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Strange Addictions

          The word “Addiction” according to the dictionary is being adherent i.e. being persistent or not willing to leave some habits that have consequences. It’s important to remember that addiction is a mental illness. Some of these addictions may make you think that people are just doing this for attention, but people can become addicted to almost anything. Whatever lights up the reward center of the brain is something people can become addicted to. That’s why people binge-eat crappy food, or drink too much, or listen to music almost all the time. It makes their brains make the chemicals for happiness and joy, they associate that weird thing with happiness and joy, and addiction is born. In this article, we’ll be looking at some strange and weird addictions. Well, you may think they aren’t strange enough.

          First, let’s take a look at exercising. While it’s probably not the worst addiction to have, an addiction to exercise is still an addiction, and it still has consequences – like continuing to work out despite an injury, obsessing over caloric intake and daily weight, and strain on relationships and schoolwork or job performance. These addicts sometimes work out 2 – 3 hours a day, which is a lot of cardio and strain on your body. Some estimates say that up to 10% of performance runners and body builders are addicted to exercise. While sometimes this stems from a need to be in control, it can all be as simple as an addiction to the “high” we get after intense workouts.

          Secondly, drinking pee – A woman in her 50’s who chooses to only be known by her first name, Carrie, drinks her own pee. She also washes her eyes, sinuses, and teeth with her urine. She claims it tastes like water, and she has no intention of stopping.

          Thirdly, pulling hair – compulsory hair pulling is an impulse control disorder, where people have an overwhelming urge to pull out their hair – from their heads, eyelashes, eyebrows, beards, arms, anywhere. People who have this condition experience high levels of anxiety until they pull out some hair. Sometimes people who have this condition also chew or eat their hair.

          Fourthly, piercings – Yep, people can become addicted to all kinds of body modifications, not just plastic surgery. Tattoos also fall under this classification. While there isn’t an official name for this disorder, some people just can’t help themselves and get every inch of their body ”modified”, and most cultures praise self expression so much that we never question their motivations, or if in some instances, it may be unhealthy because it’s considered judgmental.

          And lastly, eating glass – addiction to eating glass has an official clinical name – hyalophagia. People addicted to eating glass often admit to enjoying the attention, but also often sustain serious injuries, as you’d imagine.

 

          These are just “a few” amongst many other strange addictions. It’s very important to always check ourselves to gradually do away with some of these addictions one is addicted to ensure a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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