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Why We Owe Carrie Fisher a Debt of Gratitude

By | 2017-02-06T11:09:05+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Bipolar Disorder|Tags: , , |

There have been many well-known people who have passed away in 2016, but one death that hit me harder than others was the death of Carrie Fisher, who passed away today, December 27th. It wasn't just Ms. Fisher's turn as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, her brilliantly written Postcards from the Edge, her hilarious portrayal [...]

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Thin Mint Addiction: Symptoms & Treatment

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:42+00:00 January 18th, 2012|Categories: Addiction, Food|Tags: , , , |

It's Girl Scout cookie time. The time when your three-week-old New Year's resolutions of watching what you eat and exercising every day go out the window. Because you know your weakness - the Thin Mint. That little circle of deliciousness has been the ruin of many a person - here's how to fight back. Signs of [...]

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Do Musicians Have a “27 Curse”?

By | 2016-10-05T06:45:48+00:00 July 23rd, 2011|Categories: Addiction, Movies/Music|Tags: , , , |

Amy Winehouse, along with Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and others, has died at the age of 27. Is there a tragic connection between being a musician and the age of 27? Does the so-called "27 Curse" really exist? Read my Psychology Today post here: Why have famous musicians died at 27?

Study: Coping with Loneliness at 45+

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:45+00:00 May 31st, 2011|Categories: Addiction, Depression/Anxiety, Relationships, Research, Sleep, Social Media, Television|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over 3,000 people in the U.S. over 45 years of age were surveyed in a study of loneliness (sponsored by AARP). The survey measured loneliness using the UCLA Loneliness Scale. Participants who scored 44 points or more were defined as "lonely", while those scoring 43 or less were defined as "not lonely". (My bullet points aren't [...]

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Earlier age at first drink = More stress-induced drinking later

By | 2016-10-05T06:45:49+00:00 March 16th, 2011|Categories: Addiction, Brain, Depression/Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

The earlier you start drinking, the more stress-induced drinking you may have later, according to a new study. The total amount of alcohol consumption was examined, and not number of "drinking days". This is because total amount of consumption is more of an indicator of stress-induced drinking. Stressful life events caused increased drinking, while normal day-to-day [...]

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Alcohol’s disruptive effects on sleep may be more pronounced among women

By | 2016-10-05T06:45:49+00:00 February 16th, 2011|Categories: Addiction, Gender, Research|Tags: , , , , , |

ScienceDaily (2011-02-15) -- Researchers have known for decades that alcohol can initially deepen sleep during the early part of the night but then disrupt sleep during the latter part of the night; this is called a "rebound effect." A new study of the influence of gender and family history of alcoholism on sleep has found that [...]

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