MDD just another outlet for an addictive personaity?

 I know that this take on MDD is nothing new but I was reading a book on alcoholic addiction and I would say that

MDD is pretty close to alcoholism. Meaning that some of us have lost complete control and dwell  24/7 in a DD.

Behind the scenes however, alot of us  are unaware of co-existing depression /anxiety related disorders that fuel MDD.

Willpower could not help us because we are bio- chemically set up to self-medicate through MDD.We NEED to DD or else we get irritable/antsy etc. This is different from those of us can go without DD and not get upset for say 2 weeks.I think we have to fix the underlying problem before we can normally DD.


Just my 2 cents

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Comment by jonny holder on September 21, 2012 at 2:13pm

As I become more aware of all this (I've only know about MDD for about a week) I'm really taking a long hard look at myself.  I never considered myself like an alcoholic.  Like I don't need to drink.  But when  I do, I find it extremely difficult to stop. And sometimes I can't.  I used to also smoke marijuna.  Long story short, I pretty much bounce from one addiction to another.  But I don't "need" these things.  What I mean is, an alcoholic pretty much feels the need to drink and it's with them their whole life.  I mostly "binge" from one habit to another.  I've never taken a break from DD though intrestingly enough.  Anyways, not sure if anyone else has these kinds of "tendencies". 

Comment by Ocean Breeze on September 19, 2012 at 6:37am

As a recovering alcoholic (13 years sober) and a food addict (currently in a recovery program), I think there's something to this theory.  The behaviors are similiar.  As more becomes known about MDD, I'd be interested to read more about studies (and maybe participate in studies) about how MDD is connected to addiction.

Comment by taffle on September 17, 2012 at 9:45am

I think I read somewhere that some people have genes that make them more prone to alcohol addiction. Probably the same thing could be said about MD, that some people have genes that make them more prone to MD. It wasn't until this year that I am became aware that I had several disorders (including MD). I kept on telling myself that I was normal and that everyone else is abnormal, so I was in denial and ignorance for a long time.

I used to have some real life addictions, and I would incorporate them into my DDs.

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