You Will Not Believe Which Eating Disorder Is Most Common

Most people think of anorexia or bulimia when they hear the term ‘eating disorder’, and when asked which is the most common out of all eating disorders, it is likely that the majority would answer anorexia. However, in reality, binge eating disorder affects more people than anorexia and bulimia combined. As increasingly more research is conducted into the various forms of eating disorder, it has been found that more people struggle with binge eating disorder than any other type. But this aside, what are the various types of eating disorder and what effects do they have on sufferers? We take...

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Beginners Guide: Where Do Eating Disorders Start?

According to the eating disorder charity BEAT, there are more than 725,000 people in the United Kingdom currently suffering with eating disorders. And contrary to the widely held belief that only females are affected by this mental health problem, statistics show that eleven per cent of those affected are actually male. Those who believe that they or a loved one might be affected by an eating disorder may be left pondering the question “where do eating disorders start”? It is a common question, but the truth be told, it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Every person is...

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Benzodiazepine Addiction: The Prescription Drug That Can Ruin Lives

Benzodiazepines, or ‘benzos’, are a group of drugs most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, or seizures, but they can also be prescribed to help manage pain caused by tense or damaged muscles because they act as a muscle relaxant; sometimes a person develops a benzodiazepine addiction as a consequence to prolonged use. They include the commonly prescribed drugs Valium (diazepam) and temazepam. How Do Benzodiazepines Work? Benzodiazepines are tranquillisers, and so have a sedative effect on the body. They work by activating certain receptors in the brain, which when activated reduce the activity of nerve cells. This slows...

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Doctors Warn of Risk of Thousands Becoming Addicted to Painkillers

After the publication of a recent NHS report, doctors are warning that there is a risk of thousands of patients ending up with codeine addiction as well as addiction to other opioid painkillers due to over-prescription of these powerful and highly addictive drugs. What Are Opioid Painkillers? Opioid painkillers are a class of painkillers either extracted from the opium poppy, or synthesised in order to work in the same way as these compounds. Natural opioids extracted directly from opium include codeine and morphine. Synthetic opioids are completely man-made in a laboratory, but their chemical structure allows them to mimic the...

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Co-Dependency Does Not Always Involve Living with an Addict

When we speak about co-dependency, we almost automatically assume that we are talking about someone who is in a relationship with an alcoholic or a drug addict. The term conjures up the image of someone constantly caring for another person who is completely wrapped up in their addiction, but that is not necessarily the case. What Is Co-Dependency? When we consider what co-dependency actually means, we realise that someone can be in a co-dependent relationship without their partner being an addict, or having any particular issues of their own. In fact, the co-dependent person may end up causing their partner...

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Smoking Addiction: Is Vaping the Answer to Stopping?

Anyone who has ever tried to stop smoking can tell you that it is not easy. Some people cope well with more traditional methods to help curb their cravings for nicotine, using nicotine gum or patches to help them quit. But for others, this just doesn’t do enough; without the feeling and actions of smoking, these individuals feel something is still missing. For many of these people, vaping has proved to be a successful substitute. What Is Vaping? Vaping is an alternative to smoking, using a vaporiser. The vaporiser consists of a rechargeable battery pack (usually the largest part of...

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Shopping Addiction: When Does the Enjoyment of New Things Turn into a Problem?

Most of us like the excitement of a new purchase; opening that bag or box always triggers a sense of pleasure, whether it’s a new dress, a new phone, or some new lego – most people have their ‘thing’ that they enjoy buying. But for some individuals, the enjoyment has become addiction, and that’s when shopping becomes a problem and a possible shopping addiction. And with today’s easy access to internet purchases, it is even easier to find oneself spending far more money than intended. How Can You Tell If Someone Is Addicted to Shopping? The most obvious signal would...

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Top Footballer Struggling with Gambling Addiction

When it comes to addiction, there are many distinct types, but most people’s opinions first turn to problems with alcohol or drugs. However, gambling addiction continues to be a huge problem here in the UK, with increasingly more individuals becoming affected every single day. With access to online gambling twenty-four hours a day and betting shops containing what have been described as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling (fixed odds betting terminals), it is no surprise that so many people are developing gambling addictions that are ultimately destroying their lives. Campaigners have been calling for the stakes on fixed odds betting...

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Prescription Stimulants: The Hidden Addiction

We tend to think of medicines as safe, and something that has been prescribed to us by the doctor as even more so. But it is all too easy to become addicted to some prescribed medicines, and prescription stimulants most definitely fall into this category. While prescription stimulant addiction is not as prevalent as addiction to prescription painkillers, it is still a problem for a significant number of people in Great Britain. What Are Prescription Stimulants? A stimulant is any drug that makes someone feel that they have an increase in attention, alertness, and energy. In the past, stimulant drugs...

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Pornography Addiction: Even A ‘Mild’ Case Can Harm Relationships

Pornography is so easily accessed in our digital age, with free-to-view porn sites all over the internet. The number of people accessing porn sites each month is higher than the number accessing Amazon, Netflix and Twitter combined. Most might think of pornography as harmless, or ‘just a bit of fun’, but it can cause a great deal of harm. Pornography addiction is real, and we need to fight it. Why Is Pornography Harmful? Firstly, pornography gives a distorted view of sex, relationships and how women experience sex. For someone who has already experienced a sexual relationship before watching pornography, this...

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