Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)
Excessive computer use that negatively impacts one’s daily life activities. Take Dr. Kimberly Young’s questionnaire to determine your level of IAD. (netaddiction.com)
Problem gambling is any gambling that causes harm to the gambler or someone else in any way.
- Preoccupation: The subject has frequent thoughts about gambling experiences, whether past, future or fantasy.
- Tolerance: As with drug tolerance, the subject requires larger, more frequent wagers to experience the same “rush.”
- Withdrawal: The subject experiences restlessness or irritability associated with attempts to cease or reduce gambling.
- Escape: The subject gambles to improve mood or escape problems.
- Chasing: The subject tries to win back gambling losses with more gambling.
- Lying: The subject tries to hide the extent of his or her gambling by lying to family, friends or therapists.
- Loss of Control: The person has unsuccessfully attempted to reduce gambling.
- Illegal Acts: The person has broken the law in order to obtain gambling money or recover gambling losses. This may include acts of theft, embezzlement, fraud or forgery.
- Risked Significant Relationship: The person gambles despite risking or losing a relationship, job or other significant opportunity.
- Bailout: The person turns to family, friends, or another third party for financial assistance as a result of gambling. – DSM-IV
Sex addicts engage in distorted thinking, often rationalizing and justifying their behavior and blaming others for problems. They generally deny they have a problem and make excuses for their actions.
From hitting the mall with your girlfriends on a Saturday afternoon, to holiday spending on gifts that go under the tree, shopping could be called one of America’s favorite pastimes.
For most people, it means some new clothes for work or a small trinket for a friend. For others, however, shopping is much more than an enjoyable pastime and, in some cases, it is a real and destructive addiction that can turn into a financial disaster.