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If You Believe These Addiction Myths, You Are Part of the Problem

Hyper-vigilant finger-pointing creates a culture that makes it hard for people to recover from addiction and reenter society without the permanent stigma of addiction hanging over their heads.
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We Need a Focus on Mental Health, Not Just Violence in Schools

The more we focus on mental health as a cause of violence — a conclusion not supported by any current medical evidence — the more we alienate the victims and everyday people who rely on mental health support services.
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Who Really is the Enemy of the People?

HIstory (from Nero on) teaches us that we should be alarmed about President Trump's escalating rhetoric about the media being the enemy of the people.
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Adult ADHD? Here are 6 Coping Strategies That Actually Help

Older individuals with ADHD are challenged because they're expected to have gained control over their behaviors. Here are 6 coping strategies that actually help.
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Want to Know Why You Procrastinate?

Research on consumer behavior provides useful insights into why we procrastinate but what to do about depends on what you do with the information.
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Why Existential Coaching Could Help People at the End-of-Life

Existential coaching in end-of-life conversations may allow people to die with dignity with some relief from existential angst in their final moments
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What is the Science Behind the Spread of Fake News?

We can learn a lot from science about the spread of fake news but what can we do to stop its dissemination and repair the damage?
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Double-Trouble: Why Dual-Diagnosis Matters in Addiction Treatment

Research clearly shows that the most effective treatment for dual-diagnosis is psychotherapy combined with medication-assisted therapy for addiction. In some cases, mental & addiction symptoms may respond to the same medications (eg, bupropion shows promise in treating depression & reducing methamphetamine cravings).
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What Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.
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How Memories Can Be Modified and Manipulated

Our memories may not be truly our own. They're subject to social influences, some positive (they correct factual errors and omissions) and some negative (they manipulate the memory of facts to conform to the "accepted" version regardless of veracity). This is not just an exercise in theoretical psychology, it has important social implications.
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A 13-Year-Old’s Perspective on How to Stem Violence in the World

Our thoughts have the ability to make us well or make us unwell. Science has shown that yoga, meditation, and mindfulness can assist in the healing process and that our minds can control our bodies. It is more important than ever to teach kids the skills they need to cope with emotions in a better way.
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Is Technology Good or Bad for Mental Health?

Some people suggest that the web’s most popular tools may be causing us more harm than good and that those technologies are taking a toll on the mental and physical well-being of millions of Americans. But what about the demonstrable good that comes from the use of digital mental health and other technologies?

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