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Is Cutting Yourself Addictive
Addictions are comp-: ulsive, mood-altering behaviors that sooner or later cause (often significant) problems in life. What makes them an addiction is that sufferers won't or can't quit despite the problems the behaviors cause. From this point of view, cutting could be an addiction, although is it not one of the classic addictions (alcohol, sex, gambling, drugs, food, etc.) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
More cutting.: Cutting stimulates the production of endorphins -- opioid-like substances the body produces to manage pain. It can be addictive. Some patients use cutting to: 1) wordlessly communicate distress, 2) take inchoate emotional pain and focus it onto a specific physical site, 3) practice a sense of mastery over pain and bleeding, 4) produce a strange sense of pleasure. Treat like an addiction and stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psych consult: Cutting behavior often results from an underlying psychological problem. A thorough evaluation and treatment plan should be sought from a qualified psychologist or psychiatrist. Be supportive but firm in directing her towards help. Ultimately, it is up to her to go and you cannot make her get help. ...Read more
A good therapist: It is really important to work with a good therapist to deal with cutting behavior. Whether it is an addiction or not, it is serious and probably medication will be prescribed, but a behavioral strategy is also important. Hospitalization may be necessary to get this symptom under control and prevent a tragic event. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can cutting or burning yourself to help with emotional pain become addictive? I'm having a really hard time stopping.
Basically No: Substances that can be shown to be addictive iare associated with increases of Dopamine in the nucleus accumbens when consumed. I really doubt this is true with 5http. Most likely the 5http helps one feel less anxious and one can be "addicted" to feeling less anxious. ...Read more
Addiction definition: People can become psychologically dependent on any drug – or anything else for that matter. This means that the person using drugs feels they cannot cope or face the world unless they are under the influence of drugs. In contrast people can only become physically dependent on certain drugs. Physical dependency results from the repeated, heavy use of drugs like heroin, tranquillisers and alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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