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TV Binge Watching Disorder

TV Binge Watching Disorder

Confessions of an Unabashed TV Junkie As those of you who follow developments in the field of psychiatry and diagnosis know by now, the American Psychiatric Association with its release in 2013 of the DSM-5, introduced us to a new psychiatric/behavioral disturbance called “Binge Eating Disorder(BED). While heralded by some like the long-overdue legitimization of pathological eating behavior,[…]

How Do Drugs Hijack Your Brain?

How Do Drugs Hijack Your Brain?

Smaller gray matter volumes are linked to likelihood of certain drug addictions. Over the years, I’ve witnessed a handful of close friends destroy their lives because of an addiction to drugs. Of all the various drugs my peers have used, heroin and crystal meth (methamphetamine) seem to have the uncanny ability to get inside someone’s brain and hijack their pragmatic decision-making ability. Christopher[…]

8 Reasons It’s So Hard to Overcome a Tough Childhood

8 Reasons It’s So Hard to Overcome a Tough Childhood

Understanding what prevents healing can be the first step toward recovery. Trauma experienced in childhood has a special ability to wound, especially when it includes emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or neglect. The falloutechoes through the years and causes negative consequences, such as higher risks of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, obesity, behavioral problems, and health problems such as heart disease. One study that followed hundreds of adolescents over[…]

Is Surfing the Internet Addictive?

Is Surfing the Internet Addictive?

New research suggests non-specific Internet use can be an addictive experience. When Internet addiction was first proposed as a psychological disorder in the 1990’s1, it wasn’t taken too seriously. These days, however, very few people would try to argue that there is no such thing as problematic or excessive Internet use. Hundreds of research studies have found[…]

The Psychological Damage of Alcohol Abuse Can Be Lethal

The Psychological Damage of Alcohol Abuse Can Be Lethal

The psychological damages of alcohol abuse trump the physical risks. A new study from the University of Colorado at Boulder reports that the psychological and social consequences of heavy drinking outweigh the physical hazards of alcohol abuse. This is especially true in terms of mortality rates. Heavy drinking was found to create a domino effect that can lead to premature death. Christopher Bergland is a world-class endurance athlete, coach, author,[…]

Why Changing Eating Habits (Permanently) Is So Hard

Why Changing Eating Habits (Permanently) is So Hard?

Most of us can change what, when, and how much we eat… for a little while. Most of us can change what, when, and how much we eat for a little while. But once our newfound “willpower” runs out, we fall right back into old habits. Every single time! Why is breaking up with destructive[…]

Addiction: A Systems Perspective

Addiction: A Systems Perspective

Addiction creates and amplifies imbalance; recovery counteracts it. Addiction is a disorder of the brain’s reward pathway mediated by dopamine and other neurotransmitters. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as a primary chronic disease of the brain’s circuitry related to reward, motivation, and memory, rather than simply a problem-based in behavior. Addiction drives a need[…]

Can We Exercise Too Much?

Can We Exercise Too Much?

Compulsive exercise can result in exercise dependence. I have always called myself an extreme health nut. I thought it was a positive, a good thing… eating really really overly healthy and cutting out pretty much all fat and carbohydrates. … It’s quite weird, you’d go out for a run or a really long power walk and you[…]

How Many People Are Addicted to Exercise?

How Many People Are Addicted to Exercise? | Willing Ways

The Truth About Exercise Addiction. Many people become physically active to look and feel better and to get healthy. But physical activity may become addictive for a small number of people. So how many of us are at risk? Katherine Schreiber, co-author of The Truth About Exercise Addiction: Understanding the Dark Side of Thinspiration, is a New York City-based writer pursuing[…]

Why You Shouldn’t Shop When Sleepy

Why You Shouldn’t Shop When Sleepy? | Willing Ways

A creative study shows the cost of going to the market tired.Imagine you just pulled an all-nighter studying for an important exam, worked a double shift through the night, or were up all night with a child who has the flu. The next morning, you find yourself hungry and suddenly remember there’s only a lone[…]

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