In a radio segment titled “Finding Help With Your ADD,” which aired on Bloomberg Radio, Dr. Sack discusses ADHD and the topic of drug therapy and young children. Dr. Sack also advises on how to evaluate children, explaining it’s not reliable to use only one test to make a diagnosis. Dr. Sack talks about how there needs to be better training for pediatricians who have limited experience so they can be better equipped to make an assessment before putting a child on medicine. Listen to the entire segment online.
In an article titled “Death From Prescription Drugs Skyrocket” featured in Union Times San Diego, Dr. Sack discusses the 254 deaths in San Diego County last year that resulted from an overdose of prescription drugs. Dr. Sack lists out and explains the three types of prescription drugs that people tend to overdose, which include Opioids, Benzodiazepines and Stimulants. Dr. Sack explains that abuse often starts once someone is prescribed a drug, and that because these drugs can be habit-forming, people can quickly spiral out of control. Dr. Sack notes that prescription drugs are seen as providing an exceptional high while being both ‘safer’ than street drugs and easier to find, but in reality, these drugs aren’t safer at all. Read the entire article online.
In an article titled “Taking a Wide View of Domestic Violence” featured in the life section of Hitched Magazine, Dr. Sack responds to the recent NFL allegations and discusses the grim reality of domestic abuse in on our culture. Dr. Sack includes information on the link to future abuse and how someone could become violent, and also explains why it’s difficult for one to leave their abuser and provides ways to help and support someone who is being abused. Read the entire article online.
In an article titled “There’s Nothing Weird About Being A Comic Con Geek” featured on The Huffington Post, Dr. Sack talks about why people are drawn to this type of event and explores whether or not it qualifies as an obsession. “An interest in sci-fi characters can be a healthy thing if used as a way of mini-breaks from reality — ones that leave us more refreshed to return to it,” Dr. Sack says. Dr. Sack also talks about how playing dress-up at Comic Con can provide key psychological benefits and even help some maintain their self-confidence. “Play has been shown to lower stress and anxiety, improve problem-solving, and make out relationships better,” Dr. Sack says. Read the entire article online.
In Healthline News, Dr. Sack discusses how teens and young adults are more likely to use pot to cope with negative emotions rather than using pot to get high. Dr. Sack explains that when looking at the effects of chronic use of marijuana in late adolescents and young adults, you see chronic anxiety, emotional blunting and loss of motivation. Dr. Sack explains that part of the problem is that when young adults start using drugs their mood problems are exacerbated. Dr. Sack also states that 70 percent of teens who are admitted to treatment for drugs and alcohol had a pre-existing emotional problem — either ADD, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, depression, or bipolar disorder. Read the entire article online.
In Health.com’s News & Views, Dr. talks about the effects cocaine can have on the body, including how cocaine can cause brain bleeds, heart stoppages, long-term neurological damage and how the dangerous drug can even make your nose collapse. Dr. Sack is credited as an addiction medicine expert and the CEO of Promises Treatment Centers based in Malibu, California. Read the entire article online.
In ESPN’s “New York Sports and Beyond” segment, Dr. Sack spoke about domestic violence issues among NFL athletes and society as a whole. Dr. Sack explained why partner violence occurs as well as its origins, noting that it often stems from an abusive family history. Dr. Sack also talked about warning signs to be on the lookout for and gave advice on how to help family and friends that may be in a violent relationship. Dr. Sack explained that increased education and communication holds the key to raising awareness for domestic violence, as well as better preparing people for what can happen in an unhealthy relationship. Listen to the interview online, or click below.
In their Health Matters section of Max Sports and Fitness Magazine, Dr. Sack discusses the signs and prevalence of adult ADHD. Dr. Sack explains that people with ADHD are less successful than their intelligence would predict and says that most adults with ADHD have problems getting work done on time and forgetfullness. Dr. Sack is also included in the “Tips for Coping with Adult ADHD” section of the article, where he suggests choosing your career wisely as well as seeing a therapist. Read the entire article online.
In “Choose the right addiction therapy program to ensure recovery” in the Health & Wellness and Addictions section on ExpertBeacon.com Dr. Sack discusses how to choose an addiction treatment center that’s right for you. Dr. Sack suggests finding a treatment program that’s tailored for your needs and says, “doing your research and spending some time honestly assessing your issues and needs will boost your chances for a successful addiction therapy experience.” Read the rest of Dr. Sack’s advice on choosing an addiction treatment program online.
In “The Power of Positive Thinking: How to Train Your Brain to Be Happier About Saving” on LearnVest.com, Dr. Sack discusses whether you can rewire your brain to feel rewards from saving money rather than spending. Dr. Sack explains that studies suggest about 30% of someone’s impulsivity may be attributed to genetics and that impulsivity goes hand-in-hand with addiction issues. Read the entire article here.