Throughout this blogsite we have suggested and hoped to demonstrate, using various studies and articles, that emotion dysfunction, or emotion processing and regulation deficits, lie at the heart of ALL Addictive Behaviours.
In the new year, we hope to publish an academic paper which sets out this theoretical model in full.
Until then, these blogs give a clear insight into our thinking, outlining why those who suffer from addictive behaviours seem to be driven by a pathomechanism which centres on emotion dysfunction.
Addiction now defined as brain disorder not behavior issue
A Brief History of Treating Addiction as an Emotional Processing Disorder
Negative urgency mediates relationship between alexithymia and dysregulatedbehaviors
Explaining how negative “negative urgency” can be
Intolerance of uncertainty prompts compulsive decision-making
Decision Making Deficits in Addicts
Lack of emotion differentiation propels negative urgency
The need to act via non recognition of emotional states
Understanding emotional processing deficits in addiction
The predictive value of alexithymia in patients with eating disorders
Alexithymia, emotional dysregulation and recovery from alcoholism
Genetic inheritance – is it decision-making deficits that are inherited?
Ego Defense Mechanisms
Difference between Alcoholics and Addicts: In terms of Ego Defense Mechanisms
Various Addictive Behaviours and Emotion Dysfunction
Gambling disorder and emotional processing deficits
Maladaptive emotion-regulation strategy and lack of emotional clarity in Gambling Addicts.
Ruminating on emotions rather than processing them.
So Do Sex Addicts have similar emotional difficulties as other addictive disorders?
The Relationship of Emotional Intelligence and Mental Disorders with Internet Addiction in Internet Users University Students
Emotional Intelligence – an untapped resource for prevention among adolescents and adults