Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Do I Have an Addictive Personalit Y ?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Do I Have an Addictive Personalit Y ?

Article excerpt

PEOPLE who struggle with bad habits often say they have an "addictive personality" but experts argue about whether there actually is such a syndrome.

"Personally, I don't like the term as it suggests people can't be treated, which isn't true," says Dr Mark Griffiths. However, it is true that the following factors can put you at higher risk of addictive behaviour.

See if any of these apply to you: ADDICTION RUNS IN YOUR FAMILY: Studies on twins and adopted children have shown that the biological children of addicts have twice the risk of an addiction.

LIVING IN A HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT: Having friends with addictions, a poor relationship with your family, or living with the stress of life on a very low income have all been found to increase your likelihood of becoming an addict too.

YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE ADDICTION: If you're addicted to one thing, for example alcohol, you're more likely to develop another addiction, such as cigarettes.

YOU CRAVE EXCITEMENT: Driving fast, embracing risks, having lots of sexual flings and taking drugs all provide a rush of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that makes you feel pleasure. …

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