Addiction Counselling in London, Mobile Addiction, Phone Addiction, Text Addiction, Telephone Addiction
Communication Addiction - Mobile Addiction, Email, Text, Telephone Addiction
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Mobile phones for many are an important, supportive part of our life enabling us to communicate with words, images, emojis ☺ and keep in touch, connect, explore. Mobile phone use can reduce stress yet for others increase it. Headaches or migraine may also be a symptom of our extensive mobile use. For some, we can't bear it when are not interacting with our mobile, constantly in contact with others or gaming. We may have become so dependent on our mobile phone, as if it is an extension of us linking it to our very existence, identity. We may have powerful, emotional, physical, reactions when we aren't with our mobile or it's not switched on. This may also be true when we aren't on-line or hooked on social networking. However we may have switched ourself off where clarity, focus, interest in other things away from our mobile may have reduced. When our mobile can't get a signal, doesn't have power for some it can be as if our own power diminishes. We may have become dependent on our mobile to lift our mood. Struggling to resist our urges, we may be constantly touching our mobile, holding it (almost worshipping it), using it, over-texting, playing with it, thinking about it, waiting for it to come to life as if our esteem is affected by it (especially compounded if nobody contacts us). We may also worry we spend too much time online chatting. Connected to our mobile phone, things may have become out of balance, disconnected at times which may also point to connections, disconnections in our early life through our attachment, bonding style. Our sleep may suffer. With our mobile addiction we may struggle to be fully present, in the moment. Others may procrastinate.
Mobile Addiction - Our Need To Keep Busy Living on nervous energy, some of us may have what has been termed a mobile addiction as if we are almost attached to it, as if it is an extension of us. Wondering what else to do with our time, our mobile addiction may feed our need to always try and keep busy, believing that if we stop we become anxious. We may want to let go and relax, but fear coming up against difficult, unwanted feelings. Trying to remain in control may be important for us. Ill at ease, uncomfortable, bored, restless, desperate or empty inside, we may constantly need to fill things up to pass the time, so we turn to our mobile addiction, as if we need to distract ourself from our self. Paying so much attention to our mobile, we may have neglected whole other areas of our life. It can be as if we allow our mobile to control us. Engaging with the world around us and others face to face may have become secondary as if we can't put it down, away, turn it off, and when we do, we can become anxious, impatient without it. Being in the moment, engaging with other important things in our life may have eroded, as may making, building quality intimate relationship with others. Rediscovering and valuing what we really value may be important. Whatever telephone addiction, phone addiction (over-texting addiction, mobile addiction, iPhone addiction) we have, counselling and psychotherapy can support us in overcoming this.
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Over Texting Addiction, Text Message Addiction Texting can be very useful to us and can give us a sense of connectedness, companionship. It is a fast way of sending information. We can text others any time of the day without disturbing them, construct our messages and pick the best way to write them. Though some of us can behave as if we are permanently on-call. Over-texting, text addicts (whatever name we want to call it: messaging addiction, addiction to texting, addicted to texting, text messaging addiction, text messages addiction) may have certain things in common. Over texting, we may text just for the sake of texting, which can have the opposite effect of keeping our relationships close. We can become addicted to the adrenaline rush we have when sending messages back and forth. The flurry of text exchanges can reach a crescendo and dip down again, affecting our moods. Some of us may suffer from lack of concentration, sleep deprivation, obsessively tapping away. Texting can give us a sense of validation, yet also be a substitute for having good and meaningful conversations face to face. And when we do, some of us may struggle to have conversations lasting more than a few seconds, looking up to check and recheck for messages, basing our sense of worth on whether we get prompt replies, the replies we hoped. We may analyse texts to death. As if things can't wait, some of us may have problems controlling our impulse texting things we regret sending. Intentions can get misconstrued. Hastily written messages can appear terse or offensive, leading to wounding, withdrawal or attacking. Sometimes our texts can destroy relationships, our reputation. Text addiction counselling and psychotherapy can offer support in these issues that come up for us with our overtexting, texting addiction, text message addiction.
