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Types of addiction

Is Excessive Tanning An Addiction?

Is Excessive Tanning An Addiction?

The definition of addiction has been considerably widened since it was first used, when it was considered specific to substances. New findings have suggested that behaviors such as (but not limited to) gambling, shopping, exercising and sex also hold the potential to be addictive, and this has been clarified by analyses of the neurological effects […]

What Does An Eating Disorder Look Like?

What Does An Eating Disorder Look Like?

Eating disorders are a form of mental illness that seriously affects a person’s relationship with food and their daily eating patterns. A person with an eating disorder (ED) may consume very little (restriction) or they may eat large amounts (binging). Most often these disorders start during the tempestuous adolescent years, but they can start later […]

Are You At Risk For Internet Addiction?

Are You At Risk For Internet Addiction?

Internet addiction is a commonly used term for a pattern of Internet use that significantly decreases a person’s level of mental well-being or diminishes the ability to meet personal or social obligations. Although substantial scientific evidence supports the existence of this form of addiction, it is not officially recognized as an illness by the American […]

Does Gambling Disorder Diagnosis Accurately Identify People With Serious Gambling Problems?

Does Gambling Disorder Diagnosis Accurately Identify People With Serious Gambling Problems?

Gambling disorder is a mental health diagnosis established by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in May 2013. The terms of this diagnosis establish the presence of serious gambling problems as a form of non-substance-based addiction called behavioral addiction. For more than two decades prior to 2013, the APA grouped serious gambling problems under the heading […]

Codependency And Relationships In Addiction

Codependency And Relationships In Addiction

It was alcoholism that first led to the coining of the psychological term “codependency.” Now experts know that codependent personality disorder is a real mental health issue and one that can apply to people without addictions or with no experience with addictive disorders. In many cases, however, codependency occurs in relationships in which one person […]

New Data Show Spike In Smokeless Tobacco Use

New Data Show Spike In Smokeless Tobacco Use

Smokeless tobacco is the collective term for tobacco products that don’t require burning in order to deliver the addictive substance nicotine to the bloodstream and brain. While cigarette use in the U.S. has dropped fairly steadily for more than a decade, use of smokeless products has increased. In two studies published in March 2014 in […]