Jason Cohen, Psy.D, M.A.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Jason Cohen, Psy.D., M.A., and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in San Luis Obispo,CA. I hope you find this information educational, helpful, and/or interesting. If there is a specfic area you would like me to address or you have a question, do not hesitate to contact me. In addressing your questions, I will be sure to word responses in a way to maintain your privacy. You are also encouraged to post a comment.  

*Please note that topics presented and discussions occuring within this blog: 1) are of a general nature and therefore may have limited relevance to specific situations, 2) do not constitute a professional relationship between Dr. Cohen and those reading blog material or posting comments, and 3) should not substitute consultation with a mental health professional.


FEB 19

Methamphetamine: The Austin Powers’ Smile…Yeah Baby!!

posted by Dr. Cohen on February 19, 2013 0:01 as Drugs

Unlike the Austin Powers movies, there nothing funny about methamphetamine addiction. The euphoric rush following orally ingesting, snorting, smoking, or injecting the drug, makes the initially (and relatively) inexpensive, easy to find, intoxicant hard to resist and highly addictive. Few drugs of abuse result in such a rapid and physically apparent deterioration of a once functional individual.

One such ill effect, "meth mouth”, refers to the common occurrence of dental issues ranging from a graying of the teeth to multiple missing, fractured and decayed teeth. Caustic chemicals used in producing the drug where once thought to be the culprit. Research (e.g., Shetty et al., 2010) would suggest otherwise. More specifically, IV users, as opposed to those who smoke meth which would allow the drug direct contact with teeth, appear to present with more significant dental issues.

So what’s the cause? Well, like most things, it is ...



Cheat This, Not That: Hypocrisy, Ethics and Performance Enhancement

posted by Dr. Cohen on January 06, 2013 2:07 as Drugs

Cheat This, Not That: Hypocrisy, Ethics and Performance Enhancement

Anabolic steroids demonized while Viagra, Adderall and breast implants gain societal acceptance.

Those of us who have spent our careers studying substance use (note we do not assume that all use is disordered) and/or working with, in various capacities, those who engage in non-medical use of androgenic/anabolic steroids (AAS) have long ceased being surprised at the degree of bias in both the media and scientific communities against AAS and users of AAS. The agenda pressed by many in both venues has had the direct effect, whether purposeful or not, of casting those who use AAS in a negative light. Hence, the general message to the public is that such users are narcissists with an "Adonis Complex” andmuscle dysmorphia (in fact, so are all bodybuilders and anyone ...


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“Herbal incense”, “potpourri”, or synthetic marijuana

posted by Dr. Cohen on October 03, 2012 19:00 as Drugs

In the 1970s and early 1980s, PCP use was on the rise. In search of "building a better mouse trap”, increased profit margins, chemist errors, and who knows what else, at least 30 additional drugs similar in structure to PCP were produced and sold. In the 1990s, an analogue of GHB (i.e., 1, 4-B) was sold over the counter. The manufacturer of the product was not selling the consumer GHB, but rather a product that was metabolized into GHB by your liver. The court ruled that 1,4-B was an analogue of GHB and therefore considered a Scheduled drug. More recently, bodybuilding supplements sold in stores were deemed analogues of anabolic steroids and pulled from shelves. The concept of altering the fingerprint of an illicit substance so it can be sold legally is not new and was the purpose of the Analogue Act.

Enter synthetic weed…I mean "herbal incense” or ...


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AUG 21

ADHD & Ritalin

posted by Dr. Cohen on August 21, 2012 16:56 as Drugs

I thought this was a good article on ADHD, ritalin, and the dangers of myopic views of normal vs. abnormal development.

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