I am not a professional and I am unable to diagnose you. I cannot give you medical advice. If you are having a problem, please seek help from a licensed expert.
Not only do atheists face social isolation, which can cause psychological and health problems, but they tend to have higher IQs and are more intelligent, making them more susceptible to substance abuse. This can be a huge problem since most of the world tends to be religious and this includes counselors that atheists may go to for help. However, if you are having a problem with substance abuse or mental illness, please do not be afraid to seek help. While you do that I have developed a simple 3-step program that can help in the meantime and I will apply it with a personal anecdote.
- Recognize the problem.
- Devise a plan to correct or remedy the problem.
- Implement and execute the plan.
When I was just 3 months old, my mother abandoned me in a park in the middle of winter. Brrr! From birth until my early teenage years I was subjected to my mother’s mental disabilities, drug addictions, and alcoholism. She always neglected me and when I did receive her attention it was in the form of torture. The worst thing she did to me was probably the starvation. I always had a love for the taste of food and this made the induced malnourishment hell on earth for me. There were times when I was out of school for the summer and she would only feed me bread and water until I went back to school. As a child, I looked forward to school lunches and would often ask other kids in my class for their food.
Much later in life I realized that my eating was getting out of control. I would get very upset over wasted food. Also, I would not stop eating until all the food was gone. Sometimes I would catch myself in the middle of eating while watching tv or reading. It had become such an involuntary action for me and I realized that I had a problem. I devised a plan to start working out to combat my eating habits (when suffering from an addiction it always seems like a good idea to make a sacrifice somewhere else rather than addressing the addiction itself). That worked for a really long time, but the more I worked out—the hungrier I got.
So I ended up using this 3-step program again to solve my eating problem. Instead of conforming my behavior around the disorder, I changed my behavior entirely. I left myself sticky notes everywhere there was food. On my computer. On the tv. I set three alarms on my phone to ring at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was extremely difficult to maintain this strict adherence, but I did and I finally got a handle on my eating problem.
I’m still working on the sex addiction :p
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