Smartphone addiction causes brain chemistry imbalance

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As a career therapist since 1979 who decided to traverse a professional writing path beginning a bit less than a decade later, I have blended two of my passions; guiding people on their own journeys and communicating the thoughts that insist on being documented for posterity. Lofty pursuits? Perhaps. Fraught with challenges and responsibility for integrity? Absolutely. Thus, this article. A week ago, Psych Central published a piece called, “How the President’s Communication Style Is Like That Of An Abusive Parent”. Like much that I write, I couldn’t NOT do it. Some concepts are ripe for the picking...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Aging Minding the Media Personal Trauma Authenticity Politics Self-Doubt Stigma Trauma Informed care Vulnerability Source Type: blogs
AbstractPeople with comorbid bipolar and substance use disorders are complex, whose families experienced challenges contributing significantly to their burden of care. The aim of the study was to explore these lived experiences of family members caring for relatives, as well as the situations or contexts in which they experience these. A qualitative phenomenological research approach with explorative, descriptive research designs was adopted. In-depth phenomenological interviews were done with six purposive selected participants. Phenomenological data analyses focusing on the textural (lived experience) and structural (the...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
Authors: Morgiève M, N'Diaye K, Nguyen-Khac A, Mallet L, Briffault X Abstract In the international context of efforts to combat the stigmatization of people with mental health problems, representations and attitudes about these illnesses have not to date been widely investigated in France. However, new technologies offer an unprecedented opportunity to collect such information on a large scale and to deploy more efficient action against stigma. OBJECTIVES: The Crazy'App survey was designed as an instrument for studying potentially stigmatizing representations and attitudes towards mental disorders. It as...
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  It’s often claimed (and not without good reason) that we are addicted to technology, from the tiny screens of our phones and the temptations of social media to the progressively bigger screens of that multi-generational babysitter: our televisions. But is it actually true that we have such an addiction? This episode looks at the effects of technology on our personal and social lives. You’ll hear about how technology is a double-edged sword, making our lives easier and more complicated at the same time. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to form and maintain a healthy balance in your relationship...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General Technology The Psych Central Show Gabe Howard Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs
Much of what we think we know about cannabis may soon change as a result of new research that uncovers some surprising facts. Indeed, the topic, which can be emotionally charged, is the focus of intense scientific study. Is cannabis good for you? Is it addictive? What long-term harms can use cause? The answers to these questions are multi-layered and not always clear-cut, which is why cannabis research continues with even more urgency. FACTS ON CANNABIS ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCE Current estimates are that one in 10 cannabis users will develop cannabis addiction or dependence. The potency of the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol ...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Habits Healthy Living Memory and Perception Miscellaneous Drugs Neuroscience Substance Abuse Source Type: news
Clinical and epidemiological research suggests that behavioral addictions (BA) are associated with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. However, the relationship between BA and bipolar disorders (BD) has not been thoroughly explored. The aim of this systematic review was to critically summarize and evaluate the current available evidence regarding a possible association between BA and BD. A systematic review of major electronic databases according to PRISMA guidelines was conducted from inception to 31st December 2017.
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In this study, we investigated the effects of two novel smartphone interventions on cognitive flexibility and OCD symptoms in healthy individuals with OCD-like contamination fears. In the first intervention, participants watched a brief video recording of themselves engaging in handwashing on a smartphone, four times a day, for a total of one week (N=?31). The second intervention was similar except that participants watched themselves repeatedly touching a disgust-inducing object (N=?31). In a third (control) “intervention”, participants watched themselves performing sequential hand movements (N=?31). As hypoth...
Source: SharpBrains - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology app Brain-Training brain-training-app cognitive-flexibility handwashing obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD smartphone Source Type: blogs
This picture has nothing to do with this week’s Psychology Around the Net. I just love fall! What does have to do with this week’s post is “priming” and how it can help women stop shying away from competition, a first-of-its-kind survey that lets mental health consumers tell scientists what they want them to study, overdose prevention kits popping up on college campuses, and more. Closing the Gender Gap in Competitiveness With a Psychological Trick: Often, women tend to shy away from competition more than men do, and this could be a reason many women are still at a disadvantage when it comes to care...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Bipolar College Depression Habits Happiness Industrial and Workplace Psychology Psychology Around the Net Research Substance Abuse Women's Issues Bipolar Disorder buying competition Competitiveness Depression and Source Type: blogs
   When future NFL player Erik Coleman was eleven years old, he discovered that both of his parents were addicts (one to alcohol, one to harder drugs). This was a traumatic discovery, but made worse when, one day, he returned home from school to find his father had moved out. Erik shares this and more with us, including how this affected him as a child and as an adult, even through his years playing in the NFL. He shares his thoughts on what is most important for children of addicts to know, and of what happened to his parents later in life. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! Show High...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Family General The Psych Central Show Erik Coleman Gabe Howard Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs
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