orthodox Christmas is coming up—January 07, I believe. Super Bowl comes up after that.

Making Choices: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Memory Medic
Choices are a gamble. You can't know for certain you have made the right choice.But being paralyzed with indecision is no solution.Reason helps you understand the odds.

How to Win Mindless Loyalty

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in Ambigamy
Wouldn't it be fun to have people who think you're right no matter what you think or do? A little dangerous, perhaps, but fun. Here's how to get it.

Long Day's Journey Into Night: A Study of Psychological Form

A psychological approach clarifies the play's emotional impact and the psychological defenses on display.

Eating: A Manifesto for Recovery from Food Addiction

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on December 27, 2017 in Real Healing
Tired of constantly obsessing about food or your body? Tired of making New Year's Resolutions you never keep? If so, maybe you are ready to declare freedom from food addiction!

Video Gaming Disorder Is Now a Mental Health Condition

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on December 26, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
The World Health Organization will name Gaming Disorder as a mental health condition in their forthcoming diagnostic manual, the International Classification of Diseases.

5 Brain-Savvy Resolutions for the New Year

By Laurel Mellin Ph.D. on December 26, 2017 in Rewired
New Year's resolutions that work—5 Brain-Savvy Strategies

Taking Drugs on Christmas: A Reverse Temperance Tale

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Drugs can be consumed in positive ways in positive surroundings with positive people.

The Abstinence Myth in Treatment

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in All About Addiction
In many ways, substance use itself is a symptom of a whole host of issues that go much deeper into the psychology of individuals than mere consumption.

Teen Overall Drug Use Is Down, But Marijuana Use Is Up

Teen use of most substances is down, but teens are "vaping" marijuana, and think it's safe.

Selfitis: Fake News or Mental Illness?

Scientists now claim that 'Selfitis' (or sharing too many selfies) is a real disease. But could this be fake news?

How to Know You're in a Good Therapy for Addiction

By Lance Dodes M.D. on December 21, 2017 in The Heart of Addiction
Finding the right therapy for addiction is critical. Here are some things to watch out for.

The Addict's Dream State

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 20, 2017 in Minority Report
If you're recovery from an addiction be it drugs, alcohol, sex, or gambling, what does it mean when you have dreams related to your drug of choice? From my work with addiction...

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation: An Emerging Therapy

Curious about the benefits of weak electrical current for your mental health? Many studies support its use for anxiety and substance abuse.

Addiction is a Social and Psychological Symptom

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in The Me in We
How did America get so overmedicated?
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How to Break Bad Habits

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on December 15, 2017 in Fixing Families
The key to breaking bad habits is not white-knuckled willpower, but being aware of what holds the habit in place and mapping out substitutes.

Medical Marijuana for PTSD?

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Combined with other therapies, medical marijuana may help those with PTSD.

Adult Children: Taking a Step Back Can Be Healthy

By Dena Kouremetis on December 13, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.