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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What's multidimensional family therapy for addiction?

What's multidimensional family therapy for addiction?

Multidimensional : Multidimensional family therapy (mdft) is a comprehensive, family-based outpatient or partial hospitalization (day treatment) program for substance-abusing adolescents. Both the teen and family develop more effective coping and problem-solving skills for better decision-making. It helps the family improve its functioning -- a protective factor against substance abuse & related problems. ...Read more

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Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

All the same: Addiction to anything means that you are not getting the most out of life and your relationships with family and friends. Limit your time on these things and make your life and relationships your priorty. On your deathbed you will remember the people in your life; not the hours you spent playing world of warcraft. ...Read more

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Are cigarettes a mental or physical addiction?

Are cigarettes a mental or physical addiction?

BOTH!!: I agree that cigarette smoking is most like both mental and physical in its addiction but sometimes can be more mental. For instance in someone that smokes 5 or less cigarettes a day, the addiction is more psychological. Nevertheless, it is all or none when you smoke. No such thing as a "casual" smoker. Try to quit or do not ever start. ...Read more

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How to overcome an internet pornography addiction?

How to overcome an internet pornography addiction?

Sex addiction: Sex addiction takes many forms. Preoccupation with porn is not "just what guys do, " that is a form of denial. There are groups for both the sex addict and for partners as well. There is saa (sexaa.Org) for sex addicts, and cosa (cosa-recovery.Org) for their partners. ...Read more

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How can we conduct thorough breast self exam?

How can we conduct thorough breast self exam?

Focus on our normal : Focus on learning what's normal for you and your body. Then if there's something different or drawing your attention particularly if it's persistent then contact your doctor and let them evaluate. ...Read more

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Is internet addiction as bad addiction to television?

Addiction= disease: Neither are bad, they are both diseases. The principles of recovery are the same for both. Consider finding a mutual support group for either addiction. ...Read more

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Are there good psychology books on depression caused by internet addiction?

Are there good psychology books on depression caused by internet addiction?

Yes but : The depression is secondary to the addiction- treat the addiction first then reassess whether depressed feelings continue to persist. See a professional who specializes in addiction. You are not likely to get the help you need from just reading a book! self help is fine , like 12 step programs , but seeking help is the first step... ...Read more

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Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Yes: In my experirnce the right program which encompass not only the addiction problem but also the aftercare have tremendous results. One such program is the clarity program out of farmingtom, mi. Great, dedicated people with a caring, confidential, and patented approach to get your life back! ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound substitute pelvic exams? I have a phobia of pelvic exams becz of previous sexual abuse?

Can an ultrasound substitute pelvic exams? I have a phobia of pelvic exams becz of previous sexual abuse?

No but U/S can help: Sorry to hear about your abuse. Hopefully you getting help to help heal from that. An ultrasound can be an adjuvant to pelvic exam but shouldn't replace it. Maybe ask your family, friends, colleagues if they know of a compassionate, gentle physician/practitioner who can perform the exam. Discuss it first also with whatever practioner before hand so they know the situation and can help you through ...Read more

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Could antidepressants be addictive/do people abuse office visits to get them?

Could antidepressants be addictive/do people abuse office visits to get them?

Depends: It depends on the antidepressant--some do give people feelings of euphoria that is strong enough for a patient to develop an "addiction"--to make someone lie to his or her physician and abuse office visits to get them. I would think this is relatively rare, though. Especially compared to the abuse we see in regards to pain medications, add (adderall) and anti-anxiety medications, like xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Childhood emotional abuse trauma+susceptibility to addiction, what to do?

Childhood emotional abuse trauma+susceptibility to addiction, what to do?

Find a therapist: And work on all the emotional abuse you were exposed to. Make sure trauma is an area they specialize in. Ask about emdr since it can help sipped up the process, but be ready to work in therapy for a considerable amount of time. ...Read more

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Physical sports exam for college - what will they be doing?

Physical sports exam for college - what will they be doing?

Depends on school: Usually it involves a basic physical exam, they look for things that may put you in danger of injury while competing in competitive sports. Depending on the school they may ask the athlete to submit to a drug screen as well, but this really depends on the college. Very few schools have added ekg, blood work and other tests to their screen, but this is rare. Your athletics dept can tell you more. ...Read more

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Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read more

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Can a psychiatrist diagnose a bipolar disorder without any lab tests or a physical exam?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Can a psychiatrist diagnose a bipolar disorder without any lab tests or a physical exam?

Bipolar Dx: Good history-taking, to include family history, mental status exam, and mood disorder rating scales. ...Read more

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Do family doctors include a pelvic exam/pap during physicals?

Do family doctors include a pelvic exam/pap during physicals?

Many do, some dont: Board certified family docs are trained to do pap smears and pelvic exams during their residency training. Some choose to offer that service once they get into private practice, some choose not to. The same applies to many procedures including obstetrics, office surgery etc. ...Read more

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Dr. James Marx Dr. Marx
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What causes addiction?

Dr. James Marx Dr. Marx
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What causes addiction?

"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm.. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read more

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