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 […]

Which Genes Help Predict The Odds For Alcoholism?

Which Genes Help Predict The Odds For Alcoholism?

Scientists have long known that a substantial portion of any given person’s chances of developing alcoholism comes from the inheritance of certain genes. However, the genetic risk for alcoholism stems from a number of complex variables, and relatively little is known about the particular gene interactions that produce the greatest dangers. In a study published […]

Can Oxytocin Levels Help Determine Addiction Risks?

Can Oxytocin Levels Help Determine Addiction Risks?

Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally in the brain and distributed to various parts of the body. Scientists believe that this hormone plays an important role in promoting deep connections between people and moderating the effects of serious stress. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, a multinational […]

Does High-Impulsivity Help Trigger Food Addiction?

Does High-Impulsivity Help Trigger Food Addiction?

Addiction specialists and researchers know that people affected by symptoms of food addiction have an unusually strong tendency toward impulsive behavior, or impulsivity. However, less is known about whether increased impulsivity helps trigger food addiction or only starts to appear after such an addiction begins to take its toll. In a study published in April […]

Are You A Critiholic?

Are You A Critiholic?

The litany begins almost as soon as she considers a new project, goes out on a date with someone she just met, tries on a bathing suit or looks at her bank account. The words, “I can’t do enough, be enough or have enough,” have become all too familiar torments. She presents well, so you […]