Addiction

Older Americans Are More Prone to Substance Abuse

In 1998, government officials warned of a dire trend that we’ve only recently began to take note of. It wasn't an asteroid hurtling toward earth or the ever-growing impact of humans on the climate. It was elder substance abuse.

In the late 1990s, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) already was predicting the drastic increase in alcohol and drug abuse among adults 60 years old and up.

Close to twenty years later, we don’t know much more than we did in 1998.
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4 Ways to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Your Teen

There are many stresses that come with raising teenagers, but one of the biggest is worrying about drug and alcohol abuse. There are many outside influences enticing teenagers to get involved with alcohol and drugs, and it’s often hard for teens to understand the ramifications of such decisions. As a parent, it’s important to be an inside influence helping them to avoid these dangers.

There are preventative steps you can take to keep your children safe and healthy, such as the following:

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Addiction

What to Do When Someone Doesn’t Like You

The other day a child psychologist was telling me about a very rigid, perfectionistic patient of hers.

"I want to control what other people are thinking," the patient explained.

"How do you think you are going to do that?" the therapist responded.

The 11 year-old brainstormed but couldn’t come up with a solution. Finally the therapist interrupted her thought process and said, "Do you know what you CAN control?"
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Anorexia

Is My Massage Therapist Judging My Body?

In the dim room I’m told to undress to my comfort level. When the therapist gets to my legs I blurt out, “Sorry they’re not shaved. I have a waxing appointment tomorrow.” She runs her forearm up the back of my thigh and I imagine my pockets of cellulite coagulating.

I imagine she’s observing my fat and judging me.

For anyone who’s ever struggled with body image, those words burn with an astute reflection. There were years when I constantly thought that people were observing my body and judging me.
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Addiction

Helping People with Addiction Through Treatment Diversion Programs, Not Jail

Police across the nation seem it finally be catching onto something those in the addiction treatment field have known for a long time -- treating addicts like people and offering them help, instead of locking them up, works better than treating them like criminals.

Police in Gloucester, MA recently announced that if someone comes to them looking for help, that person will get help. It doesn’t matter if they’re in possession of drugs or paraphernalia, they’ll get help.
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3 Beliefs about Well-Being that Don’t Work

There are many beliefs about well-being that get perpetuated over and over. They might show up in articles or on social media sites. They might be deeply ingrained into our society. And they totally miss the mark.

This month clinicians reveal the real facts behind misconceptions that suggest everything from the importance of staying strong to striving for happiness. Plus, they share what works instead.
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Addicts Need Rehab, not Jail

It’s a story almost as old as addiction itself. It’s a question with an obvious answer, but one still lingering. It’s a debate over helping vs. punishing. It’s a political pitfall, but one that may finally be addressed.

I’m talking, of course, about offering addicts treatment instead of punishing them with jail or prison. Now that’s a vast oversimplification of the personal, political, and socioeconomic debate raging across the country at this very moment. Still, I believe it should be that simple.

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Anorexia

Eating Disorder Recovery: What an Imperfect Health Care System Taught Me

Eight years in I knew I needed help for my eating disorder, but I was still trying to convince myself I’d get better on my own. I’d like to say I chose to go to the hospital because I had faith in recovery and made a healthy choice. But the truth is often different from surface appearance.

After coming home in constant fear that he’d find me dead, my husband finally told me if I didn’t get help he couldn’t be married to me anymore. A part of me had been watching.
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Addiction

Why Your Job Is Not Your Friend

Are you in an abusive relationship with your job?

Do you give it all the energy you have, only to feel drained after? Do you put your job before your sleep, your health, or interacting with friends? Do you feel like you owe it to your job to sacrifice everything? Do you stay up all night, obsessing about how you can make things right in the morning?

America is a culture that seems to pride itself on how hard it can work. We log 60 hours a week, scoff at sick days, and eat lunch at our desks. We think this is how it’s supposed to be. But the truth is -- it’s not.
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Addiction

Top 10 Eating Disorder Blogs of 2015

Eating disorders remain one of the most misunderstood, stigmatized and discriminated against mental disorders. People with depression seem to willingly share their struggles, while eating disorders seem to remain stubbornly in the dark shadows. The simplistic, false beliefs that a person should just "not eat as much" or "eat more" (depending upon the specific disorder) continue to be repeated relentlessly -- sometimes by even well-meaning people.

The online eating disorder landscape is complex and diverse, filled with voices of all genders, ages and cultural backgrounds. This compilation of the best eating disorder blogs for 2015 reflects the great diversity among eating disorder bloggers. Below is a series of real-life accounts, practical advice and sound wisdom.

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Psychology Around the Net: April 25, 2015


This week's Psychology Around the Net covers how to tell if you're making a good first impression, how the smell of sweat can help spread happiness (seriously), how your stress can be passed along via DNA, and more.

Want to Make a Good Impression? Try This Trick: Social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of No One Understands You and What to Do About It, says we can get better insight into how we're perceived by others by asking a close friend one simple -- yet revealing -- question.

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