Losing Control: How Addiction Transforms the Brain

By Martha McLaughlin The understanding that addiction is associated with changes in the brain was slow to come. For years, researchers were only able to examine brains after people had died, and they couldn’t see obvious differences between those who’d suffered from addiction and those who hadn’t. Fortunately, research tools have improved considerably, and we…

Male Friendship: An Investment in Mental Health and Wellbeing

By Melissa Riddle Chalos When it comes to friendship — and maintaining those relationships over time — men are certainly the more disadvantaged of the sexes. Generally speaking, women tend to nurture friendships over great distance and time with seemingly little effort. But for men, it can be difficult to do. We’ll get to why…

Five Myths (and Five Facts) About PTSD

By Kathryn Taylor Millán, M.A., LPC/MHSP While all people are susceptible to the effects of trauma, conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder are often discussed without clear definitions or explanations. As with many other mental health concerns, people often guess which trauma reactions are normal or abnormal. Myths about trauma abound, but…

How Can Food Affect Your Mood?

By Cindy Coloma It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, the kind that slips into your winter schedule when you’re not expecting it. This kind of day commands you to lounge around in your jammies with fluffy socks and bedhead and exactly zero guilt. You scroll through the Netflix menu, looking for something good to watch. Shuffling…