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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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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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Is there such thing as an addictive personality?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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 it possible to have an addictive personality for sex?

Is it possible to have an addictive personality for sex?

Sex addiction: One can use sexual behavior compulsively and repeatedly with a succession of lovers to modulate emotions, rather than to relate intimately. Behavior is out of control, despite attempts to stop it; there are adverse consequences in medical, legal, and interpersonal areas. Escalating need for sexual activity, and lots of time spent in getting this -- fantasy, pornography, cyber-sex too. ...Read more

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Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Not exactly: There is no official diagnosis of addictive personality disorder. There are, however, personality traits and styles that increase a person's vulnerability to becoming substance dependent or developing impulse-control disorders, such as pathological gambling. Many people persist in activities they enjoy--this is not addiction. ...Read more

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Do women have a much more addictive personality than men?

Do women have a much more addictive personality than men?

See below: Scientific evidence does not support "a much more addictive personality" in women. The usual data looks at how many people (men or women) are dependent on drugs. In alcohol dependence there has been a gender gap, ie more men. But dependence is a mixture of nature and nurture so this has yet to be resolved. ...Read more

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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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Can you test to see if someone has an addictive personality?

Can you test to see if someone has an addictive personality?

Not Formally: This is a term that has been around a long time but is not recognised formally in the psychiatric literature. What is often a focus of treatment and psychological testing is the precursors, history, and manifestations of addiction. There are personality factors that also predispose oneto ddeveloping an addiction. ...Read more

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I have an addictive personality. How can I avoid falling into any traps?

I have an addictive personality.  How can I avoid falling into any traps?

Awareness / Control: The fact that you are already well aware of your vulnerability is very important in getting the upper hand of long issues, including addiction. Other steps to take include meeting with a counsellor or a psychologist to work out a variety of defense strategies - so that the inevitable exposures to your object of addiction can be anticipated with healthy responses. Antidepressants might be given. ...Read more

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How is addictive personality disorder treated?

How is addictive personality disorder treated?

With care: "addictive personality disorder" does not exist in the dsm-iv. But addiction itself is best treated in a comprehensive program involving mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual care. Some personality patterns may lead to difficulty, which can be dealt with in personal therapy. 12-step programs are also helpful in addressing common issues. The whole program is much larger than this, though. ...Read more

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I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

Beats me: An answer to your question requires a full medical and psychiatric history, and lots of questions about your growing up, your experiences, your reactions to those experiences. These questions need a therapist who spends the time with you and gains enough of your trust to give you some answers. Freud's oral theories really arent believed anymore. No quick answer is gonna help you. Get a referral. ...Read more

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How can I convince doctor to prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)? I have mild-severe social anxiety. Tried SSRI's didn't work.I do not have an drug addictive personality.

How can I convince doctor to prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)? I have mild-severe social anxiety. Tried SSRI's didn't work.I do not have an drug addictive personality.

Some doctors won't: prescribe Xanax (alprazolam) (benzodiazepine - can be habit-forming). If SSRIs not helpful, venlafaxine is worth trying. Propranolol is an option. Therapy is best and can help change negative thoughts, improve self-confidence, and gradually work up to facing anxiety-inducing situations. Skills training and role-playing practice for social skills improve comfort and confidence relating to others. Best regards. ...Read more

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Dramatically changing his personality! how do I stop his addiction which is dramatically changing his personality?

Dramatically changing his personality! how do I stop his addiction which is dramatically changing his personality?

Changing others: I agree with dr. Fowler here -- it is not possible for you to "stop his addiction" if he does not see this as a problem. However, you can take good care of yourself by attending a 12-step program for friends & family of addicted people, and encourage him to attend a 12-step program. Sometimes planned interventions can be helpful -- you need a professional moderator & a plan for immediate care. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is my personality so addictive and how can I overcome this?

Help docs? Why is my personality so addictive and how can I overcome this?

Nobody knows: But early life trauma and genetics probably play major roles in most people. There are many paths to overcoming it, but all involve some form of psychological therapies, as well as finding more supportive and healthier people to be in your life. Specific addictions need specific treatments, so it depends on whether you are talking alcohol, drugs, gambling, spending, sex. See a therapist to start. ...Read more

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What are 4 reasons addiction to drugs and alcohol can change your personality?

What are 4 reasons addiction to drugs and alcohol can change your personality?

1 reason for change.: Homework assignment? Will discuss 1 reason. When a person develops more & more of a singular focus, it excludes other things from their life. They may not have time for family or friends. They may miss work or church, family outings etc., because they are either using, trying to get the subtance to abuse or recovering from substance use. This means that other people & things loss importance. ...Read more

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I can't find a concrete answer anywhere; is Marijuana addictive or not? And what if the smoker has an addictive/obsessive personality?

I can't find a concrete answer anywhere; is Marijuana addictive or not? And what if the smoker has an addictive/obsessive personality?

You haven't looked: Marijuana dependency (addiction) is a diagnostic term used by both the DSM in the US, and the World Health Organization guidelines elsewhere. You are on medications that indicate either a bipolar diagnosis or some form of thought disorder (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder etc.). Marijuana is particularly bad for you, and at your age affects your ability to learn, remember and intelligence. ...Read more

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Narcissistic personality in addition to need for startup high and attention addiction. Does anyone know of treatment?

Psychoanalysis: Question is a bit difficult to comprehend. What is the treatment for a narcissistic personality who craves a "startup high" and "attention?" not clear what a "startup high" means. In any case, it seems to me that the only established treatment for such a person is psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. ...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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Can there be really such a thing as a video game addiction?

Can there be really such a thing as a video game addiction?

Yes: One can certainly become addicted to playing video games. One the sole focus of ones life if playing games rather than eating sleeping or anything else you may be addicted. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a chocolate addiction, and would that be bad for one's health?

Yes: People can become addicted to almost anything. Eating sweets such as chocolate is immediately soothing which is often seen in people with food addictions. The question you should ask yourself is,whether it is interfering with your life or,your health. Is your weight and blood sugar ok? Do you miss work because of binge eating,chocolate the night,before. If so, talk with someone. ...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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