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Hoping you can tell me, is stealing addiction a mental health issue?

Hoping you can tell me, is stealing addiction a mental health issue?

Could be: It's impulsive problem similar to addiction . Need assesment medications and group therapy. ...Read more

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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My brother is stealing money from me to fuel his addiction. Who should I tell?

My brother is stealing money from me to fuel his addiction.  Who should I tell?

Tell parents, doctor: This is a difficult situation. For sure "enabling" your brother is not going to solve the problem. Please consider discussing it with your parents, and your brother's clinician; although the clinician may not be able to disclose your brother's medical information to you, he/she can receive an information from you. Addiction is a disease. When treated, it often responds well to therapy. ...Read more

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I compulsively steal flowers from roadside memorials, what's wrong with me?

I compulsively steal flowers from roadside memorials, what's wrong with me?

Have you : Considered seeing a psychologist to gain a better understanding of this behavior? ...Read more

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What can you do to overcome a compulsive smartphone addiction?

What can you do to overcome a compulsive smartphone addiction?

SmartPhone Addiction: Gallup poll shows half of American smartphone users "can't imagine" life without their device. Here are research-backed tips to kick the habit: 1) recognize UR problem--studies have linked phone dependency to stress, anxiety, poor cognitive performance; 2) set short-term goals & wean 1/2 hour between stealing peeks; 3) give your contacts a heads up; 4) shut it down before bed. Ref: Time,7/27/15 ...Read more

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Could using pornography 3-4 times a week be considered as compulsive or addiction?

Depends ..: A compulsion is usually a strong, irresistible impulse to perform an act, and an addiction is continued repetitive behavior despite adverse consequences. Unless your are using pornography 3-4X/week for hours on end, at inappropriate times, at the sacrifice of other important duties, or just cannot resist using it, it's not likely the case. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between compulsive overeating and a food addiction?

What is the difference between compulsive overeating and a food addiction?

An addiction to: anything, including food, is a mood-altering, compulsive behavior that occurs in response to triggers (internal or external) that are largely out of awareness. The behavior continues beyond the point of dealing with dysphoria and usually then causes harm, but the addict still won't quit. From this description, there is little difference between compulsive overeating and food addictions. ...Read more

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What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

Yes: There are many out there. This is one that i know of: http://morningsiderecovery.Com/addiction-treatment/video-games/gaming-addiction-treatment.Php. ...Read more

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Can therapy help with compulsive behavior? I cant stop cheating due to my sex addiction.Its got to the point where its everyday with multiple partners

Can therapy help with compulsive behavior? I cant stop cheating due to my sex addiction.Its got to the point where its everyday with multiple partners

Therapy can help: with sex addiction. It is important to find an experienced and qualified therapist. These treatments are based on cognitive behavioral therapy approaches and target compulsive thoughts and underlying disorders like depression and anxiety. There are also support groups and medication options. Consider touching base with a local primary care provider to explore options. I also attached an article. ...Read more

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I masturbate compulsively to porn. I know masturbation is healthy, but being addicted to porn is not! How can I overcome porn addiction? Thank You

Will & diversion ...: Congratulate for taking the first step to realize what you should do. Clinically, you have fallen victim to overindulgence & obsession in compulsively seeking sexual pleasure. To successfully overcome such, you need to make willful effort of mental diversion by not just exercising outside-in but also pushing inside-out approach. Detail? To http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter05.html & ...in the site. ...Read more

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Is binge drinking considered a compulsive or impulsive trait? I don't have an addiction as I can go without but often overindulge when I do drink.

Is binge drinking considered a compulsive or impulsive trait? I don't have an addiction as I can go without but often overindulge when I do drink.

Semantics: "Impulsive" and "Compulsive" are terms about which even experts cannot agree. Most definitions of "impulsive" entail a failure to inhibit behavior when advantageous to do so. So yours sounds more of an impulse control issue. "Addiction" is also ambiguously defined. But, I would define repeated overindulgence as a "decidedly problematic" relationship with alcohol and urge you to seek counsel. ...Read more