People who have an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using, it may even reach a point at which it is harmful. Addictions do not only include physical things such as alcohol or drugs, but can include virtually anything such as gambling to seemingly harmless products such as chocolate.
Addiction refers to a substance dependence or behavioural addiction. A habit may develop into an addiction eventually.
The use of substances or becoming engaged in activities without any significant problems is common however some people may experience psychological or physical effects when their habit becomes an addiction.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1What is the difference between a habit and an addiction?
- 2What are the causes of an addiction?
- 3What are the symptoms of Addiction?
- 4How does monitoring brain waves aid Addiction?
- 5What are the Benefits of Brain Training?
An addiction has a psychological/ physical component where the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without assistance due to the mental or physical conditions involved. A habit is done out of choice, and a person can choose to stop if they wanted to. Simply put, you are in control of your choices, whereas with an addiction you are not.
The causes of addiction vary considerably and are often misunderstood. They are generally caused by a combination of physical, mental, circumstantial and emotional factors. Addiction, often referred to as dependency often leads to tolerance. The person who has the addiction often tends to need larger and more regular amounts of the thing they are addicted to in order to feel the same effect.
Addiction interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Users are often not aware that their behaviour is out of control and causing problems for themselves or others.
- The prime symptom of addiction is the inability to limit the use of a substance or activity beyond need which could lead to clinically significant impairment.
- Craving or compulsion to use the substance or activity.
- Recurrent use of the drug or activity escalates to achieve the desired effect, indicating tolerance.
- Attempts to stop usage produce symptoms of withdrawal—irritability, anxiety, shakes, nausea.
- Use of the substance or activity impairs work, social, and family responsibilities,
- Creates psychological impairments and interpersonal problems
- Has negative effects on health, mood, self-respect, exacerbated by the effects of the specific substance itself.
- By using a FDA approved device that monitors brain waves, it can assist doctors in diagnosing addictions in children and adults.
- This is a non-invasive brain mapping test that takes 15-20 min, which uses sensors on the scalp of the person to monitor their brainwaves. Addiction patients have clogging and fogginess in their front lob.
- After a practitioner takes a detailed MAP of the patient, they will perform a set of tasks such as playing Pac-Man with the brain.
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