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Recommendation For Computer 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 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
Depends: There are so many new addiction apps that it is very hard to tell which are good. Many are substance or behavior specific. There are many for nicotine and sexual addictions. I would advise research and to try them. Most are free or very inexpensive. If you are motivated your chances are much greater to achieve some assistance from these. ...Read more
Healthy support: " healthy" is the key word here. The wrong kind of support such as enabling can make it worse. Too an addict who is not ready to change healthy support may feel like punishment. Punishment from consequences related to the addiction are sometimes what gets the addict in the door to then seek the support. But punishment alone does not "cure" the problem. Hope that helps? Not an easy answer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Worth a try.: Hypnosis is by definition a heightened state of focus and concentration. There are various techniques for using hypnotic methods to explore and transform distracting thoughts. Addiction can be a complicated set of interdependent triggers, so hypnosis may be one tool in a more comprehensive program of recovery. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seeking an MD who would give me an off-label prescription after a phone consultation. In California. Fully legitimate use; with standard of care too.
Private consult: through Health Tap may be helpful. You need to go to another place on the HT site, not this Q & A section,or call them. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Am looking for a herbal pain killer for an addict abusing pain meds/opiates. (person will be starting a 3 mth domiciliary rehab program)?
Can staring at a computer screen for hours a day really damage your eyesight? Any answers appreciated!
No: However, prolonged computer work can dry the eyes and cause irritation as the blink rate does down. Use artificial tears. The focusing of the eyes can be affected so take a break every hour or two looking in the distance. Make sure your glasses presciption is up to date to avoid tired aching eyes. Keep the brightness down to avoid light sensitivity. Sometimes a little larger font will help. ...Read more
Is smoking marijuana for the management ADHD symptoms a reasonable solution? Is it worse or better for my health than prescription stimulants
No: Long term stimulant use has been very well studied and when used correctly and monitored by a health professional - safe. Marijauna for all intents and purposes is illegal and cannot be recommended. Cannabinoid receptor research is a new and exciting area of research. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Internet addiction: Keep in mind addictions serve the function of taking you away from important aspects of your life you probably don't feel successful at managing. It is a way of taking a mental vacation from the real problems in life. If this persists consult a mental health professional who can help you deal with your addiction and also help you uncover the real concerns in your life. Best. ...Read more
Suboxone is ....: Not a pure opioid but it blocks the same opioid receptors as opioids do. It is different because it does not activate the receptors like a pure opioid and does not give you the same type of response. So no good feelings that require a gradual increase in dosage like pure opioid. Suboxone is used to allow you to get off an opioid fairly comfortably and the keep cravings at bay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tapering advice for adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)? prescription for imm.Rel. 20mg 3× day for 1+yr. Current docs not answering ?'s giving feedback or explaining withdrawal effects.
Keep in mind that...: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) contains amphetamine that acts like other stimulant drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, so abrupt cessation can result in extreme fatigue, insomnia, irritability, weight gain, mental depression, urination problems. You would be best served to be under the care of a physician knowledgeable in the treatment of substance abuse to direct a slow taper, maybe 10 mg a week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asking my doctor to prescribe me dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) for the treatment of ADD for driving and college concentration purposes. Is this a good medication for this?
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