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ADHD Symptoms in Adolescents & Young Adults & Digital Media

A recent Study Published in JAMA of digital media use and ADHD symptoms is yet another example of how our increased screen time and use of social media is not necessarily doing our young adults and adolescents any favors. This study conducted over two years in Los Angeles county followed 10th graders (15 & 16 year olds) to see what, …

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Screen Time & Adolescent Depression

In a recent study reported in Medscape from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of previous studies regarding screen time and depression. Results indicated that when adolescents and preadolescents were exposed to more than 2 hours per day of screen time, their depression rates increased. Longer screen time per day was associated with an increased risk …

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Social Media & Depression

The higher use of social media has been suspected to be a catalyst for young people’s higher rates of depression compared to previous generations. New research suggests that, indeed, there is a relationship between one’s use of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, etc.) and depression. The April, 2016, issue of Depression and Anxiety reported a study in …

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Divorce is not Inevitable

Shielding your relationship from Divorce The break of a relationship is a painful experience. No one starts a marriage expecting to divorce. Yet a significant percentage of marriages eventually do end in a divorce. So what does it take to insulate your relationship from the series of choices that bring the relationship to an end? Professionals agree that valuing, prioritizing …

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Additions and Working Through Life’s Challenges

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

We all face problems, stressors and anxieties in our everyday lives. This is a fundamental part of the human condition, and there is no escaping this basic truth. Indeed, challenges help us to grow. The normal process is to perceive a problem and then bring our emotional and thinking abilities into play in order to solve the problem. We can …

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Recovering from Addiction

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

“Not I, nor anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it yourself.” – Walt Whitman Coming to terms with addiction may be the most important journey of a person’s life. Because the addict’s primary relationship is with the addictive substance and everything else is secondary, only used to pursue the addictive high, the addict’s safety, security …

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Components of Addictive Behaviors

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

Addictive behavior usually contains the following components: Acting Out Behavior: Addicts create a mood through a change in their behavior that sets the stage to go into the addictive high. Thus, sex addicts will purchase pornographic material. Drug addicts will make the call to the drug dealer. These “acting out” behaviors are a preliminary part of the addictive process and …

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The Stages of Recovery from Harm

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Forgiveness

Sidney and Suzanne Simon, in their book, Forgiveness, identify several stages in the process of recovery from abuse. Recovering from hurt is a challenging but potentially rewarding life task. Recovery involves – 1.) recognizing that the harm has occurred. We may cling to our old “family secrets,” or we may feel that “that was then and this is now.” Denial …

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Defining Characteristics of Addictive Behaviors

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

The addictive quest for pleasure has some defining characteristics. Many addictions aim to increase arousal. This is the all-powerful feeling that might come from cocaine, amphetamines, the first few drinks of alcohol, shoplifting, sexual acting out or gambling. This omnipotent feeling, however, is eventually undermined when the addict realizes that a dependency has been formed. A feeling of fear replaces …

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Pleasure and Addictive Behaviors

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Understanding Addictive Behavior

“To thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare We are all pleasure seekers. There are pleasure centers located within the human brain, which, when activated, are associated with feelings of euphoria. This is part of the daily cycle we all experience. During the day we go through naturally occurring periods when we feel comfortable, secure, happy, and fulfilled – …

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