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The question of whether or not behavioural addictions are real addictions is one that has been debated for years. The answer is yes. Behavioural addictions are defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) as "a cluster of symptoms that reflect excessive engagement in a specific behavior." This includes anything from compulsive spending, to sex addiction, to video game addiction, to shopping addiction.
To determine if you have a behavioural addiction, ask yourself these questions:
Do you feel like you can't control your actions when it comes to your addictive behaviours?
Have you tried to stop engaging in your addictive behaviour but failed?
Has your life become unmanageable because of your addictive behaviours?
Do you spend more time thinking about your addictive behaviours than doing things that are important to you?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then it is likely that you have a behavioural addiction.
Gambling disorder affects an estimated 2% - 3% of adults in the United States. In addition, approximately 1% of adolescents suffer from pathological gambling.
There are two main forms of treatment for gambling disorders: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and medication. CBT focuses on changing the way gamblers perceive themselves and their environment. Medications are used to treat the underlying causes of the disorder.
Internet gaming disorder is characterised by a preoccupation with online games, loss of interest in other activities and problems controlling how much time is spent playing.
The World Health Organisation recently added internet gaming disorder to its list of conditions requiring further study.
Shopping addiction is one of the most common behavioural addictions. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), almost half of all Americans struggle with compulsive buying.
People who compulsively shop tend to spend more money than they make, buy things they do not need and find it difficult to stop once they start. They may even feel guilty when they don't go shopping.
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