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Hi there MDDers! I'm currently working on a short presentation about MDD and I've came to the point where I have to describe what are the usual interests of MDDers? if there are any. What are your interests and hobbies? I've notices with myself that I have some sort of cycle of Interest. For a couple of week I will focus on a certain interest (we'll call it I1), then I will gradually get bored of I1, I will have a period of a couple neutral days, then I will start growing interest for I2 for a couple of weeks again, then gradually get bored, have a couple of neutral days, then gradually develop interest for I3 and start all over again with I1. In a couple of months I can alternate between 1 to 4 interests randomly. Which makes it pretty difficult to get things done, since I sporadically get interested and actually work on the said thing. Am I the only one?

What are your opinions on that? Does it have a name or something?

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Comment by Eretaia on April 3, 2015 at 12:05pm

Aaffy, nope, unfortunately not. I did a lot of personal research on MD but at the end of the day, it's just my own views. Anyway, it's a well-know fact that prolonged exposure to anxiety or stress can alter your metabolism in such a way that you develop identical symptoms as in ADD. It's a part of burnout. I've talked to an endocrinologist once and she agreed that the lack of focus is a result of prolonged stress on both mind and body rather than being a cause of MD itself. If this is your case, it takes dealing with not only mental issues but also with physical ones since your metabolism is probably completely wrecked at this point. Which means changing diet, exercise and so on.

Comment by Ivy White on April 2, 2015 at 4:15am

(we're totally taking over your blogpost Pascal, sorry)

Comment by Ivy White on April 2, 2015 at 4:15am

It's complicated, I didn't have the most "happy" upbringing so I was a bit disturbed as a kid. The only tests they did on me as a child were IQ and that was through the roof  so they basically told me to suck it up and deal with the boredom lol. Some teachers allowed me to read in class or sleep so at least that was that. I got a diagnosis for ADD when I was in college because I couldn't rely on "smarts" anymore to get by. I think I was suffering less from MDD back then than I am now actually. Things were more engaging, I had more time for travel and meeting people and doing fun things so I MDD'ed less. 

Comment by Eretaia on April 2, 2015 at 3:16am

Aaffy, I'm pretty sure understimulation drives MD in majority of cases but it doesn't necessarily involve ADD. Being overstimulated from chronic stress (or conditions like generalized anxiety which set your brain on fire) for long periods of time can eventually wreck your system and result in mental understimulation which mimics literally all symptoms of ADD.

Ivy, did you always have obvious symptoms of ADD or did they become apparent with progression of MD?

Comment by Ivy White on April 2, 2015 at 2:13am

I have been diagnosed with ADD so yeah, there's that. I feel very understimulated. I used to daydream in school just to make things pass by because I was so bored. I feel like I spend 80% of my awake life being bored. 

I don't know if my daydreams left me outsized ambitions. Being emotionally touched or engaged is not necessarily something I consider an outsized ambition, and generally my characters tend not to be "high status" persons. I don't daydream about becoming  a singer or famous person. It's more about violent settings (war, fights in space, survival) and the emotions present therein. 

Comment by Eretaia on April 1, 2015 at 10:43am

Switching between different interests usually springs from craving for constant stimulation. It's sort of like novelty seeking in ADD, which is a hallmark of physical/mental understimulation.

Comment by Pascal C on April 1, 2015 at 9:46am

Do you all think it would be related to the difficulties of staying focused on tasks because we daydream and that our daydreams left us outsized ambitions?

Comment by Ivy White on April 1, 2015 at 8:12am

I struggle a lot with procrastination and perfectionism. I generally stop an interest when I am starting to get good at it because I expect myself to keep practicing or to get better at it and the moment pressure comes into the equation it stops being fun. I don't know how to stop becoming so invested in things and just doing them because I enjoy it.

Comment by Pascal C on April 1, 2015 at 7:26am

That is pretty interesting I thought I was alone doing that!

Ivy > Why do you lose interest when you start to be good at something? Is it because you feel like you've learned everything or because the next step involves learning a lot more things and a more accurate learning?

Comment by Ivy White on April 1, 2015 at 12:32am

I recognize the pattern but not the frequency. I tend to do that with hobbies but as I've got less time I find that the period of interest stretches out. What for me always kills interest is when I start to be good at something or pêople start telling me I should make something out of it.

For MDD I tend to have one main character and I'll go from one bit to another of her storyline depending on the mood I'm in. I sometimes have 2 characters going on at the same time. When I "detach" from a character it's a bit the same as with the interests/hobbies, they start feeling flat and 2D and not engage me emotionally as they did before. Usually I'm going to be "receptive" to other characters at that point. But I rarely cycle between a lot of them. I can sort of tie certain ages to certain characters in my head.

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