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Is Addiction a Disease?
Even addicts are doing the best they can.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 23, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Joseph A. Shrand, M.D. Tags: Addiction Psychiatry Resilience Self-Help Source Type: news

Day 21: Picking the Best Anxiety Management Strategy For You
Which anxiety management technique will work best for you? Pick from these dozen!read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 23, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help anxiety management mental health performance anxiety Source Type: news

It’s Harder for Women to Quit Smoking Than It Is for Men
Women are at an increased risk of relapse after a smoking cessation attempt. Research indicates that both the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle and the negative symptomatology experienced while quitting play a role during smoking cessation and can influence outcomes. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Addiction Self-Help Source Type: news

Recovery and Resilience Connection
Resilience is defined as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity. Learning to become more resilient can offer individuals the opportunity to improve their life, maximizing potential and success. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Behavioral Economics Self-Help Source Type: news

Binge Eating in Men
Today, men are catching up with women in body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 21, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Carolyn C. Ross, M.D., M.P.H. Tags: Addiction Eating Disorders Gender Health binge eating healthy body image men ' s health Source Type: news

Addiction as a Learning Disorder
The consensus among scientists is that drug addiction is associated with altered learning system that appears to overvalue pleasure, undervalue risk, and fail to learn from repeated mistakes. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 21, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Shahram Heshmat, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Behavioral Economics Source Type: news

Day 18: Not Labeling Emotional Difficulty a Mental Disorder
Why do we say "I am depressed" when we don't say "I am a rash" or "I am a broken arm"? On day 18 of 30 days to better mental health we look at how to avoid self-identifying with a mental disorder label when emotional difficulties arise.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help mental disorders mental health Source Type: news

Missing the Boat on Diagnosis
In this new study, 86.5 percent of children and adolescents with FASDs had been misdiagnosedread more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D. Tags: Addiction Child Development Psychiatry diagnosis FASDs mental health treatment Source Type: news

If You Want Happiness, Resolve to Find Meaning
Is it better to be happy than not? Do bears defecate in the woods? The question is not whether happiness is a good thing. Rather, it is two-fold: To what extent is it helpful and healthy to view happiness as an end unto itself, and how best to facilitate happiness? read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Dan Mager, MSW Tags: Addiction Happiness Health Spirituality happiness strategies; life satisfaction meaning sense of purpose Source Type: news

Day 15: Learning the Skill of Quick Meaning Repair
What can you do if life suddenly feels less meaningful? Practice the skill of quick meaning repair!read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 17, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help existential meaning meaninglessness mental health Source Type: news

How Much Is Your Failed Resolution Costing You?
Why do so many of us fail at our resolutions? Three challenges and strategies to overcome them.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: David Maxfield Tags: Addiction Behavioral Economics Diet Eating Disorders fail How to Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution setting goals Source Type: news

The Neurological Differences in Men and Women Smokers
Talk to your physician for information on alternative smoking cessation programs. Individual plans can offer long-term success and a healthier lifestyle. It is never too late to benefit from quitting the habit of smoking and reduce the associated health risks. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 14, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Health Social Life smoking Source Type: news

Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines
read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 14, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Addiction Education Health drug drug use smoking substance abuse Source Type: news

Day 12: Reducing Meaninglessness With One Single Question
Life not feeling too meaningful? Here's one simple thing to try!read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 14, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help existentialism life purpose meaning mental health Source Type: news

5 Ways to Silence Shame
Shame is among the most corrosive of human emotions, with the power to convince us that that little voice in our head is right after all – you know, the one that says “I knew you’d fail,” “You’ll never really belong” and “Who would love you?”read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: David Sack, M.D. Tags: Addiction Happiness Resilience Self-Help Source Type: news

Painkillers and the NFL: Why the Players Sued
The legalities of the claim that the NFL got their players addicted to painkillers will likely be argued for a long time. But the questions remain: why are prescription opioids used so often for pain relief, and why are they so addictive?read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Jordan Gaines Lewis Tags: Addiction Law and Crime Neuroscience Sport and Competition Football lawsuit national football league NFL opiate addiction opiates painkillers Source Type: news

Bump Start
One of the more interesting and somewhat controversial male psychological conditions that have been reported relatively frequently in the psychological research literature is Couvade syndrome (sometimes called sympathetic pregnancy) but is not generally recognized as a bone fide medical condition. But what does the psychological literature tell us about this disorder?read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Mark D. Griffiths, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Sex Couvade Syndrome False pregnancy syndrome Phantom pregnancy Pregnancy delusions Pseudo-pregnancy. Source Type: news