Email Addiction We may wonder if we are an email addict, have an e-mail addiction. Some of us may enjoy the experience of emailing anonymously, which can have advantages, disadvantages. We may struggle to go a few days without obsessively checking our emails or frequently pinging ones of our own. We may be compelled to continuously check emails feel rewarded when a fresh one appears or also burdened by it all yet can't resist checking. Urged to constantly be online sending, checking emails, we may struggle to allow our compulsive urges to pass, maybe take a pause, move our body, tackle other outstanding things important to us, contact people face to face. Allocating set email times to set and respond, diverting our urges into something more useful, creative may be important for us. Often getting into a furious rush, we may struggle to slow down and reflect before replying to messages. Addicted to emailing, often doing things which are not particularly productive we may be missing out on doing other important tasks, connecting with more meaningful things, discovering, freeing up the rest of our life. Challenging our expectations and associated emotional reactions in how often we should pick up emails may be important. What else can we do with our time may be anxiety provoking for some. Email addiction counselling and psychotherapy can offer support through these struggles. The counselling for email addiction may also include looking at our unconscious and conscious behaviour and beliefs around what we do. (See also Internet Accuracy, Security, Online Safety & Privacy)
Communication Addiction Whether it's a mobile addiction, iPhone addiction, text addiction we may enjoy the rush (and dopamine rush) we can get when we receive messages back - yet the interpretations we make if we don't hear from others may be hard to cope with, hard to manage. Misunderstandings may develop due to misinterpretations because we have missed the face to face contact and the "in-person cues". We may struggle be aware of and take responsibility to monitor our emotions, take a pause or be aware of the impact of what we say (see also Relationship Choreography, How We Engage - States Of Relating, Relating States) by sending ill-thought messages, images, which we regret (see also Over-Talking, Oversharing - Whether Or Not To Share Our Feelings - Taking Responsibility & Care For Our Feelings, Over-Talking, Oversharing - Balance Between Withholding Or Sharing All Our Thoughts). Underneath our pleasure, excitement, we may experience difficult, unwanted feelings, lack emotional connection with ourselves or our partner, maybe experience existential loneliness. Blocking off or shutting down from unwanted thoughts, it can be as if we've been keeping busy online, doing this for so long, we don't know what else to do. We may also worry about the amount of time we spend doing this. We may tell ourselves it will all be different one day. We may have diluted our range of communication skills and the quality of our thinking may have become impaired. We may use our "communication addiction" as a distraction, a structure for other options we could put in place if we stop using our mobile, give time to ourself, reflect. We may fear what we may find out about ourself, which can be threatening for some, and we don't know how to respond to this. Turning away from our mobile phone addiction, letting go of what we need to let go of may be challenging for us, as may standing in our own ground, without the prop of any technology, with being independent, free of our mobile when we need to be.
Searching for connection with others may be important to us. We may have become obsessed, compelled, attached to our mobile. It can be as if we can't stop ourselves checking, sending messages, yet overlooked checking in with ourselves, enjoying other interests creating space for quiet reflection maintaining our social skills (see also Relating Face To Face), contact with our senses, nature, taking some downtime. Alienated from our sense of self, in a half-real, half-fantasy world, intimacy may be a underlying need for some. We may be so busy "doing", that we overlook "being", and what this means for us can be included in the mobile addiction counselling. Alongside the practical issues of filtering our notification settings as a helpful boundary, the therapy for phone addiction may also explore our toleration and responses to the triggers of our boredom, loneliness, uncertainty, anxiety, looking at our unconscious behaviour, beliefs and conscious reflections, beliefs, what we value.
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Questions About Phone Addiction Counselling, Mobile Addiction, Text Addiction We may have some questions about our mobile addiction, phone addiction, text addiction, e.g.:
- Mobile phones addiction - is it possible to have an addiction of mobile phones? What are the signs of a mobile addiction?
- Phone addiction - how do I overcome my iPhone addiction?
- Text addicts - is texting an addiction? If so, how can I overcome my text addiction? What are the signs of texting addiction? Is it possible to overcome my text messaging addiction? Do other people have texting addictions?
- Email addiction - I think I'm an email addict, will I always be addicted to email? How can I overcome my e-mail addiction?
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