Online Mental Health Resources that Charge a Fee – Threat or Resource? recently stumbled across two interesting websites that provide a wide range of resources for people interested in improving their mental health.  See Optimize with Brian Johnson and Open Forest. Both sites offer a wide variety of information about both specific mental health problems and general resources for improving, or even “optimizing” a person’s mental health functioning.

The Potential of Psychotherapy to Undo Changes Addiction Makes to the Brain

Contributed by Sharon Therien, freelance writer and blogger at  Addiction creates many changes to the brain, affecting pleasure and reward, decision-making and other brain functions. Changes to the reward center is one of the major ways consistent drug use affects the brain. Drug use leads to sudden drastic increases of the brain chemical dopamine, and the brain reacts by making less dopamine regularly or adjusting how many dopamine receptors are available. When the brain makes these changes, the person now finds it extremely hard to feel pleasure without taking an addictive substance, so he or she continues using the drug

Addiction and Mental Illness: The Connection, and Coping Resources

This article was written by a guest contributor to the psychology healthcare newsletter, Jennifer McGregor.  Jennifer is a medial student and contributor to, a new website that provides resources for medical students and the public interested in progressive healthcare resources.  People who struggle with mental illness are much more likely to experience an addiction than those without mental illness. Similarly, people with an addiction are more likely to develop either the symptoms of a mental illness or a fully established mental illness. Coping when you are handling both a mental illness and addiction is never easy and can

Therapeutic Assessment as a developmentally helpful resource for teens

Minnesota psychologists Michael Troy, PhD, and Julie Robinson, PhD, had their article “A Developmental Perspective on Therapeutic Assessment” published in the current issue of the online newsletter The TA Connection (update – online access to the article has been removed)  The authors, coming from a background of developmental and neurodevelopmental psychology, describe how they have found TA to be helpful for a variety of reasons, including the ability to incorporate attachment theory, developmental neurobiology, and developmental psychology into the assessment process.