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Five Potential Addictions We Sometimes Overlook

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  1. One thing addicts might find useful is that it is anticipation more than consumption that gets those dopamine receptors active. And while highly palatable foods damage the brain, foods high in B6 and other activities can mend the same pleasure/impulse control areas that are decimated by pizza. The bad news on food addiction is very bad indeed, but the good news is that, with daily maintenance of the right food plan and plan of action, it is an addiction that can be lived with in a certain amount of peace.

    • Are you saying that taking B6 can help overcome some

  2. My girlfriend has so many addictions, I feel I cannot help her in any way. Caffeine, cigs, non-prescription drugs (Tylenol PM) Alcohol and all at the same time. Told her she is destroying her liver.

  3. Through observation, I have noticed an addiction to habit, or ritual. Almost an addiction to addiction, if you like? An individual with numerous habitual behaviours has only to perform an activity once, and it becomes a daily “must do”. This relates to something as seemingly insignificant as the construction of a cheese and cracker supper. Totally secured in daily habits……

  4. I was surprised that computer gaming wasn’t listed here. I have seen this addiction destroy relationships and isloate people. I keep on wondering how long it will be before we start hearing of the addictive/harmful qualitites of electronic gaming.

  5. Six. Shopping.

  6. I can attest to the addictive power of sugar. As a two year old child, my grandmother would give me a full-sized bag of cookies and I would sit down and finish the entire bag in one sitting. It’s no wonder I weighed 60 lbs when I was two.

    White chocolate was my achilles heel. If I had one piece, I couldn’t stop. It triggered something that made me eat more and more.

    I finally discovered the best way to control sugar intake was to not eat any food with added sugar. I also, as an experiment, eliminated artificial sweeteners and for the first time in my life, experienced the sensation of “too sweet”. I now experience an unpleasant sensation with anything sweeter than a berry.

  7. Another excessive behavior that maybe 10-25% of Americans overlook is their dependency on virtual technologies. Since the early 1990s and up to the present, many studies’ findings show patterns of addiction to Internet and cell phone use similar to chemical addiction. Behavioral addictions relative to information and communication technology (ICT) should be included in the list of overlooked and underestimated addictive behaviors that augment problematic use.

  8. 30 days without coffee? Alright, you’ve convinced me I’m an addict.

  9. These addictions are becoming more accepted. I don’t get so many strange looks any more when I tell my doctors I try to cut sugar out as a way to keep my moods stable. I read about this back in the 70’s and noticed the sugar highs did set off mania and then crashed into depressions when there wasn’t anything to mantain with. I didn’t have a weight problem, but moody, yep. Eliminating corn syrup and added sugar is still the best way to stay healthy and stable for me.

  10. re the coffee addiction item while there is no doubt what is present can be considered valid however i invite comment on
    a adult 220# male had in his 30 prior ears consumed around 40 yes 40 cups of coffe plus a bottle of 25 anacin a day to releive the pain he felt during the fall winter seasonal changes did the same thing for the winter spring seasonal changes. this self medication was reduced to perhaps 2 or 3 cups of coffee during the other seasons. having sustained a depressed skull fracture at the age of 10 which was not addressed until his early sixties nor obviated to the neurosurgeon who post auto accident trauma removed 25 to 40% of his right temporal lobe around his 21st year. sent home from that trauma the man was informed he was provided two choices to address the problems first of looks the scars from surgery scared the hell out of family members his frankenstien look was great at halloween but equally scary to others as he waited in the s.s.i. benefit application line so he had no recourse to use what he could find to kill the pain. booze and drugs were beyond his near impoversihed life style so the we have done all we can for your now you are on your own wasw in effect on the day of his being turfed from the hospital was to realize the fact he was sent home to find a way to fixthe pain we know you will have for the rest of your life by yourself of die.
    the man used the info gained from persons who had experienced similar but not as dramatic events in thier lives and found until being intriduced to seal oil derived omega 3 e.p.u.f.a. suplements any and all the suggestions offered save drugs and alchol, he was raised in a family of closet alcholics, one of its members was a psychiatrist whose specialty was addressing the issues of sexual deviance, another a sociopath while two others have proven themselves to have the category of pathological liar attached to thier personas.
    so given all that what would any of your readers do where they subject to what has been related above and consider that is only a minor aspect of what he has endured thus far in his life time.

  11. I’m surprised use of technologies/internet wasn’t on the list, especially over tanning. In reach of more information, we can get quite easily distracted by the internet, cellphones, among other things.

  12. Arent these OCD issues instead of addictions,there arent any physical withdrawals like with opiates etc. there are emtional problems anxiety, depression etc. This has always concerned me that it minimizes addiction to where everything is addictive and people think its a cop out. Just a thought.

  13. @Rich: Excessive “virtual technology use” is more closely linked to “behavioral addictions.” Internet addiction, for example, can be diagnostically assessed utilizing criteria for pathological gambling (an ICD). There appears to be similar patterns in the etiology of chemical addiction symptoms to behavioral addiction symptoms. Numerous studies since the 1990’s have explored virtual addictions and many symptoms expressed such as Salience, Withdrawal, Escapism/Dysphoric relief, Tolerance, Mood modification, Relapse, Cognitive distortion, Conflict/Loss in occupation and interpersonal domains, and resorting to Antisocial behaviors are evident. When five or more of these factors are endorsed by a sufferer, there is high concern problematic use is experienced. The problem is that many of us use the word “addiction” quite loosely. Criteria must be met to underscore the meaning of addiction; whether an inividual drinks and smokes ‘too much’ or whether they watch TV and Compute’too much.’ And in most cases, depression, anxiety and neuroticism undeviatingly are strong predictors in these excessive behaviors.


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