Addiction Disorders

There lies a very fine line between an everyday bad habit and an addiction. It precipitates down to lack of control that helps determine the side of the line that one is placed on. We need to then visit the Psychiatrist who helps shed light on the subject.

Common traits of an Addiction disorder:

There are few disorders which can be grouped under Anxiety disorders, such as the following:

  • Doing something on a routine basis inspite of knowing it to be harmful
  • Persisting with a habit routinely to escape reality
  • Lying to friends and family about the habit
  • Hiding the habit from others for fear of shame
  • Failed attempts to cut down or quit entirely
  • Craving and increasing the ‘dose’ for the same satisfaction
  • Preoccupation with the habitual activity
  • Spending more than affordable on the habit
  • Allowing one’s social, domestic or professional life to be affected by the habit

Addiction disorders can commonly be associated with Generalized anxiety disorder, mood disorder or psychotic disorder.

Treatment

Treatment includes detoxification, pharmacotherapy (medication), detailed psychoeducation and concomitant psychotherapy.