The Psychology of Addiction

People who are not addicted to illicit substances may wonder how people get addicted, and why they would put themselves in a position that compromises many aspects of their life. Truth is, addicts often have little control over the psychological ...

Jul 15

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction


9 Warning Signs of Exercise Addiction

How much exercise is too much exercise? Here are some warning signs to look out for.

Jul 1

Categories: Addictions


3 Triggers that Cause Us to Reach for Our Phone

Just think of how much time is being spent staring at that screen. How often are we distracting ourselves from more important things? How much additional time is spent getting back on task? What are we missing out on in our day to day lives, or in ...

Jun 22

Categories: Addictions


10 Keys to Recovery

The must-haves for recovery from mental illness or addiction.

Jun 6

Categories: Addictions, Mental Health in Asia


Fearful 'Memories' Passed Between Generations

New study on mice suggests parents' fears can be passed on to their children. Implications of the study on understanding alcohol addiction, phobias and anxiety are discussed.

Dec 27

Categories: Addictions, Anxiety, Other, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / ...


Social Media, Loneliness, and Anxiety in Young People

Is there a role for social media in perpetuating anxiety through feelings of disconnection and loneliness? At first glance, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter seem to be a modern means of facilitating our connectedness with others, ...

Dec 16

Categories: Addictions, Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social Isolation


Why Sugar is So Addictive?

Addiction is a medical condition in which the person has uncontrollable desire to take a substance or engage in an activity, despite knowing that it may lead to adverse effects. Taking that substance or engaging in that activity will make the person ...

Nov 4

Categories: Addictions, Eating Disorders


Diabetes Drug for Addiction Treatment

A relatively new class of drugs, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, have had much success in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Now, these drugs may offer support in the treatment of addiction and drug abuse.

Oct 7

Categories: Addictions


Psychologists scramble to keep up with growing social media addiction

FOMO, FOBO, and NoMo are among a growing list of acronyms relating to people's fear of not being able to check their social media feed. This reflects the phenomenon of social media addiction, and the issue has psychologists scrambling to keep up.

Sep 29

Categories: Addictions, Teenage Issues


WHO meeting to review public health implications of excessive use of ...

The Meeting on Policy and Programme Responses to Mental and Behavioural Disorders associated with Excessive Use of the Internet and other Communication and Gaming Platforms co-organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of ...

Sep 7

Categories: Addictions


Study Supports New Strategy to Fight Cocaine Addiction

An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has found strong evidence supporting a new strategy against drug addiction. The researchers showed that a compound that inhibits the activity of certain brain-cell ...

Aug 22

Categories: Addictions


Hitting Rock Bottom: Some, Not All

Hitting rock bottom is a phrase I hear all the time when people talk about addiction. Yet, what does it mean to hit rock bottom?

Jun 14

Categories: Addictions


Why are some people more attached to their phones than others?

Some people frequently check and re-check their mobile phones. Once this impulse is triggered, it may be more a question of not being able to leave the device alone than actually hoping to gain some reward from it.

Mar 30

Categories: Addictions, Inattention, Impulsivity, & Hyperactivity (ADHD)


Playing Action Video Games: Suicide Attempt Capabilities Increases

Among individuals already thinking about suicide, those who play action video games may be significantly more capable of attempting it than those who play other video game categories, according to a new study.

Mar 30

Categories: Addictions, Suicide Prevention


Is moderate drinking really good for you?

Many people believe a glass of wine with dinner will help them live longer and healthier -- but the scientific evidence is shaky at best, according to a new research analysis.

Mar 29

Categories: Addictions, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology

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