How To Get Rid Of Novel Addictions And Be Able To Enjoy Life?
, from the end of last year which was aggravated in the last 4 months I seemed to lose my enthusiasm for life, the burden of many thoughts I finally felt hopeless, it felt like everyday activities were meaningless. Until the last 2 months I started to like reading novels, I feel happy cm if I read novels, if there is good reading I will be happy but if it is bad if I run out of reading, it feels like my emotions are controlled by novels and like I have been addicted. But I don’t know what to do if I don’t read the novel because I don’t think I can do anything else. As there is no purpose in life. So what should I do to stop being addicted like this? And what should I do to spy to be more alive and be able to live a normal day again? thanks.
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. To be able to call a condition as an addiction, there are several conditions that must be met, including that the object creates a feeling of dependency which the subject cannot escape, there is a tolerance effect, for example in alcoholism, initially 2 bottles are enough to cause satisfaction but long - It takes 3-4 or even more, there are symptoms of "withdrawal" that is a symptom where someone is anxious, anxious, irritable, and throbbing when the object of addiction is not fulfilled, and there is a sense of helplessness even if you want to escape from the habit or object.
Regarding your condition, novel addiction itself is not an official form of addiction which is said to be a form of mental disorder. In fact, maybe not many psychiatrists have ever met this form of addiction. Therefore it is very important to do observations, interviews and several tests to determine whether it is true that your condition is a form of addiction.
If not addicted, another explanation that can explain your condition is that by reading the novel, you have a new world and a new way to channel your pleasure, as well as an opportunity to take a break from the painful reality. With novels, you can imagine the story line as you like, another by watching where the background, sound effects, and atmosphere are prepared in such a way. This may be the same as those who enjoy the online world because there they are considered more respected, freer, and more able to show their power and identity. But of course not all who like to use the internet become addicted to the internet.
In addition, one of the points that you have pointed out that this might not be an addiction is that you are still choosing good reading. In fact, if people are addicted to gambling for example, he likes all types of gambling. Or for people who are addicted to shopping, he likes to shop for anything, regardless of whether he needs it or not. But still once again, it would be better if checked first.
For this reason, we recommend that you check your condition with a psychiatrist or psychologist for this examination. These experts will conduct in-depth interviews to assess your psychological state, and will later determine the best treatment for you, regardless of whether it is indeed an addiction or not. The form of treatment can be in the form of behavioral therapy, supportive psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and so on depending on your preferences and clinical conditions.
Meanwhile, on the one hand, your passion is actually quite good and can be said to be positive, because novels help enrich our treasury, train imagination, and it is not impossible to make readers become writers too. Therefore, there is no need to blame yourself, no need to consider yourself having a disorder, and just be proud because a bad life experience does not make you fall into negative things such as criminal behavior, immoral acts, or things that damage yourself alone like alcohol consumption.
Our advice, don't fight your habits but try to be regulated. For example, once a day you could 5 hours reading a novel or maybe more, now take an hour less. Continue like that for about a week, then reduce another hour, and fill your free time with other activities, even though you might not like it much, like sports, writing, or photography. You must believe that there are still other activities that can please you because before all this hobbies began, you were not too interested in the novel. If you have difficulty or are unsuccessful, then you might indeed need treatment from a psychologist or psychiatrist. So, hopefully answering your question.