The Disease of Addiction Creates and Imbalance Between the Limbic and Frontal Lobes of the Brain

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Patho-physiologists define addiction as a disease, thus affording to the chemical imbalance between the limbic and frontal lobes of the brain (Litowitz 2012). Psychologists have taken a broader approach, linking neuroscience with a binomial relationship to human behaviour in order to diagnose and challenge whether addiction is mind over matter, or indeed a neurological disorder (Burton, Westen, Kowalski, 2012). The following essay will firstly discuss three theories of psychology and how they each approach this binomial relationship; with particular reference to Internet addiction. Secondly, the paper will discuss research and results particular to each therapy and finally, argue that cognitive therapy as opposed to psychodynamic therapy and behavioural therapy, is a better catalyst for effective treatment of Internet addiction. Internet addiction is the psychological condition where the user forges an unhealthy, co-dependent relationship with technology (Litowitz, 2012). The level of consciousness behind the addictive behaviour remains a point of contention between various psychology fields and their expressed opinions and/or empirical data, all searching to fathom the aforementioned binomial relationship and decipher plausible, effective treatments. The binomial relationship is pertinent in each field of psychology, with psychologists, scientists and medical specialists all in agreement that both the characteristics of neuroscience and behaviour and their intricate

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