You may see people on television who live for danger such as bungee jumping, rock climbing without any equipment, dangerous stunts, car races, etc. Then, there are those that take more subtle approaches to making such that they get that thrill seeking adrenaline rush. It is important to ensure that you take this addiction seriously to avoid any health complications that can occur in the future.
Adrenaline is released as a way to prepare your body for the fight-or-flight responses you get when something scary happens. This could be the same feeling you get when you see something scary at night or you see someone in danger. It can be a reason why firefighters and police officers have chosen their profession to continue feeling those responses. Feeling an adrenaline rush can also release dopamine which are the feel-good chemicals in your body that help you achieve a high. The more risky situations you survive, the more you want to do them.
While it is acceptable to take on risky situations once in a while, too much of it can have some health consequences on your body. One example is that you can mess with your fight-or-flight responses where you will not react quickly to dangerous situations since you feel them on a daily basis. Another example is that the risk of adrenaline can increase your heart rate and your chances of a heart attack. Adrenaline can also shrink the memory center of your brain, also known as the hippocampus, and your brain will not be able to produce new neurons.
Another way to be an adrenaline junkie is to find crises and create drama in your life to feel a rush. This can mean surrounding yourself with people who always need help, people who try to pack more into their schedule, people with a tendency to explode in anger and cause unnecessary drama, or purposefully wait until last minute to get something done for the urgency to kick in. If looking for adrenaline rushes spans years and different forms, it is possible that your addiction for adrenaline is growing. To avoid health complications, you should limit your risk-taking activities and find healthy ways to deal with cravings like going for a run. Make sure to eat properly, sleep seven to eight hours, and hydrate yourself. By limiting your risky activities, the better chances you have of being alive and healthy.
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