Internet Addiction

Internet Addiction

  Excessive time spent on the internet or the computer can be as bad for you as any other type of addiction.  Symptoms of internet addiction can include depression, weight loss or gain, diminishing interest in work or school, carpal tunnel syndrome, decreased fitness level (which has its own dangers), and dry eyes, to name a few. Insomnia may also develop as a result of the light that interferes with the pineal gland. Over time, web addicts may get much less sleep which begins to affect melatonin production and cortisol levels. These factors can affect the ability to think clearly, cause increased weight gain and irritability. People who are lonely… Read More

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Doing What You Love

Doing What You Love

  Doing what you love is an important part of one’s recovery. A successful career choice allows one to express passions and earn income. Working for one company for decades and then retiring with a pension, as past generations did, is history. Corporate loyalty is gone, replaced by a freelance marketplace in which everyone is always hustling for the next project or the next client. Today, when creating a career in any field, you want to find as many ways as you can to generate income. It could be considered ‘taking care of yourself’ by connecting with your passion in life and finding a way to monetize it, in order… Read More

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Types Of Bipolar Disorder

Types of Bipolar Disorder

Maybe you’ve heard the term “bipolar” used to describe someone who’s moody, or who has mood swings, but this colloquial use of the term is different from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder, which used to be called manic depression, is a serious mental illness that causes a person to have dramatic shifts in emotions, mood, and energy levels: moving from extreme lows to extreme highs. These shifts don’t happen moment to moment, they usually happen over several days or weeks. There are a few different types of bipolar disorders, but there are some common features. First, the low moods are identical to those in a related disorder – major depressive disorder,… Read More

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Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin is a derivative of opium which affects the reward centers in the brain initially producing a rush of euphoria and providing pain relief. Those effects are short lived however, and as a tolerance to the drug develops, people take it again and again in greater and greater doses hoping to find the same effect.  Continued of heroin and a user can expect a host of health issues including, high risk for hepatitis C and HIV, dental problems, chronic respiratory illness, sexual impotence, skin issues, and depression. Heroin use is also associated with higher risks of being incarcerated, being the victim of a violent crime, and early death. The powerfully… Read More

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Trauma In People With Addiction

Trauma in People with Addiction

Traumatic events can leave a person feeling unstable long after the event has passed. Sometimes trauma can cause post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. PTSD occurs when trauma and associated feelings are not resolved. Symptoms of PTSD include: sleep disturbance, nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, excessive fears, impulsivity and addictive behaviors. People with unresolved trauma often turn to alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate. this may alleviate their stress temporarily but it is never a long-term solution eventually substance abuse becomes yet another source of pain and trouble for an already suffering person. Lifestyle choices can also put a substance abuser in harm’s way far more often than the general public. While… Read More

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The Risks Of Internet Gambling

The Risks of Internet Gambling

The American Psychiatric Association guidelines for diagnosing a gambling addiction doesn’t distinguish between placing bets in a physical location like a casino or race track and over the internet. That being stated, aspects of online gambling make it potentially more addictive and therefore, harder to recover from. Online gambling is available 24/7 via computer or mobile device, anywhere there’s an internet connection. Internet anonymity makes it easier to avoid traditional barriers to participation. This has resulted in a new generation of problem gamblers: teens and young adults, particularly young men. In private, players can easily consume drugs or excessive alcohol which can increase the amount of time spent gambling and… Read More

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