Relationship Addiction

So the question is can relationships be addictive? Many of us have known one of those couples who keep breaking up only to then make up, again and again. This can be very confusing to us watching from the side lines. Can you make up your mind already? Didn’t you want to kill that person … Continue reading Relationship Addiction

Lets play games. Part I

If you ever knew someone struggling with addiction you will recognize this interaction immediately. Family members who are not addicted fall in the trap all the time without realizing it. Addicts often play the “the help rejecting complainer” game a.k.a the “why don’t you/ yes, but” game based on Eric Berne’s Games People Play. Let’s … Continue reading Lets play games. Part I

The Online Disinhibition Effect

What causes online disinhibition? What is it about cyberspace that loosens the psychological barriers that block the release of  inner feelings and needs? You Don't Know Me (dissociative anonymity): anonymity works wonders for the disinhibition effect. When people have the opportunity to separate their actions from their real world and identity, they feel less vulnerable … Continue reading The Online Disinhibition Effect

On-line gaming in teenagers

According to an article by Kimberly Young, Psy.D., Executive Director The Center for Internet Addiction Recovery titled "Understanding Online Gaming Addiction and Treatment Issues for Adolescents”Massive Muti-user Online Role-Playing Games or MMORPGs as they are often called are one of the fastest growing forms of Internet addiction, especially among children and teenagers. Like an addiction … Continue reading On-line gaming in teenagers

NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Since I believe that addictive behaviors have a obsessive-compulsive nature I thought this info would be useful. This was taken from the National Institute of Mental Health publication on Anxiety Disorders @ http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/complete-index.shtml NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. “I couldn’t do anything without rituals. They invaded every aspect of my life. Counting really bogged me down. … Continue reading NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder