Stimulation seeking behavior, Part 1

ADHD, when examined through a particular lens can be said to be a disorder of under-stimulation.  As ADHDers we often wander around the world seeking stimulation.  Unfortunately, stimulation can be found in many places that are unhealthy.  I think it is particularly important to be aware of this tendency and to teach our kids to be aware of it as they grow in to teens and adults.

I divide stimulation seeking behaviors in to two catagories;

1.  Things that we do not need to do and can effectively manage by not having in our lives at all.
  1. Drugs
  2. Alcohol
  3. Nicotine
  4. Gambling
  5. Video Games
2.  Thing that we have to do in our lives but need to learn how to do in moderation:
  1. Sex  (In all forms including porn.)
  2. Shopping
  3. Being online/ Using electronic devices
  4. Food
  5. Interpersonal relationships
All of these things occupy a place in our lives that is necessary and important.  But they can all become problems if they are not managed in appropriate ways.

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