Day 10: Tackling the Boredom Behind Our Frantic Busyness
Effectively dealing with the boredom that masks meaning problems and causes us to keep ourselves over-busyread more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help boredom emotional health mental health Source Type: news

The Teenage Brain Blog
How new research is turning the tables on myths about the teenage brain: Revealing hidden strengths and weaknessesread more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Frances E. Jensen, M.D. Tags: Addiction Child Development Neuroscience Parenting adolescent brain cyberbullying risk taking Source Type: news

Day 9: Reducing Your Anxiety Using One Simple Visualization
Learn how to use a simple visualization technique to help manage your anxietyread more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 10, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help anxiety management emotional health mental health Source Type: news

Welcome to Chronic Pain 360: Real Hope for Recovery
We need to rethink the way we treat chronic pain.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 9, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Carol Bowman, M.D. and Scott Dehorty, MSW, LCSW-C Tags: Addiction Therapy chronic pain chronic pain syndrome living with chronic pain opiate prescription painkillers Source Type: news

Methadone Treatment May Prolong Addiction
The most important missing link in methadone treatment is drug counselling.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 8, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Health Resilience CAMH Methadone Maintenance Treatment opioid Source Type: news

Does Technology "Crack" You Up? Maybe.
The thrill of an adrenaline rush is only exceeded by the dread of an adrenaline crash.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Mark Goulston, M.D., F.A.P.A. Tags: Addiction adrenaline junkie cocaine dopamine endorphin technology Source Type: news

The Move Away from Abstinence Based Addiction Treatment
The face of addiction treatment is changing, and not for the better.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Addiction Psych Careers Therapy recovery treatment Source Type: news

Why Cravings Occur
For addicts, the trouble begins once they decide to give up the addiction. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Shahram Heshmat, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Behavioral Economics Source Type: news

AA Following Rehab: Does It Matter?
AA following rehab enhances recoveryread more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Source Type: news

Day 6: Not Tripping Repeatedly In The Very Same Spot
Learn a simple strategy to help yourself not trip repeatedly over the same obstacles and challengesread more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help emotional health mental health recovery triggers Source Type: news

A Strong Girl Behind Yoga Recovery
The movement to pair yoga with addiction recovery work is growing larger than ever. Read the back story behind the woman leading the charge in Canada.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Anna B. David Tags: Addiction Health 12-step codependency recovery self-esteem Yoga Source Type: news

The Health Risks of Binge Drinking
Drinkers generally understand how binge drinking alters behavior. However, more than behavior changes with intoxication. Binge drinking is a significant cause of accidents. It increases the risk of falls, burns, gunshot wounds, car accidents, arguments and poisoning. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Environment Social Life alcohol binge drinking underage drinking youth Source Type: news

Active Rewards
Research appears to indicate that at times of psychological and/or emotional hardship, some habitual exercisers engage in such activity as a form of escape. The reliance on exercise as a means of coping with adversity has the potential become to become addictive. I and some colleagues carried out the first ever national study on exercise addiction - but what did we find?read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Mark D. Griffiths, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Sport and Competition Behavioural addiction compulsive exercise Exercise addiction Exercise addiction prevalence Exercise Dependence Exercise psychology. Source Type: news

Can We Pay People to Quit Drugs?
A number of empirical studies have shown that direct cash payment can alter human behavior, and more specifically drug use behavior. However, this treatment is not effective for everyone. Finding out for whom cash would work in changing behavior may require combining artificial intelligence techniques with neuroscience and clinical intuition. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 5, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Sean X. Luo, M.D., Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Behavioral Economics Neuroscience Psychiatry Therapy neuroimaging predictive modeling statistics Source Type: news

Day 4: Becoming a Past Whisperer
The past lives within us right now. Become a past whisperer and learn how to settle down the past that circulates within your system.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 5, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help emotional well-being healing trauma mental health Source Type: news

Day 3: Tolerating a Difficult Thought for Ten Seconds
On Day 3 of 30 days to better mental health learn how to tolerate difficult thoughtsread more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 4, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help cognitive development emotional health mental health Source Type: news

Day 2: Giving Life a Thumb's Up
Why a negative evaluation of life can ruin motivation and mental healthread more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 3, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help emotional health mental health Source Type: news

