This may not belong in social justice, if not please move it.
here are my thoughts. I have never been addicted to any substance. I spent years cutting myself and suffered from bulimia and anorexia. When my mother found about all of the things i had been doing in my little life she took me to a psych. This woman insisted that i was addicted to drugs because iw as smoking pot twice a month. I was also addicted to sex, according to her. ( had sex about 3 times at this point). She automatically put me into the "addicted" category with no basis for it. I was later diagnosed as bipolar and my mom took awhile accepting it because she had this idea in the back of her head that i was just addicted to things.
so here are my questions for all of you:
who decides what is a disease and what is an addiction and what is both?
what would you all catagorize as each (are EDs in one or both? cutting? etc.)
when is something considered a disease rather than just "the blues" (when does one cross from being a sad teenager to a bipolar person)?
When does one know they have hit "addiction"?
and any thoughts provoked from this post.