For many years, medical experts were puzzled by the nature of addiction. Fortunately, we now know that whether it is a genetic condition or the manifestation of a deeper issue, some individuals tend to develop what is known as an addictive personality, a condition in which persons with anxiety or depressive disorders will often attempt to fulfill unmet needs with unhealthy behaviors. Thankfully, a lot of research and study has gone towards understanding these illnesses, and we now know keeping a healthy approach to dealing with an addictive personality can make the condition manageable. Here are just a few things to watch for if you feel you might have an addictive personality.
Using Food As Comfort
For many individuals, food is often associated with safety, meaning food can easily be used as a source of comfort or a way to overcome boredom. Because eating does not have the stigma associated with drug or alcohol abuse, moreover, many individuals find themselves in the trap of overdoing what is considered to be a socially acceptable activity, making it difficult to break out of a cycle of overeating. A common psychological trap in overeating, for instance, involves consuming too much food and then attempting to crash diet to burn away excess calories, making the body's metabolism drop as the body perceives a shortage of food. Starving the body also results in even more hunger, often making the diet cycle an endless cause of frustration and even health scares as overeating leads to parallel conditions such as fatigue or even type 2 diabetes. For these reasons, using food as a comfort rather than as a form of nourishment should be a major red flag for those with an addictive personality.