World of Psychology

Sen. Grassley Questions More Nonprofits

We can't help but note that the other shoe dropped on nonprofit agencies (as we predicted back in April) and their lack of disclosure and transparency about their funding sources. Will anybody really be surprised to find that 50% or more of many of these organization's budgets come directly or indirectly from a pharmaceutical company?

The list of organizations that Sen. Grassley sent a letter to is even more extensive this time around and, while including big organizations like the American Cancer Society, the...
Brain and Behavior

Christmas Lights Addiction, 2009

Five years ago, I covered something called Christmas lighting addiction in our then-fledgling newsletter. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek, because I'm not a big believer of most addictive behaviors. Christmas lights? I mean, c'

But as I guess with anything in life, you can go overboard with decorating your house in Christmas lights.

Adorning one's tree (and eventually one's house) as a holiday tradition dates back to the early 20th...
Brain and Behavior

8 Reasons Women Stay in Painful Relationships

Why would a woman stay in a relationship with a guy who puts her down, hems her in, and perhaps even physically abuses her? Why would a woman hold down two jobs to keep the rent paid and food on the table while her boyfriend sits around smoking weed all day? Why oh why would a woman allow herself to be emotionally blackmailed by...

9 Holiday Depression Busters

My "9 Holiday Depression Busters" are featured in a Beliefnet gallery. You can get to it by clicking here.

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year--but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays. So let's be honest. The holidays are packed with stress, and therefore provoke tons of depression and anxiety. But there is hope. Whether I'm fretting about something as trite as stocking stuffers or as complicated...
Brain and Behavior

Perhaps Why Tiger Woods Cheats

While more details of the Tiger Woods scandal continuing to emerge, the inevitable question arises -- Why would such a successful, attractive man cheat on his wife and family? Why, in general, do men -- and women -- cheat? And why would Tiger Woods, one of the most successful professional golfers of all time, cheat on his wife, Elin Nordegren?

Psychological research has examined this question and has a...

10 Reasons I Quit Smoking

You're almost there. You want to quit. In fact, 80 percent of your brain is sure you can. But 20 percent insists that you can't. How do you make it over to the other side without falling SPLAT on your face?

Do this. Make a list. Of ten reasons you should quit.

Here's mine.

1. Smoking Made Me Sick

For real. Within a few minutes of inhaling a few cigarettes, my throat would start to tickle and my head would...

When Antidepressants Fail to Work: Brain-Stimulating Techniques

Let's talk about the huge elephant in the living room of most homes of people who suffer from depression: the fear of treatment resistant depression. What if antidepressant medications fail to work? Are you totally screwed? Confined to a life flipping burgers, not that anything is wrong with that?

News and World Report ran an intriguing article last month, "Chronically Depressed? What to Do When Antidepressants Don't Work." Reporter Sarah Baldauf discussed several brain stimulating...

Consumer Reports on Antidepressants

Consumer Reports, the consumer magazine that reviews common products like refrigerators and vacuum cleaners and rates them, also dabbles in trying to educate consumers in other areas, like health. Earlier this week, they published a review article on the effectiveness of the commonly-prescribed class of medications for depression, antidepressants.

The impetus for this article was apparently the Olfson (2009) Archives of General Psychiatry study that examined data from household surveys....

Mental Health Parity Loopholes

While the national mental health parity law takes effect on January 1, 2010, it does not trump existing state laws that mandate that mental disorder diagnoses are treated and covered equally as their physical health brethren. If you are covered by health insurance, come January 1, your mental health treatment cannot be any more limited than your physical health coverage. California is one such state that has had such a mental health...
Brain and Behavior

Believe in You

What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror? Do you feel confident or do you shrink away from it as soon as you can? Do you experience positive or neutral self-talk or do you start to notice doubt whispering or screaming at you? How you answer those questions helps to determine how you feel about yourself. The key to confidence is believing in you.