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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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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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Is there such thing as an addictive personality?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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 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 there such thing as an amnesia/dissociative attack?

Is there such thing as an amnesia/dissociative attack?

Yes: Transient global amnesia is a phenomenon of not being able to make new memories for a short period of time. It usually happens in older people. Dissociative fugue is a state in which somebody's behavior changes and they are unaware of this event. It's usually seen in the context of another psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as food addiction?

Yes.: Eating disorders may take the form of 1) compulsive overeating, 2) bulimia with purging or 3) anorexia nervosa. All three of these disorders are forms of food addiction. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as pure depression?

Is there such a thing as pure depression?

Not likely: One might classify a depression as "typical". If "pure" means typical, even then it's hard to imagine any two depressions being alike. Depression comes in many guises making it difficult at tims to even spot the fact that there is depression lurking there. The conclusion is, if one does see something that approaches text book depression, it's only one kind in a hundred other depressions. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as addiction to prescription drugs?

Addiction: Sure, there are several, such as Benzodiazepines & Pain medications. ...Read more

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Can there be such a thing as alcohol-induced schizophrenia?

Can there be such a thing as alcohol-induced schizophrenia?

Alcohol induced: There is an alcohol-induced psychotic disorder with delusions and hallucinations, but it's not the same as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is an independent and chronic mental illness on its own -- with a different longitudinal course and usually family history also. Alcohol could certainly worsen symptoms in someone with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as pain memory?

Is there such a thing as pain memory?

Yes: "phantom pain" for example is common in people who have amputations, where their brain makes them feel their foot is really aching, etc...Despite having had it amputated. It is the brain remembering the foot being their and thus a type of "memory pain.". ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as adolescent psychology?

Is there such a thing as adolescent psychology?

There sure is!: Some psychologists specialize in studying child and adolescent behavior. Some also specialize in treating children and adolescents who are struggling for one reason or another. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as obsessive reading disorder?

Is there such thing as obsessive reading disorder?

Semantics: We can be "obsessive" without having ocd. A key feature of OCD is that the person does not enjoy or want to engage in the thoughts and behaviors. Someone who has to stay up all night to finish a book usually does so because of the enjoyment of reading. If the person did so because of a fear that otherwise something really bad might happen, then that might be ocd. ...Read more

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If there is "clinical depression", is there such a thing as "non-clinical depression"?

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If there is "clinical depression", is there such a thing as "non-clinical depression"?

Depression: Classification is based on severity of symptoms, duration, & how such interferes with daily functioning, from milder forms such as grief reaction, to dysthymic disorder, to major depression, to psychotic or bipolar depression. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as increased alcohol tolerance?

Is there such a thing as increased alcohol tolerance?

Alcohol: Sure. Some have high tolerance & are likely to develop dependence, others have low tolerance to even small amounts of alcohol consumed. ...Read more

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Is it possible there is such thing as "autistic spectrum"?

Is it possible there is such thing as "autistic spectrum"?

A big umbrella: This is a collective term that pulls together several separate diagnoses under one supposedly unifying term. Autism, aspergers syndrome and pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified, make up the spectrum. It is more a term preferred by academics and bureaucrats that track the funding for their specialized supportive care. I find it rather loosely supported by an actual link. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as prescription allergy medication?

Is there a such thing as prescription allergy medication?

Many: There are many medications prescribed for treatment of allergies, some are tablets, some are nasal sprays. It depends on your symptoms, consult an allergist for best advice. ...Read more

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Is there any such thing as eye cancer?

Is there any such thing as eye cancer?

Yes: Eye cancer can happen to any number of the eye layers from eyelids in the front to brain in the back. Also other cancers undergo metastasis to the eye and surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as drug-induced lupus?

Is there such a thing as drug-induced lupus?

Yes: There are certain medications that cause lupus like illness this type of lupus is not like regular systemic lupus erythematosus. If you stop the drug that causes drug induced lupus the lupus usually resolves. Regular lupus has many manifestations not seen in regular lupus especially kidney involvement and neurological involvement. They also have different laboratory tests. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as an allergy to physical activity?

Is there a such thing as an allergy to physical activity?

All people ..: To some extent all people with modest to moderate extrinisic inhalent allergies have some component of exercise induced asthma, manifest as a hacking dry cough 10-15m after stopping exercise. Other people with allergies can have exercise induced urticaria, or hives. Singular is excellent for most mild cases. ...Read more

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