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What Causes Someone to Develop an Eating Disorder?

Individuals with eating disorders are suffering because of an inadequate attachment with their caregivers.

When to End a Friendship and How to Do It

Breaking up with a friend is one of the most difficult things to do.
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The Crisis of Meaning

Now is the time to address the crisis of meaning in life, work, and society.

Opioid Prescription Decline Data Misleading

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on July 12, 2017 in Sure Recovery
Opioid prescriptions have decreased, but overdose deaths have increased.

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Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.

Does Video Game Addiction Really Exist?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Despite the political pressure to declare video game addiction a real disorder, the basic science still isn't there. What will this mean for concerned parents and therapists?
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Mental Health Stigma in Healthcare

Access to mental health and substance abuse care is at risk.

Responding Wisely to Food Addiction Relapses

When you have an eating addiction, it's not about the food. It's about how you use the food.

Loneliness and Dis-Connection

Do you pick up your phoned look at the various iterations of Facebook and Twitter when you are with others or feeling somehow lonely? This strategy will only make you more lonely.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Legal Profession

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on July 17, 2017 in Sure Recovery
What do lawyers have to do with addiction?

Snorting Cacao (Chocolate) Will Grease the Path to Addiction

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on July 17, 2017 in Sure Recovery
How can chocolate lead to drug addiction?

How to End the Opioid Epidemic

By Michael Bradley Ed.D. on July 15, 2017 in Crazy-Stressed
Parents who place few zero-tolerance demands upon their teens have kids who are shocked to see their laid-back parents suddenly get deadly serious.
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Why Do We Love to Chase?

Unpredictable rewards produce much larger pleasure than expected ones.

Do Brain-Changing Games Really Work?

By Lydia Denworth on July 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
Want to improve your thinking and memory? Think brain-changing games might help? A new study looked at their effect on the brain, on cognitive performance, and on decision-making.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Facebook for Children?

Children believe that Facebook is a protected environment, but are they right?

How Technology Lowers Emotional Intelligence in Kids

Five negative consequences caused by tech dependence.

Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics

Are your kids obsessed with screen time? Here are steps to curb their addiction.
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How Much Booze Is Best?

How much alcohol is safe?

Smoking Fetishes Examined

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in In Excess
Those individuals with smoking fetishes (capnolagnia) are presumed to be rare but there has been a growing amount of psychological research looking at sexualised smoking behavior.

How to Win the Smartphone-Brain Battle

CBS exposes brain hacking in Silicon Valley. Learn how to hack the hackers.

The Ordinary Courage of Being Our Selves

If we want to live full, rich lives, we must take the risk to override the shame and to be fully in relationship with others and the word.

The Myth of Addiction as "Equal Opportunity Destroyer"

By Stanton Peele on July 08, 2017 in Addiction in Society
As American experts consistently misplace their emphasis about addiction on drugs, rather than people, more people die. But those at high risk of victimhood are voiceless anyhow.

Trauma Nation

By Stanton Peele on July 07, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The cultural movement of recovering trauma is actually a psychological disaster of its own making. The answers—forward planning and community building—are nowhere apparent.
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Health Care (Politics) Is Bad for Your Health

Feeling anxious and depressed about possible cutbacks to health care? You are not alone.

Why Does the LGBT Community Experience More Drug Abuse?

Worried about the high rates of of drug abuse in the LGBT community? Here's what you can do to safeguard your LGBT child.

The Opioid Crisis

The latest information suggests the crisis may get worse before it gets better.

Set a Boundary or Build a Wall

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in A Family Affair
Do you struggle with setting firm boundaries? Here are a few things to consider.

Psychology, Art, And Body Fluids

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in In Excess
The use of bodily fluids as part of art works appears to be on the increase. But what is the psychological motivation and is there an association with mental disorders?
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Quiz: Can You Avoid Wrongdoing?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on July 02, 2017 in I'm Only Human
Quizzes on moral decision making seem to offer choices between right and wrong. But what if the choices are really between wrong and wrong?

Americans Intoxicated

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
It’s an angry era in America. Instead of debating who’s right or wrong, let’s ask what kinds of work anger is doing for Americans now? And what's behind it?

There Is a New Link Between Screen-Time and Autism

Don’t expect boys to “grow out of” their obsession with screens.

Benzodiazepines: The Danger Lurking in the Shadow of Opiates

Fatal overdoses more than quadrupled for benzodiazepines prescriptions

How to Be a Good Parent in a Digitally Addicted World

Technology addiction is real. And yet, we can and must still be good parents.

Acuphagia and Eating Metal

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in In Excess
There are many reports of pica (the eating of non-nutritive items such as coal, hair and wood). One sub-variant of pica is the eating of metal. But what do we know about it?