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Behavioral Addictions


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A landmark text regarded as the most important new book in addiction psychiatry this decade.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Behavioral Addictions 2. Behavioral Addiction: The Nexus of Impulsivity and Compulsivity 3. Diagnosis and Treatment of Gambling Disorder 4. Problematic Online Gaming 5. Internet Addiction Disorder: Overview and Controversies 6. Social Networking Addiction: An Overview of Preliminary Findings 7. Food Addiction: Evidence, Evaluation, and Treatment 8. New Directions in the Pharmacological Treatment of Food Addiction, Overeating, and Obesity 9. Sex Addiction: An Overview 10. The Tyranny of Love: Love Addiction - An Anthropologist's View 11. Picking Up the Pieces: Helping Partners and Family Members Survive the Impact of Sex Addiction 12. Compulsive Buying Disorder 13. Exercise Addiction 14. Meditation and Spirituality-Based Approaches for Addiction 15. Behavioral Addiction in American Law: The Future and the Expert's Role

About the Author

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at the Cornell University Medical Center - New York Presbyterian Hospital and a psychiatrist in private practice. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship at Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Rosenberg is a contributing editor of the Journal of Sex Therapy, the author of scientific and lay articles, listed among the Best Doctors (R) in America and New York Magazine's Best Doctors, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the recipient of medical and public service awards from the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill.Since medical school, Dr. Rosenberg has produced and directed films that have been aired on HBO and PBS affiliates and have been recognized by the Academy for Television Arts and Sciences, the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Museum of Natural History and numerous film festivals. He is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award. His films include An Alzheimer's Story (coproducer/director, PBS affiliates 1985), Through Madness: The Subjective Experience of Psychosis (producer/director, PBS Affiliates, 1991) Why Am I Gay?: Stories of Coming Out in America, (producer/director, HBO, 1993) Back From Madness (producer/director, HBO.1996), Drinking Apart: Families Living Under the Influence, (producer/director/cinematographer, HBO, 2000) and Cancer (executive producer, HBO,2000) and in producing a current HBO-commissioned project on mental illness in America. Laura Curtiss Feder, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist at Upper East Health. Her psychotherapy practice is geared toward working with adolescents and adults, particularly those who struggle with behavioral addictions and compulsions. Dr. Feder received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University and then went on for her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her doctoral training included working at several New York City hospitals, including Bellevue, Beth Israel and St. Luke's Roosevelt as well as multiple local university counseling centers.Dr. Feder completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the William Alanson White Institute where she also continues to receive specialized training in working with eating disorders, compulsions and addictions. She has written and presented at professional conferences on the topics of substance abuse, psychological symptoms related to dermatological conditions, camp-based leadership programs and psychotherapy with artists.


"...inherently practical, useful, and interesting. It offers useful research and diagnostic and clinical information, and is primarily empirical in its presentation. It would serve a variety of professionals as a reference..." --PsycCRITIQUES, November 2014 "The Handbook of Behavioral Addictions is a timely landmark achievement and a must read for anyone interested in addictive and compulsive behavior and its treatment. Rosenberg and Feder have brought us leading addiction experts, who clearly present the growing evidence for including behavioral addictions in the DSM-5 and how best to treat them. While gambling is the first to be included in the DSM-5 chapter on substance related disorders, other behavioral addictions are likely to follow as evidence grows. This is the most important new textbook in addiction psychiatry in recent years." --Richard Frances MD, Founder of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry "Just in time for DSM-5's inclusion of Gambling Disorder as the first non-substance related addiction amongst the Substance Use Disorders, Drs. Rosenberg and Felder have compiled Behavioral Addictions: Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment, a well-written and evidence-based work which will be useful to clinicians and researchers alike. The chapters on addictions as varied as gambling, shopping, sex, and food, are written by luminaries in the field, all of whom carefully define the relatively sparse data, surmise what they can, and offer recommendations for the clinic. The book benefits from a common thread of serious inquiry; into the very definition of behavioral addiction, to the peer-led support groups, to the various psychological and pharmacological treatments for these confounding conditions. Rather than offer easy answers to the questions which the behavioral conditions provoke, the various chapters present the available research and clinical lore, and point the reader in the right - or at least sensible - direction, in trying to understand and treat the behavioral addictions." --Laurence M. Westreich, M.D., President, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Clincal Associate Professor, New York University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Review quotes from Bruce Roseman, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York "It is well written, nicely organized, and a fountain of useful information: Behavioral Addictions should be compulsory reading for every single medical student and residents It is organized into easily usable common sense sections It serves well as resource for not only understanding behavioral addictions but also laying out treatment regimens It is the right book at the right time. Behavioral addictions are finally being recognized as significant part of every doctor's medical practice, and until now there really has not been a good "go to" reference for information It will do for behavioral addictions what Harrisons did for Medicine It belongs on the bookshelf of every medical student, resident, and practicing physician I have every intention of keeping this book on my shelf in my office and referring to it frequently. I have been a family physician in private practice in Manhattan for 30 years"

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