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Selfies

Why do people take selfies? What is the reason behind it?

Different people have different motivations for taking selfies, and most picture taking of this nature is harmless and meant to share their experience with others.

However, sometimes such selfies can rise to the level of a concern or problem in a person's life. This is when it stops being something done out of fun, and starts becoming something that is a reflection of perhaps more serious issues in the person's life.

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ADHD

Natural Remedies for ADHD

The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has risen. Combination of behavioral therapy with prescription medication seems to be an effective treatment for ADHD. However, there are also several alternative therapies that are also considered effective. Continue reading for natural alternatives to treating ADHD symptoms.

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Stopping Your Addiction to Stealing

Kleptomania is a serious impulse control disorder. It is a failure to resist urges to steal items that you don't really need. It causes emotional pain to you and to loved ones if it is not treated and causes emotional or behavioral problems to self-control. Kleptomania makes a person feel guilty and ashamed and can lead you to having a criminal record. If you or someone you know is affected by kleptomania, try the following:

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Eating Disorders

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by frequent binge eating followed by efforts to prevent gaining weight. People with bulimia secretly eat large amounts of food and then try to get rid of the calories by purging. People with bulimia are preoccupied with their weight and judge themselves for what they perceive to be considered as flaws. Bulimia is characterized by:

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Antisocial Personality Disorder

According to Medline Plus "antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. This behavior is often criminal" (www.nim.nih.gov). People with this disorder have no regard for right and wrong and disregard the feelings of others. They violate the law, show no guilt, and get into frequent trouble. It may include symptoms of lying, fighting, irresponsibility, impulsivity, and irritability.

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The Lies We Tell

The previous post focused on pathological lying. This post will focus on the different types of lies people tell. Lying is a bad habit and can be a big and destructive problem. Let's identify the different kinds of lies and see if you recognize them. Do you or anyone you know fall into any of these types of lies? Do you know any other types of lies?

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How to Spot a Pathological Liar

We lie once in a while right? We may tell a white lie in order to make the other person feel a little better.  A white lie is harmless and can be considered to be used for a greater good and is often used to prevent from hurting someone. But we may make a false statement with an intent to deceive. When we lie based on a fact, we jeopardize our relationships. The other person will not believe us again and we fog up their perception of reality. So, is it a good idea to lie? When you lie, do you know which style of lie you are choosing? Does it matter? Well, there are different types of lies which will be discussed in a later post. In this post, lets focus on pathological lying.

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Compulsive Gambling

According to The National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC)  "gambling addiction affects approximately 2 to 5 percent of Americans." People who gamble continue to do so despite of financial hardship or legal consequences. The brain of a gambler who is addicted responds in the same way the alcoholic brain responds to a drink. In other words, the more you feed your addiction, the more it will grow. "Pathological gambling is recognized as a medical disorder by the American Psychiatric Association and has elements of addiction similar to alcohol and drug addiction. It describes a gambler who loses control over gambling behavior with damaging personal, social and financial effects. Very often, the pathological gambler suffers from legal problems. Because the gambler is losing control it is referred to by mental health practitioners as an impulse disorder. Pathological gambling is a progressive disease, meaning that the symptoms will get worse over time" (www.library.ca.gov). Impulsivity is an aspect of a person's personality. People who are impulsive are more prone to gambling because of their personality. The impulse to gamble cannot be controlled. Not all impulsive people will develop gambling problems.

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Setting Limits on Electronics

It is important to establish electronic rules for children. Most children are intrigued by electronics and it is the easiest way to preoccupy them if you need to do something around the house. Most parents however do not know how to set rules and boundaries to limit screen time. A lot of times, I hear parents tell me their child is addicted to screens. They can play video games all day and leave their priorities behind. Parents do not know how to handle the use of screens or how to discipline their child who is constantly on their phone or playing games.

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