Addiction and Eating Disorders

641 Words Jan 28th, 2018 3 Pages
The main two psychological issues are addiction and eating disorders and the concept of addiction has developed over the past several years. Substance dependence is the most closely related concept of the everyday meaning of addiction, and to meet the criteria for substance dependence one must demonstrate several, but not all of the following criteria:
• Difficulty in controlling while in use.
• Continued behavior or use of a substance despite evidence of harm or other negative consequences
• Other important activities frequently put off or neglected as a result of use.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Addiction affects neuro transmission and interactions within reward structures of the brain, including the interior cingulate cortex, basal forebrain and amygdala, such that motivational hierarchies are altered and addictive behaviors, which may or may not include alcohol and other drug use, supplant healthy, self-care related behaviors. While on the other side Eating disorders are a group of conditions in which you're so preoccupied with food and weight that you can often focus on little else. The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
The assignment will try to bring in the difference between the addiction and eating…
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