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'They often lack self-esteem and will show impulsive behavior such as excessive caffeine consumption, Internet usage, eating of chocolates or other sugar-laden foods, television watching, or even running (Nelson).'
Come on, that's not fair
People suffering from addictive personality disorder are currently defined to have a "brain disease" as promoted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and other authorities (Addictive Behaviors 3). People with addictive personalities are very much sensitive to stress. They have trouble handling situations that they deem frustrating, even if the event is for a very short duration. They often lack self-esteem and will show impulsive behavior such as excessive caffeine consumption, Internet usage, eating of chocolates or other sugar-laden foods, television watching, or even running (Nelson).
Mood swings and antisocial behavior are other visible traits of people that suffer from addictive personality disorder. They may turn down invitations to social gatherings in order to alienate themselves from their respective societies. The main reason behind such behavior is that they are fearful of being caught with this disorder. The feeling of isolation will often have negative effects on the people facing the issue, and so to substitute for the lack of personal relationships, they turn towards drugs, smoking, alcohol consumption, or the like. They usually will believe that such harmful substances serve as "quick-fix" solutions for their life's problems ("Addiction/Addictive Personality").
People suffering from APD find it difficult to manage their stress levels. In fact, lack of stress tolerance is a telltale sign of the disorder. They find it difficult to face stressful situations and fight hard to get out of such conditions (Benedict-Mason).
Long-term goals prove difficult to achieve because people with APD usually focus on the stress that comes with getting through the short-term goals. Such personalities will often switch to other enjoyable activities the moment that they are deprived of enjoyment in their previous addiction.
Addictive individuals feel highly insecure when it comes to relationships. They may often find it difficult to make commitments in relationships or trust their beloved because of the difficulty they find in achieving long-term goals. They constantly seek approval of others and as a result, these misunderstandings may contribute to the destruction of relationships. People suffering from addictive personality disorder usually undergo depression and anxiety, managing their emotions by developing addiction to drugs, alcohol or other pleasurable activities (Nelson).
to some extreme or another
interesting. although i disagree with this part...
They may turn down invitations to social gatherings in order to alienate themselves from their respective societies. The main reason behind such behavior is that they are fearful of being caught with this disorder.
I turn down social invitations fairly often, especially since I started using the internet when I was about 16, however despite the underlying fear of someone 'finding out' that's not why I turn it down- turn it down because I feel I'm not up to it even though i know I'm perfectly well up to it.
in favour of something which is safe.
also fml, why couldnt i be addicted to running instead of the internet, eating sugary foods and watching tv.
of citation needed.
do you feel a certain replicative sense of community from the internet patrick_?
I have a very addictive personality, people can't get enough of me ;)
addicted to bass.
Just sayin like
Sorry pal, but it's true. Not criticising you or nothin, but you can't diagnose your own mental state
I was searching internet addiction on google cos I'm quite aware I used to be one of those (who isn't here). And one of the character traits was this, and portions of the pasted paragraph are pretty clear descriptions of some things I do, which could just be because I happen to do them as part of my personality.
the first bit I pasted, and this :Addictive individuals feel highly insecure when it comes to relationships. They may often find it difficult to make commitments in relationships or trust their beloved because of the difficulty they find in achieving long-term goals.:::
is pretty spot on (I have a fear or understanding that nobody could really be attracted to me which is a bit of self fulfilling prophecy)
and so on. Not saying I have anything, I personally believe a lot of things, even low level ADD are just character traits which would be put down to simply that in the past. Diagnosis is a bad thing in itself because it leads to further feelings of doubt.
I don't WANT to have anything wrong with me so with that I'm pretty certain I don't have an addictive personality- it's only a mental problem etc if the traits are a problem in your life- they are my weaknesses but I don't believe it to be a problem. It was interesting to have all my weaknesses labelled under a thing, and of coure I can't do anything about it other then be aware they are somewhat of an inevitability and to try and strive away from them.
No idea why I'm writing so much, just trying to explain my reasoning behind this.