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Most common types of "process addiction" or problematic behavioral health conditions includes:

What is addiction?

Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life.

Physical Signs of Addiction

The primary indications of addiction are:
  • Uncontrollably seeking drugs
  • Uncontrollably engaging in harmful levels of habit-forming behavior
  • Neglecting or losing interest in activities that do not involve the harmful substance or behavior
  • Relationship difficulties, which often involve lashing out at people who identify the dependency
  • An inability to stop using a drug, though it may be causing health problems or personal problems, such as issues with employment or relationships
  • Hiding substances or behaviors and otherwise exercising secrecy, for example, by refusing to explain injuries that occurred while under the influence
  • Profound changes in appearance, including a noticeable abandonment of hygiene
  • Increased risk-taking, both to access the substance or activity and while using it or engaging in it

Most common types of "process addiction" or problematic behavioral health conditions includes:

  • Exercise Addiction: Exercising too frequently, to the point where it is damaging and injuring the body, but one continues to exercise and not rest.
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Becoming obsessed with plastic surgery, tanning, or exercise in the quest for perfection. People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder are typically preoccupied with perceived physical defects.
  • Food Addiction: Overeating or under eating to the extreme detriment of one’s health in terms of both mind and body.
  • Gambling Addiction: Risking something of value in the hopes of gaining something of even greater value, to the detriment of yourself and loved ones, and being unable to stop.
  • Video/Internet Gaming or Cyber Addiction: Having the compulsive desire to play video games alone or online with other gamers to the detriment of your personal life, person hygiene, work/school, and need for sleep.
  • Smartphone Addiction: Feeling the need to continually check your smart device and being unable to pull yourself away from it. Signs of problematic usage include feeling anxious when it isn’t in your physical possession, experiencing phantom cellphone vibrations, and ignoring loved ones because you are on your device.
  • Love and Relationship Addiction: Engaging in compulsive and destructive behaviors and patterns in relationships that have harmful consequences for all involved, including the tendency to jump from one relationship to another or to have multiple relationships at one time.
  • Self-harm Addiction: Self-harming typically starts out as an impulse, but can quickly turn into a compulsive behavior used to numb emotional pain by causing physical pain.
  • Sex Addiction: Having compulsive sexual thoughts or participating in compulsive sexual activity, alone or with others, despite harmful consequences.
  • Shopping Addiction: The compulsion to shop and spend money regardless of the financial means or consequences.
  • Social Media Addiction: Compulsively posting and checking for post interactions on social media.
  • Work: A compulsive drive to recognition, approval and success in the workplace, leading to a loss of emotional, mental, and at times physical health. A workaholic’s personality is profoundly changed as an individual becomes hooked on their work, performance and the adrenalin-high this produces.

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