Religion makes people think that they are more addicted to pornography -- and believe that their tastes are more extreme -- than they really are. US researchers said that a fear of addiction to pornography may be causing unnecessary distress among people engaging in perfectly normal behaviour. The team supports the official recognition of compulsive sexual behaviour disorder, but warns that therapists must consider their own biases when making diagnoses. 'Self-reported addiction to pornography is probably deeply intertwined with religious and moral beliefs for some people,' said paper author and psychologist Joshua Grubbs of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. 'When people morally disapprove of pornography but still use it anyway, they are more likely to report that pornography is interfering with their lives.'
Catherine Townsend-Lyon, 53, started gambling excessively when she was 30. As a result, her 40th birthday wasn't much of a celebration: She was hospitalized, shortly after a suicide attempt. She'd tried to slit her wrists the day she'd missed her best friend's funeral, after stealing money from her job at a credit service to play the slot machines. That was just one part of how bad it had gotten. She would arrive at casinos at 7 a.m. and wear bladder control underpants. She didn't want to have to get up--even for a quick bathroom break--if she was on a winning streak.
In a world where only 1 in 5 American adults meet the minimum daily exercise requirements, exercise addiction can seem like the opposite of a problem. Don't let that fool you, says Marilyn Freimuth, a clinical psychologist at Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara. "Exercise addiction can completely take over someone's life. They're getting injured, all they can do is think about exercising, but because our culture values physical activity," she says, "we overlook the issue." In their 2015 book The Truth About Exercise Addiction: Understanding the Dark Side of Thinspiration, author Katherine Schreiber and Jacksonville University professor of kinesiology Heather Hausenblas write, "Exercise addicts experience physical activity as both a coping mechanism and a compulsion without which they feel they cannot survive."
Reports have revealed that actor Kevin Spacey checked himself into the same rehab center where movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is also allegedly seeking treatment for sex addiction. Fox News' Dr. Manny sits down with two psychologists to discuss what kind of help patients actually get at these expensive facilities and if they work.