Addiction is a disorder of the Brain’s reward system. It’s a state characterised by repeated and compulsive engagement in a rewarding stimuli, despite knowledge and experience of adverse consequences.
Behavioral addiction is a repeated and compulsive engagement in non-substance related behavior that is rewarding, despite any adverse physical, mental, social and financial consequences.
Types of excessive behaviors identified as being addictive include gambling, food, sexual intercourse, use of pornography, use of internet, excessive exercise and shopping.
Symptoms of ADDICTION
Though most people engage in activities such as shopping, exercise, eating and gambling, it is not termed as an addiction until the behaviour:
- Starts to have disruptive impact in relationship and work
- is difficult to stop, despite mental, physical, financial and social consequences
- pattern of indulgence become extreme or chronic, often hiding the behaviour from other family members
At Psynaptica we use psychotherapeutic approaches such as Cognitive behavior Therapy (CBT) and our focus is on helping our clients in identifying patterns of abuse and making lifestyle changes to healthier behaviors.