“Overcoming Tribalism” AND More on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

Hello everyone! Welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin!

1) Overcoming Tribalism

Are humans destined to hate each other? You might think so, given the current tribal passions that sharply divide the country. Whether it’s our political affiliation, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, racial or ethnic background, it’s hard to think of a time in recent memory when we have been so pitted against each other.

Well, I have some good news: there is nothing inevitable or hardwired about our specific prejudices or biases. In fact, recent neuroscience research suggests that tribalism is, to a great extent, socially constructed and that there is much that we can do as clinicians to combat the forces that divide us—and our patients.

2) Evidence Based Information on Cannabis Use

The purpose of this page is to provide you with easy access to information about cannabis that you can use to educate yourself regarding its recreational use.

Below you will find four different sections which contain links to online resources chosen by our team and our expert consultants as sources of best available evidence-based information about cannabis. Links to resources in each of the sections have been selected for the specified audience, but anyone can go to any link for more information. We have also developed four infographics which contain helpful information and answer questions each of the groups outlined below may have.

3) The Betel Nut and DSM-5: What is a Substance Use Disorder?

The specific purpose of the editorial is to evaluate whether “Betel Use Disorder” is an appropriate addition to DSM-5. Its more general goal is to consider what defines substance use disorders. And, by implication, the editorial raises the even broader, and more important, issue of what limits should be placed on the future expansion of DSM mental disorders.

4) Solving America’s painkiller paradox

Here’s how to fix America’s painkiller problem — without leaving pain patients behind.

5) Avatar-Guided VR Therapy for Fear of Heights Shows Promise

Exposure-based behavioral therapies—which involve patients facing their fears—are known to be effective at reducing anxiety, but they can be discomforting to patients. With virtual reality (VR), these fearful environments can be experienced in a safe and controlled setting.

Thank you for your time and see you tomorrow for articles. Good night!

Best Regards,

Vikram


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