Anxiety and Addiction
The Limbic System and the Cycle of Self-Medication
This article from Psychology Today describes the relationship with anxiety and addiction and how they often work in tandem. "Part of the disease of addiction is a number of personality disordered-like behaviors that tag along like a little brother. In previous blogs, we have discussed the matter of the limbic system of the brain as being the focus of addiction. The limbic system apparatus is the fight or flight part of the brain, but it is much more than that. The addiction center, mood and attention, parts of memory and rage and sex are all regulated in part by the limbic system."