Mental Health Month: Addiction (Part 2) – Why Do We Stay Addicted?

In Part 1 we learned how we are all vulnerable to addiction when we choose unhealthy strategies to meet valid needs, and how habituation, tolerance, and withdrawal reinforce behaviors that we otherwise should know to avoid. But why don’t we know better? It’s because many addictions actually do help us meet our needs in the short term and…

Mental Health Month: Needing Your Full Attention – Part 1

During my four years of residency in Psychiatry, it was pretty rare for me to come across an adult with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) so I understand the skepticism that some people have (including some mental health professionals) regarding the validity of ADHD. The skeptics have a perspective that ADHD is a manufactured condition…