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Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Research indicates that 66 percent of people across the United States and Britain suffer from something called nomophobia, which is the fear of being separated from their mobile phones. As the information age develops and matures, unhealthy cell phone behavior continues to grow. Tens of millions of people are literally addicted to their cell phones, especially smartphones, and feel panicked, anxious and afraid when deprived of their devices. Some argue that cell phones, computers, and other high … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Research

The Deal Is…Online Drug Dealing

The Deal Is…Online Drug Dealing

  When people think of mass drug deals, they usually think of alleys, dangerous streets, or gangs. However, the reality of the situation is that one of the most common and potentially dangerous culprits is right under our noses, in something that we use every day: the internet. From the now infamous Silk Road to less secure networks that operate through listings for houses or jobs, the internet is becoming a place for people to buy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

What You Crave and Why

What You Crave and Why

People may experience different cravings that compel them to compulsively seek foods, substances or behaviors. Cravings that repeatedly arise have the potential to give birth to full-on addiction if not well-managed. Most of the time, someone’s cravings are only satiated by what they crave. Usually that’s something that isn’t necessarily good for us, such as fast food, ice cream, alcohol, drugs or watching TV. There are some cases where cravings that arise lead us to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders, Eating disorders, Featured, Substance Abuse

Get Smart About Smart Phones: Put Them Down – Media Multi-Tasking Causes Depression, Anxiety?

Get Smart About Smart Phones: Put Them Down – Media Multi-Tasking Causes Depression, Anxiety?

  Today’s everyday life looks a little something like this: Check Facebook. Check Twitter. Check the news, your e-mail, your phone, whatever other accounts you have…okay, you’re all busy, I get it. But the extra 5 or 10 minutes it would take to slow down may be worth improving your mental health and sanity. A new study has found a strong link between media multi-tasking—using more than one electronic device at once—and depression, as well as social … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News, Mental Illness, Research

Your Facebook Addiction Can Lead to Poor Self-Esteem

  Countless articles have been written in recent years focusing on the downfalls of social media.  Two recent studies have been published that reiterate the fact that there are major negative consequences to social media. One new study showed that social media can become addictive for many people.  The study polled 1,000 people and asked them about their Facebook usage.  Eighty-five percent of the people said they used Facebook as part of their daily routines.  One-third of the people said they just use Facebook to stay on top of things.  The other two-thirds of the people said they used it in their free time to fill the void of boredom. Twenty-five percent of the people admitted to feeling withdrawal-like symptoms when they cannot log on to Facebook routinely.  An interesting finding—yet predictable if … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Research

The Genes and Genesis of Internet Addiction

The Genes and Genesis of Internet Addiction

  Recent research from German scientists led by Christian Montag at the University of Bonn found that individuals showing signs of internet addiction were more likely to possess a mutation of the CHRNA4 gene than their non-internet addicted counterparts (Gannon). This gene abnormality is commonly associated with nicotine addiction.  The mutation was more commonly seen in female internet addicts than male, and, as such Montag hypothesized, it may have to do with the types of websites women … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News

Internet Addiction: Just as Bad as the Real Thing?

  Internet addiction disorder (IAD), or, more broadly, Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use, is excessive computer use that interferes with daily life.  These terms avoid the word “addiction” and are not limited to any single cause.  Internet addiction can affect almost everyone who has a computer and cannot turn it off.  I am not a full-fledged internet addict—fortunately—but I do come very close to it.  I am sadly on the internet almost as soon as I come home, though it doesn’t consume me like my other addictions which I am sober from now, alcohol and weed.  But it does take me away from other, more productive things I could be doing. It is hard living in a society where the internet is everywhere and almost everything is run … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction

Piracetam: My Experience with Nootropics

Piracetam: My Experience with Nootropics

  Who saw that movie Limitless?  I am sorry to reference such a distasteful new-age American film, but the principle behind it has relevance— I promise.  Don’t you wish you could take a drug that broadened your capacity to learn?  This rings particularly true in the realms of intellect and knowledge.  I take pride in what I know and the rate at which I learn things.  My ego likes to give its two-cents in areas of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Featured

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