Can Technology Break Technology Addiction?

Can Technology Break Technology Addiction?

Smartphone addiction is a real problem for many people. Just when you cross the line from frequent use to obsessive addiction is debatable but, for some people, cell phones are all-consuming. Behavioral addictions are treatable by traditional addiction care techniques like counseling, and, of course, there is an app (or two) for that. But can […]

Taming The Inner Workaholic – Battling Work Addiction

Taming The Inner Workaholic – Battling Work Addiction

By Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Although there is no corresponding DSM V diagnosis, workaholism is every bit as much of a psychological disorder as other addictions, carrying with it distorted thinking, denial and justification, as well as eventual decline of the body, mind and spirit. It is also a socially acceptable condition and in some […]

Internet Gaming Addicts More Introverted, Less Conscientious Than Peers

Internet Gaming Addicts More Introverted, Less Conscientious Than Peers

People who participate in gambling or play games over the Internet sometimes develop dysfunctional behaviors that indicate the development of an addiction to these activities. The American Psychiatric Association officially acknowledges the development of serious gambling problems as an addiction-related process; the organization is also considering giving the same level of recognition to serious Internet […]

What Are The Risks Of Huffing Freon?

What Are The Risks Of Huffing Freon?

Freon, the coolant used in air conditioning, is becoming a surprisingly popular substance for teens to abuse in order to get a high. Huffing Freon (i.e., inhaling its vapors) is a risky behavior. Just one attempt at getting high this way can cause serious health problems, and even death. All parents of teens need to […]

Cough Syrup Abuse: A Risky Habit

Cough Syrup Abuse: A Risky Habit

Over-the-counter cough syrup is a medication that most of us choke down only when we have to, but for some, particularly young people, it’s a way to get a high. Robitussin DM is commonly abused by teens and young adults because it is accessible and because the DM ingredient imparts a relaxed and drowsy sense […]

How To Beat Behavioral Addictions

How To Beat Behavioral Addictions

A behavioral addiction is not always taken as seriously as a chemical addiction. The latter refers to drug addiction or alcoholism. Behaviors, such as gambling, shopping or sex, can also become addictive, though. While some professionals in the field of mental health and addiction do not seriously consider these to be addictions, others realize just […]

Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Powdered Alcohol

Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Powdered Alcohol

If hard ciders and citrus-flavored beers don’t alert you to the current alcohol marketing craze, perhaps another new product will. In April 2014, Palcohol was granted the right to market its product here in the United States and then quickly lost approval due to problems with labeling. The company has taken care of the labeling […]

‘Selfie’ Craze May Signal Larger Problem

‘Selfie’ Craze May Signal Larger Problem

It’s hard to say just when and where the term “selfie” was coined, but 2013 was certainly the year when selfies conquered the world. It seemed that people—particularly young people who spend a great deal of time on social media sites—just couldn’t stop taking pictures of themselves. Selfie was even elected “Word of the Year” […]

Dinner Plate Meter May Help Prevent Overeating

Dinner Plate Meter May Help Prevent Overeating

Compulsive overeating is a serious disorder that can lead to health problems, both mental and physical. For women and men who are compulsive overeaters, obesity is a real possibility. Researchers are trying to utilize advances in technology to help prevent the disorder and resulting weight gain. By starting with children, they hope to curb the […]