Behavioral Addictions and Compulsions
Self-injury Awareness Month: Autistic children hospitalized with self-injurious behavior have low IQs, finds study
03-26   Self-injury Awareness Month: Autistic children hospitalized with self-injurious behavior have low IQs, finds study

  Self-injury Awareness Month: Autistic children hospitalized with self-injurious behavior have low IQs, finds study Children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an elevated risk of engaging in self-injurious behavior (SIB). However, limited knowledge exists regarding the risk factors associated with the prevalence of self-injury among children with ASD who need to be […]

Technology ‘hijacking our minds and society’, warn tech experts
02-19   Technology ‘hijacking our minds and society’, warn tech experts

With technology becoming an overwhelming part of everyday lives, there are growing concerns regarding its impact on behavioral health and well-being, especially among youngsters. Recent efforts to highlight such concerns are not coming from parents, educators or psychologists but from former employees, senior executives and investors who were instrumental in building/founding some of the world’s […]

Brain anatomy and genetic predisposition are similar in serial killers and drug addicts
06-29   Brain anatomy and genetic predisposition are similar in serial killers and drug addicts

“I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don’t know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think […]

Navigating the minefield of Minecraft addiction
06-10   Navigating the minefield of Minecraft addiction

Minecraft is a game that has grown exponentially in popularity since its development by self-taught Swedish computer programmer Markus Persson in 2009. Originally intended as a computer game, it is also available for use on smartphones, tablets and game consoles. Minecraft has over 100 million registered users and more than 42 million video tutorials and […]

The dangers of using self-harm as a coping mechanism
04-28   The dangers of using self-harm as a coping mechanism

Self-harm is one of the most misunderstood epidemics among teenagers today. Teenagers are often stereotyped as moody, emotional and overly dramatic, which only trivializes their pain. It is hard for some adults to understand the hardships facing teens today, but life’s stressors and pressure from both academics and a teenager’s social life can often be […]

Technological devices promote compulsive behavior, adversely impact teen health
09-12   Technological devices promote compulsive behavior, adversely impact teen health

We are bombarded by media more than ever in this day and age, with screens put in front of us in cars, restaurants and even gas stations. Although we are all guilty of giving our time and attention to a glass screen at some point in the day, adolescents are especially susceptible to the influence […]

Is retail therapy effective?
08-29   Is retail therapy effective?

Retail therapy is considered by many experts to be a wasteful and ineffective method of coping with depression and anxiety. Although there are definitely more efficient and less financially devastating ways to deal with negative emotions, retail therapy can nevertheless be an effective form of self-treatment. In addition to reducing sadness, some studies have found […]

Does video game violence reduce prejudice?
08-25   Does video game violence reduce prejudice?

Video game violence has been a subject of contention over the years, being blamed for tragedies such as the 2011 Norway mass-shootings and exacerbating violent behavior in young adults. Although it seems easy enough to believe that spending large amounts of time killing other people in a realistic virtual environment would make it easier for […]

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