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What are your thoughts on behavioral addiction concerning its validity and on whether it can be passed on genetically?

Main Entry: ad·dic·tion
Pronunciation: \ə-ˈdik-shən, a-\
Function: noun
Date: 1599

1 : the quality or state of being addicted <addiction to reading>
2 : compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful


I think behavioral addictions are hugely over-diagnosed and the nature of some such as video gaming addictions are iffy. It may be far fetched, but it seems that doctors gain quite a lot from coming up with these new addictions and would sorely miss the revenue that came with them if they ceased to exist.
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I think behavioral addictions are hugely over-diagnosed and the nature of some such as video gaming addictions are iffy. It may be far fetched, but it seems that doctors gain quite a lot from coming up with these new addictions and would sorely miss the revenue that came with them if they ceased to exist.

Doctors don't "come up with them", the media does and they're spawned regardless if they have a name or not.

Of course they're real. Here in soviet sweden doctors don't get paid per patient btw so they don't really gain anything from having a large numbers of patients
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The term addiction is also sometimes applied to compulsions that are not substance-related, such as problem gambling and computer addiction. In these kinds of common usages, the term addiction is used to describe a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences, as deemed by the user himself to his individual health, mental state, or social life.


I'm not a big believer of them.

Tiger Woods went to rehab for his "sex addiction", which was put on him so he wouldn't be blamed as much for cheating on his wife.

But who am I to say? I'm not a doctor or scientist that studies human behavior. They could be real.

I just think you can pretty much control yourself and prevent yourself from doing behaviors, unless they are also fueled by substance addiction, or you have a chemical addiction.
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I just think you can pretty much control yourself and prevent yourself from doing behaviors, unless they are also fueled by substance addiction, or you have a chemical addiction.


Yes, they don't lose much from making them up and people having rehab for them seems dumb. I saw a video where the guy says that "a video game, a computer, can act identically as a drug" .... just seems like a little bit of bullshit.

source: http://www.videojug.com/interview/computer-gaming-addiction
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thanks for the dictionary definition of addiction though

i think sometimes there are actual addictions to something like alcohol and drugs etc. but it's also an excuse to get out of something because there isn't really a clinical way to test for addictions because it's in your mind
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Depends what the addiction is. You can be addicted to alcohol physically or psychologically, usually both, but someone who is the second can give up without getting psysiological symptoms. Physical addictions can be passed on, but it's not genetic- a mother who smokes will have a child that craves nicotine.
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I use my computer all the tie and play a decent amount of games on it, but during school, theres times when I hardly use it other than checking my email for a few seconds. People just need to learn to get off their asses.
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I'm assuming you're not talking about drug or alcohol addictions, because those are very, very real, and you'll know if you're an addict or not, and so will th doctor.

As for other addictions, like porn, sex or whatever, it depends on the person and the situation. I mean, you can be addicted to sports (which is also a physical addiction), and I'm pretty sure you can be mentally addicted to just about anything.
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Anything which creates pleasure is potentially addictive.
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I think behavioral addictions are hugely over-diagnosed and the nature of some such as video gaming addictions are iffy. It may be far fetched, but it seems that doctors gain quite a lot from coming up with these new addictions and would sorely miss the revenue that came with them if they ceased to exist.



There is some truth to this, only a shred. If we take a look at the original DSM (the manual for diagnosing mental illnesses) there wasn't many entries. In the upcoming issue (number 5) there's going to be over a thousand, or so some people's estimates suggest. Essentially over time more conditions have been "discovered".

That said, an addiction isn't really considered such until it has a biological basis and it effects functioning/day-to-day life. So addiction to gaming is entirely plausible, just as much as gambling, drugs, alcohol, nicotine, etc.
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"LEARNED BEHAVIOR" Can any of us tell the difference between true psychotic people and others who picked up psychotic behavior through being raised by psychotic people. Example, there is this dude that lives across the street who has a bipolar mom. I can't tell if the dude is truly bipolar himself as well or he just picked up the behavior from him momwho raised him.