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									Addictive Personality Disorder

I actually didn't find out about my addictive personality disorder in any
of the normal ways. A lot of the time, people with addictive
personalities are very good at self deception, and I was certainly no
exception to this rule. Every time I would come down with another
addiction or relapse into an old habit, I would have some excuse for
myself. I would tell myself it was no big deal or that I was only using
it this once, knowing all along that in fact my addictive behavior would
continue. A lot of my friends wanted me to go in for addiction treatment
and counseling, but I was having none of it. I went back to my old ways,
forcing myself to believe That there was nothing wrong.

It was actually a free personality test that cued me into the problems.
It was meant as a psychological self-evaluation. I found it accidentally
when I was wasting time by taking Internet personality tests. At first, I
took it as a joke, but with every question I answered I realized that
there was something wrong. It was one thing when my friends told me that
I have an addictive personality disorder. People close to you care about
about you, they worry about you, and sometimes they go a little bit too
far in their concern. I could easily convince myself that they were
overstating the problem. When an online personality test told me that I
had an addictive personality disorder, however, that gave me cause to
think. I knew that the test was objective and it wasn't being swayed by
concern for me. After all, it was just an automated quiz! I figured that
maybe it was time to go in and see what a psychiatrist had to say about

When the psychiatrist told me that I had an addictive personality
disorder, I can't say I was surprised. It was weird, but I had spent so
much time denying things that, once I started to admit that I had a
problem, my resolve cracked. I was ready to commit to treatments without
a moment's delay, and the shrink was all too happy to recommend a good
treatment facility. Apparently, with severe addictive personality
disorders, sometimes the best course of action is to isolate yourself
from general society for a few weeks. They give you time to recuperate
and reflect on the problems you have been facing. After that, you can
gradually re-immerse yourself back into the normal wider community. An
addictive personality disorder never goes away, but with counseling you
can learn to control it. Nowadays, I know when I am about to do something
stupid and succumb to my addictive personality. I've learned self-
control, and that is worth a lot.

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