There are plenty of things you could be addicted to. Even a daily habit or routine might already be an addiction and you simply don’t know it. (image source)
Below are 5 examples of those things:
There’s always a line, even when it comes to eating a balanced diet. Obsessing over the “correct” foods or only those you consider healthy is actually an addiction known as Orthorexia Nervosa. People with this eating disorder systematically exclude all fats (because they’re “unhealthy”) from their diet which is very problematic since we still need fat in our diet to live.
The nagging urge to chew ice has been linked to iron-deficiency anemia, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or even a developmental disorder that can all lead to serious addiction. This constant need to chew on objects that have no nutritional value is called “pika” and it’s more common than you think.
This isn’t about your limited edition collectibles or designer labels. The fear of throwing anything away, including garbage, is a condition known as disposophobia. “Hoarder” brothers Homer and Langley Collyer were well-known for this addiction. After they died in 1947, it was found out that they lived with 140 tons of trash in their Harlem brownstone.
Yes, one can get addicted to water and that condition is called psychogenic polydipsia. It is often caused by a sense of dry mouth which may be a side effect from psychosis. Drinking too much water can cause hyponatremia or water intoxication, where salt is flushed out of the blood and may lead to death in extreme cases.
Research suggests that “genes which control preference for drugs also control the preference for naturally rewarding behaviors such as exercise,” which means that it’s possible to become addicted to exercise. It can be as.damaging as any other addiction as sufferers put their bodies under extreme physical stress and isolate themselves from others.