Excitement and addiction

Excitement Can Become Addictive!

by Dr Emma Gray - 6th July, 2012

Excitement can become addictive. For example, some researchers are concerned that children’s use of video games, particularly those that involve aggression, may be over stimulating the dopamine drive system. Each time the children score or a make a hit, their brains may be receiving little bursts of dopamine that stimulate their nervous systems. If you over stimulate the nervous system, when you withdraw the stimulant the person becomes easily bored, needing constant excitement to produce energy and they can become agitated and anxious if they don’t get their ‘fix’. Over stimulating the nervous system is dangerous at any age and can lead to addiction but it is especially dangerous when it occurs before the nervous system has fully developed.


Dr Emma Gray

Dr Emma Gray

I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleague once described me as natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.


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