Hot off The “Press”

Hot off the Press! I am always so grateful to contribute to larger mainstream publications, especially when I can bring in my clinical expertise and increase awareness on important issues such as exercise addiction. Brittany Smith did an amazing job with this piece and it was such a pleasure to work with her.

Yes, exercise addiction happens. “Exercise addiction is engaging in an activity—lifting, running, training for a triathlon—that starts off pleasurable, then shifts to become compulsive and noticeably interferes with ordinary life responsibilities,” says Gloria Petruzzelli, a licensed clinical psychologist and sport psychologist at California State University’s student health and counseling services. “Athletes may not be aware their behavior is out of control because, with social media and other forums, it’s easy to find someone else or a group to justify our extreme behavior,” she explains.

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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical sport psychologist, triathlete, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California. She works with elite athletes and sports teams across the country. She is a competitive athlete and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling.