Tag Archives: Depression

The Dopamine Reward System: Friend or Foe?

The Dopamine Reward System Friend or Foe? | Willing Ways

Getting dopamine from your best connections not your worst vices. Dopamine is trending as the most popular neurotransmitter. And why not? There are days I think it rules the world or at least the day-to-day activities of my friends and family. The craving you have when you smell the coffee brewing in the morning—thank dopamine. That elation you feel[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Addicted to Being Right!

Addicted to Being Right | Willing Ways

Our body makes a chemical choice about how to best protect itself. I’m sure it’s happened to you…  You’re in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. You talk over one of your colleagues and correct his point of view.[…]

Are You Mentally Strong Enough to Combat Stress?

Are You Mentally Strong Enough to Combat Stress?

Building mental strength provides protection from the harmful effects of stress. The cumulative effects of chronic stress creep up on you slowly. Initially,  you may be able to shrug off minor health issues and sleep difficulties and explain away decreased productivity and increased irritability. But eventually, the toll stress takes on your health adds up, and ultimately, it could take years off your life. Amy Morin is[…]

Why The Internet Is So Addictive

Why The Internet Is So Addictive

When we escape reality we are left in a virtual abyss. The Internet can be one enormous escape hatch. When life becomes too hard and stressful, when relationships become too unfulfilling or unsatisfactory, it’s compelling to jump down into the rabbit hole of the Internet into a world of virtual reality. Do you understand it[…]

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