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No fast fix: My colleague's advice to attend a 12 step group is very good. Your physician can offer medication that in low doses may abolish the craving. I would also urge you to think of the people who love you, and who you love. Compulsive gambling is one of the most common factors leading to suicide. Think of how much you have to live for. Let love give you strength to do what you must in overcoming this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.
Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more
Yes: Dr. Fowler's advice is very good. Of all the addictions, this is the one that's most likely to lead to suicide. Just experimenting with gambling usually does not lead to disaster -- but who wants to mess with it? You certain to lose your money in the long run. Why not spend it on something meaningful? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Behavioral Analysis: They rely on applied behavioral analysis (aba), which is based on the theory of behaviorism. The principle of reinforcement is one of the most important aspects of aba. For example, if a behavior is followed closely in time by an event ("stimulus") and this results in an increase in the future frequency of that behavior, the event or stimulus is a positive reinforcer. This is a bit like a reward. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Destroy their lives?: Like any other serious addiction gambling has destroyed people, making them lose their jobs, break their families and make them destitute. Recent research suggests that the brain in these people is wired differently?! intelligent people would recognize their weakness and avoid getting involved. ...Read more
Cutting: Meds and therapy together are your best bet. Get a psychiatric evaluation for what ails you, and what cutting means to you as well as anything else that may be going on. Then get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist to help with the emotional issues behind cutting. Do it today. ...Read more
Variable effects: There are many possible outcomes from child abuse & neglect. The most tragic is when the same things are perpetrated upon children. It can cause severe anxiety, depression, flashbacks, dissociation, trouble with trust & boundaries, drug & alcohol abuse, & suicide attempts. It can also lead to perfectionism and high achievement. With treatment, the person can heal and enjoy a fulfilling life. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Controversial: There are some people who believe that 12-step programs can resemble a "cult" process. However, most professionals in this field definitely do not believe this, and having met tens of thousands of people in aa and na, I do not believe that this is true either. People who benefit from meetings go to more meetings, and get more out of it. Addiction implies it does harm- in most folks it does good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?
You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more
Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...Read more
Cold turkey: You need to stop visiting porn sites immediately and completely. You have already made a good start by recognizing that your behavior is a problem. Try to find something else you enjoy that keeps you active, e.g., going hiking, playing an instrument, gardening, being at the beach, playing chess etc. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer