enforceable, rendering them optional for most training programs. The psychedelics renaissance has not extended to Black America. Black people continue to use psychedelics at lower rates than Whites ( CBHSQ, 2018 ) and like much of the mentalhealth field
Authors:Joël Billieux, Adriano Schimmenti, Yasser Khazaal, Pierre Maurage, and Alexandre Heeren
Behavioral addiction research has been particularly flourishing over the last two decades. However, recent publications have suggested that nearly all daily life activities might lead to a genuine addiction.
Methods and aim
In this article, we discuss how the use of atheoretical and confirmatory research approaches may result in the identification of an unlimited list of “new” behavioral addictions.
Both methodological and theoretical shortcomings of these studies were discussed.
We suggested that studies overpathologizing daily life activities are likely to prompt a dismissive appraisal of behavioral addiction research. Consequently, we proposed several roadmaps for future research in the field, centrally highlighting the need for longer tenable behavioral addiction research that shifts from a mere criteria-based approach toward an approach focusing on the psychological processes involved.
This commentary is written in response to a paper by Billieux, Schimmenti, Khazaal, Maurage and Hereen (2015) published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.
It supports and extends the arguments by Billieux, Schimmenti et al. (2015): that the study of behavioral addictions too often rests on atheoretical and confirmatory research approaches. This tends to lead to theories that lack specificity and a neglect of the underlying processes that might explain why repetitive problem behaviors occur.
In this commentary I extend the arguments by Billieux, Schimmenti et al. (2015) and argue that such research approaches might take us further away from conceptualizing psychiatric diagnoses that can be properly validated, which is already a problem in the field. Furthermore, I discuss whether the empirical support for conceptualizing repetitive problem behaviors as addictions might rest on research practices that have been methodologically biased to produce a result congruent with the proposal that substance addictions and behavioral addictions share similar traits.
I conclude by presenting a number of ways of going forward, chief of which is the proposal that we might wish to go beyond a priori assumptions of addiction in favor of identifying the essential problem manifestations for each new potential behavioral addiction.
Researchers and health professionals are once again considering psychedelic drugs as viable treatments for a range of mentalhealth issues. With seemingly broad applications, psychedelics are being researched as
-stigma has been widely researched for numerous mentalhealth conditions (see, e.g., Boyd et al., 2014 ; Livingston & Boyd, 2010 ), only four studies have directly investigated the self-stigma associated with problem gambling. Interviews with 30 people self
Authors:András Ittzés, Roger Csáky-Pallavicini, and Teodóra Tomcsányi
(2000) ’MentalHealth Promotion through the Dialogue of Different Philosophies and Professions: An Interdisciplinary Training Programme in MentalHealth’,
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