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Addiction May Be as Simple as ‘One-Shot Learning’ Gone Terribly Awry

Groundbreaking research by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists regarding how the brain learns quickly—a process called “one-shot learning”—has turned up insights that may help further explain addiction and dual diagnoses and how treatment can help. “One-shot learning,” as opposed to more gradual, incremental learning over time, happens when we immediately associate a specific stimulus …

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What 11 Now-Sober Celebrities Want You to Know About Addiction

Glance at the magazines in any supermarket checkout line, and it can sometimes seem as though every celebrity is struggling with drugs or alcohol. In reality, addiction is just as likely to touch the lives of the ordinary as it is the famous. The only difference is the famous are sure to have a global …

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You Can Break Free From the Self-Destructive Dance of Love Addiction

Does it seem like the same thing keeps happening to you in all your relationships? Does your heart get repeatedly broken? When you are a love addict, your relationship is almost always the most important thing in your life. When it’s good, it feels really good. But frequently your relationships are unfulfilling, disappointing and maybe …

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Survivor’s Guilt Can Increase Risks for PTSD

New evidence from an American research team indicates that people who feel guilty in the aftermath of highly traumatic situations may have increased odds of developing PTSD. Some people who live through dangerous or potentially fatal situations experience feelings known collectively as survivor’s guilt or post-traumatic guilt. In a study published in April 2015 in …

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6 Warning Signs of Mood Disorders in Women

Mood disorders are far more than “feeling blue” or out of sorts. They can deeply impact an individual’s ability to live a fulfilling life. Women are especially vulnerable and suffer from mood disorders at greater rates than men. It is not clear exactly why women suffer from mood disorders at double the rate of men. …

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Vaping … Flakka? What Every Parent Should Know About the Latest S. Florida Teen Trends

E-cigarettes, or vaporizer pens, now have a thriving, growing and vulnerable new market here in Broward County and greater South Florida. Teens looking to experiment with drugs are increasingly using these battery-operated devices, often touted as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, to vape synthetic substances like flakka (an amphetamine-like drug similar to bath salts) …

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Is Anxiety Holding You Captive?

You receive a memo from your supervisor that you’re to update a group of managers on a project, and you have only a few days to prepare. The thought of standing before the group makes your head spin, your heart beat out a staccato rhythm and your palms sweat. You want to a dive under …

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