Addiction Pandemic: Addicted to Love, or Sex and ADD, too?

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Addiction Pandemic:  Addicted to Love, or Sex and ADD, too?
Addiction to sex, alcohol, drugs, food, shopping, texting & hoarding is skyrocketing. What's Not?

Have you heard, now there’s even an “election addiction”?  Aren’t you glad we’re through with that one for right now?  

But, seriously, addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, smoking, shopping, video games, gambling, hoarding, work, cutting, texting and social media just keeps accelerating.   It’s staggering, what in the world is happening to us?

Addictions are becoming one of our biggest health problems.  Count ADD, ADHD, autism, Ausberger’s and related disorders in the lineup.  If the Center for Disease Control’s conservative 57% increase in autism alone between 2002 and 2006 is even close, then at least half of all children born in the U.S. will be autistic by 2046!  In 2010-11, 1 in 115 children were diagnosed with autism. Now, it’s closer to 1 in 54.  That’s more than a pandemic!

As if that’s not bad enough.  Now a UCLA research study headed by Dr. Rory Reid reveals that 23 to 26% of male sex addicts met the criteria for adult ADHD, as well.  Even more interesting is the fact that more sex addicts feel that they have ADHD than are professionally diagnosed with the condition, according to Dr. Reid, citing a 2004 study in which 67% of sex addicts reported their own symptoms of ADHD!

Most people don’t think of autism as an addiction. But from a clinical perspective, it fits the same profile.  Researchers like Dr. Russell Blaylock refer to the “autism syndrome” to cover the whole spectrum of related cognitive disorders, including ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Ausberger’s and both classic and regressive autism, the fastest growing type.  Dr. Patrick Carnes has even talked about sex addiction as an “Attention Deficit Disorder.”

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