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Behavioral – or process – addictions are similar in concept as substance (alcohol or drug) addictions. Instead of being addicted to a substance, a person struggles with a particular behavior. Some examples of potentially problematic behaviors are:

  • Gambling
  • Sex, masturbation, or pornography
  • Video gaming
  • Internet or social media
  • Shopping

Some signs and symptoms that you might be struggling with behavioral compulsivity are:

  • Repeatedly spending more time and/or money on the behavior than intended
  • Having difficulty changing or stopping the behavior despite desire and attempts
  • Prioritizing the behavior over family, friends, and/or commitments like work or school
  • Experiencing negative consequences that are caused by continued, long-term or chronic engagement in the behavior
  • Minimizing, denying or hiding the truth about your behavior

If you’re concerned about your engagement in a particular behavior or behaviors, working with a mental health professional can support you in exploring and making changes that make sense for you.

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