Trauma: The emotional wound that leaves a lasting mark

Where does addiction come from? Make no mistake. Dysfunctional, self-destructive behaviors don’t simply manifest themselves in a vacuum. They begin with personal trauma. When we trace the roots of addiction and dependency deep into a person’s past, we inevitably discover an intensively distressing event or circumstance that has remained with them, and never stopped affecting […]

Addiction and Mental Health

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Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. In many instances, those suffering from untreated mental disorders will turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medication. Additionally, the continuous use of chemical substances has been known to lead to a decline in mental health, sometimes resulting in irreversible mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, […]

Shop ‘Til You Drop – The Seriousness of Shopping Addiction

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Despite its lack of media coverage, shopping addiction affects more than 18 million American adults. Also known as compulsive shopping or compulsive buying disorder, shopping addiction is characterized by a compulsion to spend money regardless of financial capability or a legitimate need for the product in question. While the American Psychiatry Association (APA) does not […]

Men and Compulsive Overeating

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Compulsive overeating is a huge problem amongst American adults, though it gets minor media coverage in comparison to most other serious, addictive disorders. Because of this, many individuals who face compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder (BED), face both misunderstanding and stigma. Despite widespread stigma, the Journal of American Medicine estimates that over one-third of […]

Am I Dating a Sex Addict?

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My first introduction to sex addiction was watching Sam Rockwell in the on-screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke. Rockwell sits in a Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous group, surrounded by seedy-looking characters (and several beautiful women). He makes eyes with a particularly stunning woman, who later leads him into the bathroom. While they are having […]

Video Game Addiction – Fact or Fiction?

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Although not yet recognized by the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), video game addiction is widely accepted as an impulse control disorder, very similar in nature to compulsive gambling or shopping. Those who are afflicted with the pathological use of computer or video games will typically participate in multi-player online role-playing […]