I have a bit of experience with gambling addiction. When I was just a few days old, I was given up for adoption. In my 20's I met my birth mother. She told me that my grandfather was a gambling addict. Now, I am not referring to the classic "he lost all the family money". I am … Continue reading How do you gamble … minus the addiction?
Category: Behavioral Addictions
Eating Disorders – Fast Facts
Some of my most popular social media links are based on eating disorders. I find this a little strange, because I rarely receive a phone call on that very subject. In any case, I put together a quick sheet. In the United States eating disorders are more common than Alzheimer's disease. As many as one million women … Continue reading Eating Disorders – Fast Facts
Web Junkie – Internet Addiction Documentary
Internet Addiction is a hot topic, especially in our home. My son, who is 7, will be the first generation of children born with an iPad in their hands. Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but he did get one at the age of two. I wonder what the effects will be both mentally and … Continue reading Web Junkie – Internet Addiction Documentary
Social Signs of Anxiety Disorder
t may be difficult to pinpoint anxiety disorders if there are co-existing mental health disorders, physical illnesses, or substance abuse problems. Signs that someone may have a serious anxiety disorder include: fear of leaving the house, social withdrawal extreme, unwarranted fear of particular situations or things compulsive or repetitive behaviors changes in personality trouble on the job or in school family or relationship problems alcohol or drug abuse depression or suicidal thoughts frequent emotional and physical health issues
The latest eating disorder – Picky Eating
Selective Eating Disorder is an eating disorder that prevents the consumption of certain foods. You might think of this as "picky eating". Not so fast. Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is now a condition that describes adults who limit their eating. Medical professionals say that sufferers of ARFID have an inability to eat certain … Continue reading The latest eating disorder – Picky Eating
Gambling, Alcoholism & Curious Facts
I am looking outside my office window, which overlooks the Las Vegas strip. In this town, gambling, alcoholism, and addiction can be seen from all angles. The rest of this article can be read on the blog from our main website. The link is above.
The term "pornography addiction" always gets a raised eyebrow reaction. But, what make it so addictive? Why should it matter? People are free to have their own interests. That's true, but viewing pornography can mess with your brain in the same way drugs do. And, just like drugs and alcohol a little can be ok (sometimes even … Continue reading Pornography Addiction
Anxiety Disorder (PTSD) can pretend to be Addiction or Alcoholism
I am retraining my brain because I consistently think of people suffering from PTSD, as war veterans. It's true that 20% of soldiers who have been deployed in the past 6 years have PTSD, but it can occur after any traumatic experience. Examples are situations involving natural disasters, serious accidents, life-threatening illnesses, physical abuse, and sexual … Continue reading Anxiety Disorder (PTSD) can pretend to be Addiction or Alcoholism
Addiction, Video Games and Adoption
I feel like I was born with genetics that predetermined I would struggle with addiction and alcoholism. The very first time I sampled booze, I blacked out. That is not normal. But, I provide an interesting case study -- I was given up for adoption when I was only a few days old. As an … Continue reading Addiction, Video Games and Adoption
People who purposly hurt themselves are not seaking attention or trying to commit suicide. Self-Infliction is different from attempted suicide - it is a method to cope with pain. The severity of the wound doe not define the level of pain (or sickness). Self-injury is self-injury, regardless if it leaves a scar or not.