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Addicted to love...is addiction a disease or behavior???
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littleminx
Oct 16, 2008
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xanthippa
Oct 16, 2008
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I picked this side since it has fewer posts....

'Addiction' CAN be a behaviour, OR it can be a disease.

It really depends on type, severity, and the person who is 'addicted'.

Medical scans (functional MRIs and more) have demonstraterd that different brains react differently to 'addiction'.

Once there are biological changes in the brain, it is no longer 'just a behaviour', and treating it as a 'behaviour' can have long-term harmful effects.

On the other hand, it has also been shown that some people are much less succeptible to having these long-term changes in the brain (not just the temporary high) - and for them, 'addiction' IS 'a behaviour' and that treating it chemically can actually do more damage than good.

Too bad there is not an 'other' or 'both' side...

 
tggdan3
Oct 16, 2008
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No addiction is a disease. It's a behavior.

Addiction is just a compulsion to perform a certain act- love, sex, gambling, drinking, heroin- but it's the person who chooses to commmit those acts.

And I know what I'm talking about- i've been addicted to ecstasy, and i know it's a hard habit to break when you're around people who do it all the time and it gives you that great high and you feel down otherwise- but in the end i made a choice, and while temptation will always be there, i haven't touched it in 6 or so years.

The same with this addiction to love. It's a behavior that people could stop if they really wanted to. calling it a disease shifts responsibility away from the addict and onto the addiction. in the end you're responsible for your own life, not the power of love, or drugs, or god, or your parents.

 
tggdan3
Oct 16, 2008
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depends on the source, AMA says its a disease but DSM-IV says it's a behavior

 
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littleminx
Oct 17, 2008
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I don't know, Xan made a good point, so I agree with her on this one. In some cases it could be a behavior, but in cases where the person cannot control urges only through medication or intensive therapy then obviously this crosses the line. Sometimes, an addiction is so powerful that is takes over ones thinking and life...how is one supposed to make decisions when their mind is corrupted by means they cannot control...:-/



 
littleminx
Oct 16, 2008
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Being addicted to love is often disregarded or often confused with being a sex addict as I have read through some articles. However according to doctors, its considered very real and potentially harmful to the addict and or his/her partners. Being a love addict one is addicted to the chemicals that love distributes in your brain rather then the actual partner one is with. Usually one is on a emotional roller coaster and suffers from things such as anxiety, endless intrigue, sexual impulses, depression, etc...

They are using love as a means to cope with things rather then a natural process that compliments ones life. These ppl, constantly suspicious, are lacking self worth and believe that they are not loved by their partners. A lot of times they use guilt, abuse and manipulation to control their partners. They are only happy when they get that 'high' from their significant other.

Its a disease since controlling it is not something that one can do...only through therapy and medication can one overcome such intense feelings and longings.


 
blackkodiak
Oct 16, 2008
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This is a rather tricky subject, because the formal legal and medical definitions for the word "disease" are challenging and nebulous (some might argue, intentionally so).

While in philosophy, I'm inclined to agree with tggdan3's feelings on the subject, as far as pure semantics go, my understanding is that it is (for better or worse) entirely acceptable to describe an addiction or complulsion directly correlated to severe disability as a disease.

 
blackkodiak
Oct 17, 2008
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AMA trumps DSM-IV, unless it opposes the argument I'm trying to make, like now.

 
frankiej4189
Oct 16, 2008
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Alcoholism is a disease (technically)

 


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