Other Types of Addiction
People think about death differently. Some are so terrified of it they develop thanatophobia (death anxiety). Others experience debilitating grief over a loved one’s passing and become clinically depressed. Still, others find peace and happiness as death approaches.
Many people don’t consider caffeine a drug, but it is the most commonly used mood-altering drug in the world. While about 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide a day, tea, chocolate, cocoa beverages, soft drinks and energy drinks also contain varying amounts of caffeine.
If you’ve ever been asked to show your I.D. when purchasing cough medicine for yourself, you’ve likely taken dextromethorphan. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is a drug commonly found in over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. It’s also gained a reputation for drug misuse, especially in teens and young adults.
Facebook continued to be the most popular social media site in 2014, but evidence is mounting that much of its lure is due to social media addiction, which shares many similarities to drug addiction in the brain. Seventy percent of Facebook users interact with the website every day, according to a new Pew Research Center report, and 45 percent do so multiple times per day. However, studies showing how the brain responds to social media use, as well as general findings about who is most at risk of Facebook addiction, provide compelling evidence that—like the gambling and tobacco industries—social media sites are profiting from their customers’ addictions.
Smartphones are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of daily life, but how do we draw the distinction between ordinary use and addiction? Dr. David Greenfield, an expert in technology and Internet addictions, suggests that as many as 90 percent of Americans overuse, abuse or misuse their smartphones, and he has developed a diagnostic quiz to help people determine if they fall into this category. The rates of full-fledged addiction are likely much lower, but are you at risk of becoming addicted to your smartphone?
When a witness is asked to give testimony in a court trial, she s asked to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If she fails to do so and her dishonesty is discovered, she could be charged with perjury and be sent to prison herself.
Fortunately, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies do not enforce such stringent standards with respect to normal social communications. If they did, the entire American population would now have a criminal record. Social lying is not exactly an epidemic, but it is a custom that to some extent is expected and even tolerated, as long as the lies are not too outrageous and do not put other people in danger. It has often been said that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, and when it comes to lying, each one of us has an unrestricted panoramic view of the cultural countryside that surrounds us.
You hear it everywhere these days – gluten-free. There are entire shelves at the grocery store devoted to gluten-free products. Since the market share for gluten-free specialty foods is growing by nearly 30 percent every year, the number of shelves given over to those products will likely continue to grow as well.
Strident, screeching chatter. Prodding, coaxing, cajoling that never abates. Voices so loud and imposing you can’t sleep. Anorexics, bulimics, and food addicts of all stripes know the sound. We all have “the voice in our head,” our inner voice that directs and guides us. We all hear the playback of voices from our past. But this other voice is wholly different – it has no relationship to oneself or any experience in the past. Though completely contained within our own heads, some of us hear it as vividly as if someone were speaking to us.
Millions of people just can’t stop clicking. Their everyday life is marked by excessive Internet use, and a compulsion to continue using the Internet even though they face personal and workplace consequences.
A national gambling task force recommended that colleges and universities treat campus gambling problems the same way they treat alcohol abuse among students.
A new study suggests that kids who are depressed, hostile, or have ADHD or social phobia are more likely to develop an addiction to the Internet than other adolescents.
While moderate exercise is necessary for a healthy lifestyle, taking it too far can lead to an unhealthy addiction. Although exercise addiction is not a new concept, it has been getting more attention lately due to a new study that showed that excessive exercise in rats can be addicting.