Addiction http://nhpr.org en This Is Your Brain On Caffeine http://nhpr.org/post/your-brain-caffeine-0 <p>In 1994, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2012/08/21/caffeine-the-silent-killer-of-emotional-intelligence/">confirmed </a>what anybody who’s tried to give up coffee suspected: caffeine is chemically addictive. It’s also the world’s most popular psychoactive drug… 80% of American adults consume it in some form. Withdrawal symptoms from caffeine are so dreadful that they are cited as a <a href="http://www.policymic.com/articles/45897/caffeine-withdrawal-dsm-5-declares-it-a-mental-disorder">mental disorder</a> in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.</p><p>Here to <a href="http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/08/this-is-how-your-brain-becomes-addicted-to-caffeine/">unpack the chemical effect</a> that caffeine can have on the human brain is <strong>Joseph Stromberg, </strong>journalist and science writer based in Washington, D.C. His work has been featured in <em>Smithsonian Magazine</em> and <em>Slate.</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:27:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34054 at http://nhpr.org This Is Your Brain On Caffeine A Year Of Living Internet-Free http://nhpr.org/post/year-living-internet-free <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2012/10/02/the-new-mental-health-disorder-internet-addiction/">“Internet Addiction Disorder”</a> is a disputed diagnosis in academic and mental health circles, but just try going a day without your daily habit of checking email, the news, weather, sports, recipes, and Facebook, and you may find yourself jonesing for access.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 14:31:25 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26920 at http://nhpr.org A Year Of Living Internet-Free Augusten Burroughs http://nhpr.org/post/augusten-burroughs <p>It's <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/04/23/augusten_burroughs_what_did_normal_people_do_when_they_stopped_drinking/">been ten years </a>since <strong><a href="http://www.augusten.com/">Augusten Burroughs</a>' </strong>memoir <em>Dry</em> was published. In that decade, the author of <em>Running With Scissors</em> has gotten married, stayed sober, and written a self-help book, <em>This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't, </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/This-How-Surviving-What-Think/dp/1250032105/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1367849163&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=augusten+burroughs">now out</a> in paperback.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 14:10:57 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26916 at http://nhpr.org Augusten Burroughs