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I would like help with computer addiction?

I would like help with computer addiction?

There is help: For what are called behavioral or "process" addictions. However, getting a full mental health evaluation would be where I would start, and any competent psychiatrist/psychologist would be able to point you in the right direction. Computer addiction can be a form of paraphilia - a sexual fixation, or it can be part of an obsessive-compulsive pattern. Treatment depends on the cause. ...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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What can I do to treat my computer addiction?

What can I do to treat my computer addiction?

See a CBT therapist: Psychologists trained in behavior therapy can help develop a regimen for you to "wean" you off of this compulsive behavior. ...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 can be done to stop a computer addiction?

What can be done to stop a computer addiction?

Addiction: One complex answer - remove yourself from access, or it from your environment, including smart phone, or other access points. Smarter multifactorial approach? Get help in an addiction behavior program. All addictions share many features and behavioral programs that assist with limiting or channeling the stress associated can help many. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure my computer addiction?

Addiction: One complex answer - remove yourself from access, or it from your environment, including smart phone, or other access points. Smarter multifactorial approach? Get help in an addiction behavior program. All addictions share many features and behavioral programs that assist with limiting or channeling the stress associated can help many. ...Read more

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Can there be a name for an addiction to computers?

No name yet: There is no name for it yet, however, it is a problem that I have been seeing more & more often in my practice. Are you concerned about your use of computers? Try turning it off & keeping it in an office, not in your bedroom to cut back.. ...Read more

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What're the methods of stopping computer addiction?

What're the methods of stopping computer addiction?

Complex problem: What are you addicted to? Games? Porn? Gambling? Film? How many hours a day do you spend on the internet? Is your addiction hurting your social life or is it a replacement of your social life? Is it interfering with work, family, other forms of entertainment? Counseling may be helpful! ...Read more

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What are the consequences of a computer game addiction?

What are the consequences of a computer game addiction?

You tell me: Any addiction usually causes problems in other areas of one's life, troubled relationships, neglect of work or school, neglect of ones own health. Moodiness and irritability. Losing interest in other activities you used to enjoy. Inablity to stop playing even if you try.
If concerned you could talk to a counselor to find ways to tackle this addiction. ...Read more

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Who is most susceptible to developing a computer game addiction?

Anyone?: Some people can become "addicted" to almost any behavior. These people are more likely that others for various reasons. Many people that become addicted have a genetic predispostion, they brain chemistry is different than people who don't. Then their environment does the rest. That "certain individual" liked video games, for them then that became their addiction. Not enough room for better answer. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop my addiction to computer and start to become productive?

Brain: Most addicitons are a brain thing. Certain parts of the brain produce pleasure and these get very sensitized so a very small particular stimulus will set them off. If you really want to stop an addiction, stop the action completely and do - rpeat do - something different. Eventually the urge dies down. But a little of the same thing will start things up again - even a long time later. ...Read more

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Is computer addiction something you should tell someone when you see it's a problem? Please advise!

Is computer addiction something you should tell someone when you see it's a problem? Please advise!

Yes: It is an addiction like any other. Working with a therapist can help curtail use and set more effective limits on screen time. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get over computer addiction?

Highly variable: Therapy can give you a tremendous boost in controlling internet use. Cognitive-behavioral therapy provides step-by-step ways to stop compulsive internet behaviors and change your perceptions regarding internet and computer use. Therapy can also help you learn healthier ways of coping with uncomfortable emotions, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. ...Read more

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Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

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 more

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What can I do or who can I talk to to break my computer addiction?

What can I do or who can I talk to to break my computer addiction?

Meaningful life: Computer/ internet addictions like other addictions are what some default to when they are depressed, anxious, stressed, bored or tired. The first step is to decide if you have a problem. The second is to decide if you are willing to do something about it. Fill your life with creative, meaningful activities and relationships so that you aren't left with a void that you fill in with the computers. ...Read more

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Is computer game addiction similar to alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or a gambling addiction?

Is computer game addiction similar to alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or a gambling addiction?

Yes.: Anything that a number of people do compulsively to the detriment of their health or function, qualifies as an addiction. ...Read more

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Why are computer games so addictive?

Why are computer games so addictive?

Because they are fun: No one ever got addicted to something they hated. Make your life and your relationships your priority. Play your games when you have time after those things are attended to. On your deathbed you will remember your friends and family; not the hours you spent on world of warcraft. Make some good memories everyday you may need those in your old age to get you by. ...Read more

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I use computer a lot at work, do you have any recommendations for a wrist splint/guard/support or any other methods to protect my wrist?

I use computer a lot at work, do you have any recommendations for a wrist splint/guard/support or any other methods to protect my wrist?

Ergonomics: A splint will not help as much as an ergonomic desk. You want your feet on the ground and your back straight in a good a Support chair. Your wrists need to be straight with your elbows bent at 90 deg. So you might need a pullout drawer. The splint will only help teach you the position. ...Read more

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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but I hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more

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I am afraid to do lasic is it really helpful Wat abt high use of cell n computer after lasic?

I am afraid to do lasic is it really helpful Wat abt high use of cell n computer after lasic?

Lasik: It is a common procedure done by eye doctors and has helped improve the vision of many people (including me). Talk with an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) for further information and whether it might be right for you. ...Read more

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Which computer chair is healthiest for the back?

Computer chair: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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I was wondering is being on your phone or computer too much bad for you?

I was wondering is being on your phone or computer too much bad for you?

Big picture: Electronics are safe but... If your life is so tied up with anything that it ceases to be rich and varied, think about making some changes. When you're on the phone or computerizing, you're not running, swimiming, making love, climbing trees, building things, eating with friends, watching birds, riding a horse, parachuting, or any of the many other things that could make your life glorious. ...Read more

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Can I cure my addiction?

Can I cure my addiction?

Yes: Yes you can - need a support system to deal with stress management and coping - being clean is only half the battle developing healthy stress management will be the key of being drug free. ...Read more

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How can I stop addiction?

How can I stop addiction?

Recovery program: For any addiction, you need help from your physician, often also an addiction medicine doctor, and a support group that works with the substance or behavior you're using addictively. If the addiction medicine doctor is not a psychiatrist, you also need a psychiatric evaluation so that any conditions complicating your recovery can be treated. Bottom line: don't do it alone, and you don't have to! ...Read more

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Do computers or people read paps?

Do computers or people read paps?

A combination.: There are techs who read smears, and screen them for the pathologist, who reads the abnormal ones. This can be done under a microscope/manually, or there are several computer set-ups that read smears, and speed up the process for the pathologist, by selecting abnormal looking cells. The pathologist makes the final evaluation. ...Read more

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What medications treat addiction?

Addiction: Depends on the substance the person is addicted to, for example Antabuse (disulfiram) or Campral for alcohol addiction. ...Read more

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What are some healthy addictions?

What are some healthy addictions?

None: Any addiction is by definition unhealthy, you want to know about health habits- eat right, excercise and be happy. ...Read more

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How to stop my cheating addiction?

How to stop my cheating addiction?

Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Cheating addiction would fall into this group. To use the phone less, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise. There may also be problems with the primary relationship that should be addressed in couples therapy. ...Read more

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What can cause addiction to a song?

What can cause addiction to a song?

Habit: You may become so used to a particular song that it becomes sort of hard wired into the brain. In other words - it can become a habit. ...Read more