Tag: Addiction

Social Media Addiction - Ales Zivkovic Psychotherapy and Counselling

Social Media Addiction

Social media addiction is a clear way of saying addiction comes in many forms. A substantial amount of social media usage today is obviously generated out of addiction related behaviour rather than rationally led. And that also comes across in therapy space. Even though internet addiction started gaining attention with the rise of online activity and even before the true birth of social platforms, there has obviously been a massive rise in addiction when this online activity got its fertile ground in social media platforms. Discussions have been raised that problematic internet use (PIU) should be categorised as  an official mental health condition.

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Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia

Social Anxiety and Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, will often accompany generalised anxiety as its integral part, but it can also be quite prevalent, which is when it could be considered separately. If severe enough, we can also talk about it as social anxiety disorder or social phobia. Because of the modern social values in the cosmopolitan world, its underlying triggering mechanisms are quite embedded in collective psychology.

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Psychology of Sticking to New Year's Resolutions

Psychology of Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions

If there’s something you don’t want to commit to this year, include it in your new year’s resolutions. I guess this is something that could sum up how we actually treat and sticking to new year’s resolutions after making them. They are known not to stick and until we don’t change the way we make them, they are going to keep failing us. We’ll keep failing. If the habits we want to break out of are not wanted and are not making us feel good, then why are they so hard to get out of and why is sticking to new year’s resolutions so hard?

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Mental Health Statistics for UK in 2016

Mental Health Statistics for UK in 2016

Mental health statistics for UK in 2016 in terms of search results reveals that anxiety and depression are still the leading mental health conditions people search for. Other mental health topics that dominate are stress, bipolar, bereavement, panic attacks, trauma, burnout, suicide, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Compulsive Shopping

Compulsive Shopping is Rational Behaviour

What is the difference between rational and compulsive shopping?

Economic and marketing research is based on the perception of a consumer who makes rational decisions when deciding what to buy. The entire concept of the rational consumer is based on norming. But people are not normed—they are individuals with their own set of experiences, knowledge, values, perception, beliefs. They have their own conscious wants and wishes and they have their own subconscious needs. On one hand, there is no such thing as rational consumer, and on the other hand each purchase is a rational decision from the perspective of the person who’s buying. so what is the difference between rational and compulsive shopping?

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December Depression and January Blues

December Depression and January Blues

Nearing the holiday season always seems to be busy for therapists. December depression and January blues set down. Psychotherapy and counselling services seem to peak in winter—especially in the beginning of January. It’s not hard to see that this is the time people start reflecting on their lives—not only on what they accomplished in the year that is ending, but also what their lives are about and where they are going.

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