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Overcoming Multiple Addictions
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
Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...Read more
What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?
Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?
All the same: Addiction to anything means that you are not getting the most out of life and your relationships with family and friends. Limit your time on these things and make your life and relationships your priorty. On your deathbed you will remember the people in your life; not the hours you spent playing world of warcraft. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: To assess addiction, whether it's behavior or a substance we need to know how the addiction interfering with your life, whether you spend most of the day involved in addictive behavior. Any of these can lead to the loss of job, family, life-savings. Asking what is better, behavioral addiction or drug addictions is like asking what is better, prescription drug addiction or illegal drug addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unsure: While not really a depressant, marijuana may not help a person to feel motivated, which is often missing in depression! it might temporarily mask emotional pain, but in excess can lead to problems. Some research suggests it can potentiate mental symptoms--and results were not simply due to ill people self-medicating. And it can lead to jail. That's depressing / scary. Psychiatrists, gps? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Dr. Fowler's advice is very good. Of all the addictions, this is the one that's most likely to lead to suicide. Just experimenting with gambling usually does not lead to disaster -- but who wants to mess with it? You certain to lose your money in the long run. Why not spend it on something meaningful? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but : The depression is secondary to the addiction- treat the addiction first then reassess whether depressed feelings continue to persist. See a professional who specializes in addiction. You are not likely to get the help you need from just reading a book! self help is fine , like 12 step programs , but seeking help is the first step... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multidimensional : Multidimensional family therapy (mdft) is a comprehensive, family-based outpatient or partial hospitalization (day treatment) program for substance-abusing adolescents. Both the teen and family develop more effective coping and problem-solving skills for better decision-making. It helps the family improve its functioning -- a protective factor against substance abuse & related problems. ...Read more
4yrs anxiety.Gp suspects ocd&bipolar.Returning to therapy w/a new psychologist.Very anxious about dealing with these issues&seeing someone new? Help?
New start: I agree with dr. Cohen, it is very important that you get on the right medication if you have ocd and bipolar. It is normal to be anxious about starting with someone new, especially if you have tried with someone who missed your diagnosis in the past. If you do get on the right medication you have a much better chance of dealing with these issues and having a better life. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'd rather deal with the issues of my depression, anorexia, ptsd, self-harm & suicidal ideation myself than involve professionals, is this possible?
You deserve help: I want to say this gently- if you were able to control and correct these symptoms, my guess is that you would have already done so by now. If what you have done to date hasn't worked, i encourage you to be open to accepting professional assistance. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The same: Mental or psychological dependence are essentially the same. You might mean physiological rather than psychological. Physiological involves bodily functions to include heart rate, blood pressure, shakiness, and other changes. When people are physiologically dependent, they may feel those bodily changes without a clear psychological/mental need/addiction. Addiction relates to mental/psychological. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It could: People who develop "behavioral" addictions such as internet are usually more prone to become addicted to other behaviors such as drug and alcohol or gambling even. Their brains get a "high" from the behavior, if one "high" is removed their brain looks for another "high" to replace it. Its called cross addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bf's online current events/political social media addiction causes intolerable financial&emotional anxiety.NOTHING I try helps@all.Should we separate?
No one can tell you: Clearly you are not content and feel unable to find a solution for changing him. I think it would be a mistake to trust any 'yes/no' answer to your '?'. It might be the way this will go, but there may be other options too. Try to find a therapist to help you think t through and perhaps provide or refer for couples Tx. Be patient as you seek a solution - it will help. ...Read more
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