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Science in Seconds - Addiction

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RANTS - Addictions Rheanna Sand: Addiction is a term used pretty casually these days. Video games are addictive. Reality shows are addictive. Reality shows about addiction are really addictive. It's true that these comforts do cause a weakness in willpower. And a few people may even get to the point of psychosis. But these are not addictions. Not like drug addictions at least. This is because many drugs, including heroin, cocaine and nicotine trick the brain into thinking it has more good chemicals than it needs. Brain cells respond to this message by not producing as many good chemicals or the protein receptors that respond to them. In other words, these drugs actually alter the gene expression in the brains of addicts. The result? A brain that can't feel normal unless it's flooded with artificial happiness. Often, addicts are just trying to feel normal, not get high. And it could take months or years to get the brain to make an appropriate amount of good stuff once the abuse is stopped. But not all drugs alter gene expression in this dramatic way. Nor do behaviors like obsessive shopping. They may overstimulate reward centers and cause serious cases of withdrawal, but the addiction lacks a long term physiological basis. So, maybe we should call these addictions what they are. Compulsions. And in the most ridiculous cases, a desperate cry for love and attention. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 1 minute and 39 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 50
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

Can gluttonous habits like over-shopping really be classified as "addictions?"

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