Tag: reward deficiency syndrome

  • Living With Reward Deficiency Syndrome

    How Learning about Reward Deficiency Syndrome can help manage the craving for “More.” I’m greedy. Symptoms of RDS? Since childhood I’ve been aware that I want all the praise, prizes, and pleasure I can get. I used to drive my older siblings crazy trying to the center of attention, and by the fifth grade I…

  • The Essential & The Exciting.

    Tips for living with Reward Deficiency Syndrome. I have been living in recovery from Reward Deficiency Syndrome for fourteen years. In 2008, I started liftings weights, interval training, and cutting sugar. Four weeks after I made these changes to my health practice, I discovered that I wasn’t just getting leaner and stronger, I was acquiring…

  • Reward Deficiency Syndrome

    What is reward deficiency syndrome? Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) is a term coined by Dr. Kenneth Blum to describe a theoretical condition characterized by a deficiency in the brain’s reward system. It suggests that certain individuals have a lower-than-normal response to pleasurable stimuli, leading them to seek out excessive rewards in order to compensate for…

  • Reward Deficiency Syndrome

    Understanding the genetic source of RDS can help us find ways to manage it, and have compassion for the people who experience it. Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) is a term used to describe a theoretical concept in which individuals possess genetic variations that make them more susceptible to addictive behaviors and seeking out rewards. One…

  • How I Gained Weight, How I Lost it, and How I Keep It Off.

    My unwanted weight gain started with two conditions, one genetic, and the other environmental. Condition Number One: Dopamine Resistance. I was born with a mutation of the A1 allele of the D2 dopamine receptor. This mutation can be found in hunter gatherer populations, and in the descendants of groups of people who experienced severe prolonged…

  • How To Feel Good Again

    How To Feel Good Again

    Good Food and Training Can Help You Enjoy The Simple Things Once More. When I was a little girl, I rarely wanted to stop playing in order to eat. I would rather play outside in the sandbox or on the swings. On rainy days I didn’t want to leave my dolls or drawing in order…