Mental Health Therapy

Co-Occurring Disorder

Doug Winter - Primary Therapist - Specializing in Mental Health


Doug Winter – Primary Therapist
Specializing in Trauma Therpay
MS LISAC CSAT EMDR

Dual-Diagnosis is a term used to describe a condition in which an individual suffers from chemical dependency along with one or more psychiatric (mental health) illnesses simultaneously.

These conditions are also commonly referred to as co-occurring disorders, co-morbidity, concurrent disorders, and dual disorders. However, dual diagnosis is the most widely accepted term relating to these maladies…read more on Co-Occurring Disorder


Trauma & Depression

Experiencing trauma, whether physically or mentally can lead to regret, disdain and places a burden on the unknown future of one’s life. Physical disabilities painfully challenge individuals who attempt to maintain a “quality of life”. While depression is a treatable illness, many while attempting to find the resolution to depression, can lead many down the road of self-medicating.…read more on Trauma PTSD & Chronic Illness


What are Compulsive & Process Addictions?

A graph of common process addictions: Love & Sex Addiction, Internet Pornography, Codependency, Shopping, Gaming, Work, Eating Disorders and Gambling.

Impulsive Process Addictions
Activity that Stimulates the Mind

Process addictions are a form of behavioral addiction that is typically associated with obsessive or compulsive behavior. Gambling Addiction, sexual addiction, eating disorders, and addiction surrounding your jobs or hobbies (even social media ie; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) are all common types of process addictions.

Choose All That Are Current or Past Issues
Experts in the field of behavioral science believe that any activity that stimulates the human mind and activates the pleasure centers of the brain can become an addiction. The same researchers also believe that there are numerous similarities between substance abuse and process addictions, such as compulsive gambling or risky sexual behavior, and most of these similarities are found in which the brain processes information from external stimuli. These addictions are best treated with mental health therapy.

How Process Addictions Begin

Much like substance abuse – or any addiction really – the addict activates the pleasure centers of the mind and releases a flood of dopamine and serotonin to the neurotransmitters of the brain when they engage in the behavior that defines their process addiction. So, much like an alcoholic or a drug addict, the mind begins to crave the same substance (or process) that caused the pleasurable feelings, which often leads to dangerous or misguided behavior in an attempt to pacify these urges.

What started as pleasurable and even relatively normal behavior can quickly become compulsive when repeated in excess. Compulsion takes on many forms, but it is most regularly described as the persistent desire to repeat a once pleasant act that now no longer necessarily leads to any type of reward.

Read More About Compulsivity On Our Blog Compulsive is…Compulsive Does

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