addiction

DSM-5, the new mental illness ‘bible,’ may list Internet addiction among illnesses

By Rheana Murray Surf the web too much? That might soon land you on a psychiatrist’s couch. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is catching heat over proposed amendments to its newest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) — widely considered the “bible” of psychiatric symptoms in the mental-health…

Is Twitter Really More Addictive than Alcohol? The Vagaries of Will and Desire

By Maia Szalavitz Twitter and Facebook are harder to resist than alcohol and cigarettes, but so is the urge to work, according to new research on people’s daily struggles with self-control and desire. The counterintuitive findings may reveal more about the complexities of defining addiction and self-discipline than anything else.…

More heroin for heroin addicts – is the Department of Health quite off its head?

By Kathy Gyngell Free heroin dispensing on the NHS is getting closer. For seven years now the Department of Health has pumped our money into its ‘injectable opiate treatment trials’ to prove that it ‘works’. Now, according to announcement this week, it plans to pour good money after bad, efficacious…

Nicotine Patches, Gums Fail to Help Smokers Quit for Good

By Michelle Fay Cortez Nicotine-replacing gums and patches like those from GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Pfizer Inc. failed to help smokers who quit the habit stay off cigarettes, even when used with professional counseling, a study found. Researchers surveying 781 former smokers found almost a third relapsed even after using nicotine…