Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships
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Human beings seek relief and pleasure in their lives, whether it is by taking an aspirin for pain relief, having a drink and bite to eat after a long day of work, or enjoying an evening on the town with family or friends. However, there is a saying that “too much of anything is not good for you.” Historically, people have always engaged in addictive behaviors like drinking, eating, gambling, and sex.
Addictive disorders are described as compulsive and impulsive behaviors. Compulsive behaviors involve performing an act persistently and repetitively without it necessarily leading to a reward or pleasure. Impulsive behaviors involve rapid and automatic responses to urges without much thought or reflection about the consequences of one's behaviors. Both behaviors, even more so when combined, can lead to problematic behaviors that put the individual at risk or in danger and possibly lead to a psychological disorder.
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Burns, M. J.
(2019). Addictive Disorders. Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships, 10-13.
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