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Warning: The Vast Majority of Psychologists Suffer from Serious Addiction Problem (& a Contest for You)!

This addiction causes a variety of problematic symptoms such as confusion, difficulty in communicating, laziness, and loss of memory. Very few psychologists have sought treatment for this issue and most don’t even have a desire to do so. The major psychological associations and organizations have yet to issue warnings about this problem; indeed we doubt that they ever will. AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) offers little hope for those who have this disorder and in fact, may actually contribute to the problem itself. DSM IV (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) used by most psychologists also adds fuel to the fire and has completely failed to consider its inclusion in the next edition. Even our esteemed colleague’s book,  Addicted? Recognizing Destructive Behaviors Before It’s Too Late (by Marilyn Freimuth, Ph.D.) failed to deal with this issue, representing the lone omission of an otherwise fine piece of work.

We ourselves have fallen prey to this pernicious issue in spite of having written six (and counting) For Dummies books. Of all people, we should have addressed this concern before now. Well, we feel strongly that it’s time to call attention to this addiction and do something about it! Unless we act, we fear that most of the general public will become so disgusted with psychologists’ behavior that they will abandon seeking their services entirely.

The problem is AA itself. No, not Alcoholics Anonymous, but Acronym Addiction (AA)! Yes my friends, AA may be the worst, un-dealt with issue psychologists face today–except that they are not facing it. In order to draw attention to this disorder, we have decided to hold a contest. Below we list 20 of our personal, favorite acronyms. This list is far from all inclusive. For the first five people who respond with the greatest number of “correct” answers, we will you send your choice of a free copy of one of our FDBs (For Dummies Books) listed below.

You may find yourself objecting to the idea of “right” answers and you probably should because most of these acronyms absolutely have multiple possible meanings. You see, us psychologists usually admit that we cannot read minds. But we do expect you to read ours! Therefore, the acronyms in “our heads” are the definitive answers for this contest. Unfair, to be sure. But who said life is? Thus, you must agree to allow the judges decisions TBF (to be final). We will be working from our list of “right” answers; thus, judging will not be capricious, just a tad unfair. And you may only provide one response for each acronym! (Any reply that gives more than one answer for each acronym will be TO–thrown out.) You can post your answers here or you may e-mail us through this address:

[email protected]

We plan to cut this contest off one week from now on August 10th. We hope you have fun. Before you begin, please heed our warning: Do not enter this admittedly unfair contest if you suffer from either AP (acronym phobia) or EMBFS (everything must be fair syndrome)!



Please let us also know the book you would like to receive should you be a winner:

BPDFD (Borderline Personality For Dummies)

SADFD (Seasonal Affective Disorder For Dummies)

OCDFD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies)

OAFD (Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies)

Warning: The Vast Majority of Psychologists Suffer from Serious Addiction Problem (& a Contest for You)!

Charles H. Elliott, Ph.D.

Charles H. Elliott, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a member of the faculty at Fielding Graduate University. He specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults with obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, anger, depression, and personality disorders. Dr. Elliott is coauthor of: Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies (2nd Ed), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, Seasonal Affective Disorder For Dummies, Anxiety and Depression Workbook For Dummies, Depression For Dummies, Why Can't I Get What I Want?, Why Can’t I Be the Parent I Want to Be?, and Hollow Kids: Recapturing the Soul of a Generation Lost to the Self-Esteem Myth. His website is:

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Elliott, C. (2009). Warning: The Vast Majority of Psychologists Suffer from Serious Addiction Problem (& a Contest for You)!. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2020, from


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