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Month: October 2012

Gambling Frustration Fuels Addictive Behavior

The old question of whether a person views the glass as half-full or half-empty could be helpful when it comes to understanding what drives gambling addiction. For gamblers, close situations are rarely viewed as near-victories. Instead, they are seen as frustrating defeats. The gambler is eager to escape the frustrating feelings as soon as possible …

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The Role of Genetics in Eating Disorders

When discussing eating disorders, the role of the media often surfaces in the conversation. Many experts and eating disorder patients believe that the images of physical perfection flooding the television and print media provide an impossible ideal that women cannot reach.

Addiction and Nutritional Deficiencies

Addiction to drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco causes many hardships for the person who abuses them. Apart from relationship problems and mental health problems, addiction often produces a number of health challenges because of nutritional deficiencies. Some of these nutritional deficiencies are caused by the substance itself while others result from the behavior patterns associated with …

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Can Vegetarianism Be a Cover For an Eating Disorder?

Adopting a vegetarian diet is a decision that flows from a mind-set. It could be that a person feels that the vegetarian lifestyle is the most healthful. Others may turn to vegetarian eating because of moral convictions about the environment or animal rights. However, some use the diet to mask disordered eating.

Am I Addicted to Porn?

For most people, pornography is a quick and convenient route to sexual pleasure. Typically it is turned to when a close physical connection is either not available or not desired. Unfortunately, for some people, viewing pornography – with or without masturbation – can grow into an emotionally crippling addiction. In fact, research tells us that …

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Nutritional Effects of Alcohol and Alcoholism

Over the years, numerous studies have shown that moderate alcohol intake can produce health benefits for significant segments of the population. These studies also show that excessive alcohol intake can wipe out those benefits and create a number of serious health problems. Alcoholics, who by definition have a physical addiction to alcohol, typically drink enough …

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