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How is addictive personality disorder treated?

How is addictive personality disorder treated?

With care: "addictive personality disorder" does not exist in the dsm-iv. But addiction itself is best treated in a comprehensive program involving mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual care. Some personality patterns may lead to difficulty, which can be dealt with in personal therapy. 12-step programs are also helpful in addressing common issues. The whole program is much larger than this, though. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more


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Is there any such thing as an addictive personality?

Is there any such thing as an addictive personality?

Not technically: Addictive personality is not officially a clinical term but has been used anecdotally for years. It perhaps describes the extremely high comorbidity and some predisposing factors behind addictions. ...Read more

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I have an addictive personality. How can I avoid falling into any traps?

I have an addictive personality.  How can I avoid falling into any traps?

Awareness / Control: The fact that you are already well aware of your vulnerability is very important in getting the upper hand of long issues, including addiction. Other steps to take include meeting with a counsellor or a psychologist to work out a variety of defense strategies - so that the inevitable exposures to your object of addiction can be anticipated with healthy responses. Antidepressants might be given. ...Read more

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Is there truly something known as an addictive personality?

Is there truly something known as an addictive personality?

Not really: There are psychiatric conditions, such as bipolar disorder, where substance use disorders are more common, there is really no one particular personality type associated with having addictions. That being said, a lot of people who develop addictions will develop them to a lot of things - alcohol, drugs, compulsive shopping, dangerous behaviors etc. People who are impulsive&take risks more likely. ...Read more

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Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Not exactly: There is no official diagnosis of addictive personality disorder. There are, however, personality traits and styles that increase a person's vulnerability to becoming substance dependent or developing impulse-control disorders, such as pathological gambling. Many people persist in activities they enjoy--this is not addiction. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as an addictive personality?

Addictive personalit: Sure. It is a trait that makes someone predisposed to addiction, such as substance abuse, food, gambling, exercise, pornography, work exercise addiction, or codependency. They display impulsive behaviors, nonconformity, sense of social alienation. They lack self-esteem & are very sensitive to stress. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an addictive personality for sex?

Is it possible to have an addictive personality for sex?

Sex addiction: One can use sexual behavior compulsively and repeatedly with a succession of lovers to modulate emotions, rather than to relate intimately. Behavior is out of control, despite attempts to stop it; there are adverse consequences in medical, legal, and interpersonal areas. Escalating need for sexual activity, and lots of time spent in getting this -- fantasy, pornography, cyber-sex too. ...Read more

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Can you test to see if someone has an addictive personality?

Can you test to see if someone has an addictive personality?

Not Formally: This is a term that has been around a long time but is not recognised formally in the psychiatric literature. What is often a focus of treatment and psychological testing is the precursors, history, and manifestations of addiction. There are personality factors that also predispose oneto ddeveloping an addiction. ...Read more

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Do women have a much more addictive personality than men?

Do women have a much more addictive personality than men?

See below: Scientific evidence does not support "a much more addictive personality" in women. The usual data looks at how many people (men or women) are dependent on drugs. In alcohol dependence there has been a gender gap, ie more men. But dependence is a mixture of nature and nurture so this has yet to be resolved. ...Read more

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I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

Beats me: An answer to your question requires a full medical and psychiatric history, and lots of questions about your growing up, your experiences, your reactions to those experiences. These questions need a therapist who spends the time with you and gains enough of your trust to give you some answers. Freud's oral theories really arent believed anymore. No quick answer is gonna help you. Get a referral. ...Read more

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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more


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