Confession: The Only Way to End an Addiction for Good?

Confession. Who needs it? Criminals admitting their crimes to police? Children caught with their hand in the cookie jar? Congregants talking to their priest? How about confession for those suffering from an addiction? It’s what Dr. Carl Hart, chair of the department of psychology at Columbia University, thinks. His view of addiction focuses less on the […]

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Enough Therapy . . . Already!

Popular misconceptions reinforce the belief that therapy is about resting on a couch and talking about one’s problems, according to Jonathan Alpert, a New York psychotherapist and author of Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days. “So that’s what patients often do,” Alpert said, adding that this just as often this leads to codependence. […]

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The Beginnings of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wendell used to be vibrant and healthy, sharp as a tack with anyone he met. He could answer any question you threw at him, and he loved to laugh. His chuckling would resonate throughout the room. When he was much younger, Wendell could easily count backwards from 100, by sevens. Once, to the amazement of […]

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Regular Exercise Can Change the Brain

In case you’re wondering, plenty of good reasons to be physically active exist. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better. Here’s another one, which especially applies to those of us experiencing the brain […]

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What Causes OCD in Adolescents: Part 2

In Part 1 of “What Causes OCD in Adolescents?” author Michael Angelo, MSJ, LCPC, examined the reasons behind obsessive compulsive disorder and also looked at the prevalence of OCD in children as young as 4 years old. In Part 2, he discusses the growing evidence that a specific form of childhood OCD might actually be […]

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What Causes OCD in Adolescents: Part 1

Obsessive compulsive disorder is the “drama” found on episodic television, where the antics of idiosyncratic characters like Adrian Monk display bizarre behavior that makes for good ratings. He adjusts crooked pictures on the wall; touches each parking meter twice as he walks down the street; brushes each tooth 32 times before going to bed; and […]

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Ecstasy for PTSD?

Imagine using a hallucinogenic drug—an ecstasy-like compound known as MDMA—to treat individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It sounds a little far-fetched to many psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists. But others in the profession are willing to suspend judgment to see what the future holds for MDMA, which promotes the release of oxytocin and prolactin—hormones […]

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