Early Sobriety Holiday Joy? Oy
The pressure to be happy and grateful at this time of year can be particularly daunting if you've just put down drugs and alcohol.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 2, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Anna B. David Tags: Addiction Relationships Christmas holidays smoking sober Thanksgiving Source Type: news

American Addiction Treatment Is Shame-Based
We shame people into quitting their addictions. Does this make sense?read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 2, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Stanton Peele Tags: Addiction Self-Help Source Type: news

Changing Rules for Reporting Clinical Trial Results
read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - January 1, 2015 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Politics Psychiatry Source Type: news

Reading Dangerous Faces
Children of alcoholics have had to become good face readers.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 31, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Steve Albrecht, DBA Tags: Addiction Self-Help alcoholic anger anxiety assessment contempt disgust Ekman face reading fear stress tghreat violence Source Type: news

Think Before You Drink
Many New Year's revelers get into trouble because they generally do not recognize that critical driving-related skills and decision-making abilities are diminished long before the obvious physical signs of intoxication. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 30, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Addiction Happiness Health Social Life drinking New Year ' s Eve Source Type: news

Talking to Teens: How to Start the Conversation Part 1
A healthy relationship starts with conversation.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 29, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Mendi Baron Tags: Addiction Parenting Source Type: news

The Truth About Loneliness
Loneliness damages your health, promotes your bad habits and shortens your life, but you do not need more people in your life to fix this problem. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 29, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Billi Gordon, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Eating Disorders Neuroscience Relationships dating Facebook addiction loneliness marriage marriage problems social media Source Type: news

The Lion King
If through therapy, AA, life experiences or a kind word, the addicted person comes to a place of self-validation and acceptance of their feelings, sobriety and a full life.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 29, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Joseph Troncale, M.D. Tags: Addiction Happiness Health Psychiatry Source Type: news

When All Our Dreams Come True
The warmth and closeness that come our way during the holidays can cast a long shadow: loss, loneliness, and alienation. That makes Christmas a difficult time for ex- and recovering addicts. Because drugs and other addictions promise to fill the hole.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 25, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Marc Lewis, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Depression Neuroscience Social Life alcoholism Christmas drug addiction drugs loneliness Source Type: news

Why You Should Learn and Practice Yoga
Yoga is a balanced practice of physical exercise, breathing control and meditation that can reduce psychosocial distress as well as improve cardiovascular and cognitive function. Yoga may prove to be a practical adjunct to a healthy lifestyle, according to research.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 23, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Integrative Medicine Spirituality Therapy Yoga Source Type: news

The War on Weed is Over
The war on weed pursued by countless law enforcement personnel since at least the 1960s is effectively over. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 22, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Addiction Behavioral Economics Health marijuana weed Source Type: news

The Ketamine Challenge
Ketamine treatment of mental disorders offers great hope and therapeutic potential for many patients with mental disorders. However, the groundswell of enthusiasm and desire by patients and doctors for new treatments may be expanding its use prematurely and ahead of our scientific understanding of its use.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 21, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. Tags: Addiction Psychiatry drug abuse medical care mental illness Source Type: news

The Danger of Drinking to Blackout
Someone who has had a blackout while drinking cannot remember part of their drinking episode. Unfortunately, most people do not understand how dangerous blackouts are, yet up to 50% of drinkers may have an alcohol-related blackout (ARB). read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 18, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Health Social Life Source Type: news

Ringing in Good Behavior
Why do we choose to donate money to charity at some stores, but not at others? Why do some parental bribes work to illicit good behavior, while others fail miserably? A revealing look at the psychology behind those seemingly random decisions and events. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 18, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Rebecca Jackson Tags: Addiction Cognition Education Parenting good behavior habits Homegoods Rebecca Jackson St. Jude Research Hospital The Learning Habit Source Type: news

State of Emergency: Suicide in First Nations Communities
Suicide is disturbingly common among some Inuit and First Nations groups, with the rate in some communities eleven times higher than the Canadian average.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 18, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Depression Health Spirituality cultural trauma first nations suicide Source Type: news

NFL Injuries Leading to Medication Abuse
NFL injuries are treated with pain medications by team doctors. Are the players being responsibly medicated? Are they treated in ways that are for their benefit or in the team’s best interest? read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 18, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Addiction Health Sport and Competition NFL sports Source Type: news