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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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Gaming addiction, am a dealer. Are there some serious problems here?

Gaming addiction, am a dealer. Are there some serious problems here?

Perhaps.: Consider attending a meeting of gamblers anonymous. Being a dealer need not be an insurmountable obstacle. Bartenders have successfully recovered from alcoholism! ...Read more

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What can I do if my brothers have serious gaming addiction, what do you think I should do?

What can I do if my brothers have serious gaming addiction, what do you think I should do?

See a professional.: You may recommend him to see a psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation, and a neurologist for a neurological evaluation. Several brain disorders could present as gambling addition. ...Read more

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Can I overcome a gaming addiction on my own?

Can I overcome a gaming addiction on my own?

Very difficult: This would be very difficult to do by yourself. Working with online gamers anonymous might be more helpful: http://www.Olganon.Org/ there would at least be some support for you, as well as a process of recovery. You might consider seeing a psychiatrist as well, to check for any other conditions that might sabotage your recovery. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I treat my computer gaming addiction?

How can I treat my computer gaming addiction?

GA: Gamblers anonymous is a great organization based on the 12 steps. It is free and anonymous. Seeking professional behavioral health assistance would also be beneficial. ...Read more

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What would you do to get rid of a gaming addiction--help?

What would you do to get rid of a gaming addiction--help?

Get help: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/gambling_addiction.php this is a great site for reference. Go to gambler's annonymous meetings. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of food addiction?

What are the symptoms of food addiction?

Not yet agreed upon: Since food addiction is not yet officially recognized, diagnostic criteria have not been agreed upon. It was acknowledged in the most recent version of the DSM, which basically means it was agreed that the condition warrants further study. You might find the following website helpful: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/binge-eating-disorder/mental-health-food-addiction. Best ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of addiction to pain medication?

You Change......: Addiction is a psych diagnosis. It sounds like physical dependence to a drug, but it goes a big step further. Example: you go to a friend's (relative, neighbor, total stranger, you don't care) house and use the bathroom. You look through their medicine cabinet and take a bit of whatever you want. Physical dependence is when you go through withdrawls when you suddenly stop a medicine. Big diff. ...Read more

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What symptom of addiction is characterized by excessive preoccupation with the behavior?

That IS one of: the symptoms of addiction. Among others is a compulsion to act on the addictive urge(s). Then there are the consequences, which vary depending upon what type of addiction (gambling, alcohol, sex, internet, food and drugs are the big six). Look for triggers and cues to set up the addictive reflex (the automatic urge to act out). Go to an addictionologist or psychologist. ...Read more

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What are physical symptoms when tolerance builds up to a benzo...Not referring to addiction?

What are physical symptoms when tolerance builds up to a benzo...Not referring to addiction?

Tolerance: Tolerance in benzodiazepines simply means that you gradually need higher doses to create the same effect. Even when used as prescribed, benzos have this property -- which differs from "addiction." addiction implies a behavioral pattern of focusing life on using the substance(s) as well as obtaining more. One can become habituated and tolerant of a medication without being "addicted.". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sex addiction?

What are the symptoms of sex addiction?

Sex Addiction?: Not everyone considers "sex addiction" a useful diagnosis, in the first place. Read Dr. Marty Klein's thoughtful perspective on it: http://www.martyklein.com/why-sexual-addiction-is-not-a-useful-diagnosis-and-why-it-matters/ Suggest consulting w/ a sex-positive therapist to understand concerns you may have about yourself (or other person) in relation to compulsive sexual behavior. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of addiction to coke?

What are the symptoms of addiction to coke?

Cocaine addiction: Like other addictions involves obsession with obtaining and using the drug, giving up other activities that were pleasurable, quitting then restarting use, financial and relationship problems, loss of sex drive, needing increasing quantities to get high, agitation, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, paranoia, weight loss, inability to function in social situations without it, and others like death! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of codeine addiction?

3 Symptoms: Addictions are characterized -- regardless of the substance -- by unpredictable loss of control (took 10 instead of 2), preoccupation with the drug (obtaining and using over other life activities), and continued use in spite of negative consequences (arrest, overdose, family fights). With drugs like Codeine there are also tolerance (need for more and more) and withdrawal (sick when stopping it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gambling addiction?

See DSM: Essentially, when instead of the pleasure it becomes problematic. The person is preoccupied with the habit; spends more and more time gambling; when is not gambling, is irritable, unhappy; using of gambling instead of other responsibilities; the gambler is chasing his losses; there is no control over the habit; the consequences – legal and financial from gambling, etc. I treat is with "extinction. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of addiction in wine?

What are some symptoms of addiction in wine?

Addiction to most: Anything is characterized by preoccupation with the substance, giving up other activities to use it, deciding to stop and starting again, being irritated with people who question your use, relationship problems, needing more to get the same effect, needing it to prevent withdrawal, an inability to function in social settings without it, and in this case, the development of health problems. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lottery ticket addiction?

What are the symptoms of lottery ticket addiction?

See DSM: Essentially, when instead of the pleasure it becomes problematic. The person is preoccupied with the habit; spends more and more time gambling; when is not gambling, is irritable, unhappy; using of gambling instead of other responsibilities; the gambler is chasing his losses; there is no control over the habit; the consequences – legal and financial from gambling, etc. I treat is with "extinction. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of gambling addiction?

What are the common symptoms of gambling addiction?

Troubles: Gambling addicts are unable to control their gambling in spite of negative consequences in their work and family lives. Mutual support helps: gamblers anonymous for the gambler, gam-anon for their families and friends. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of addiction to social media?

Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you do it instead of doing other important things, if you think about it all the time, if you cannot stop doing it even though you realize it is detrimental., etc etc. Also, if you are irritable after spending time doing this. ...Read more

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