Adrenaline

 
Adrenaline is an energy-drug that we self-produce, on-demand, as-needed. 

Adrenaline's purpose is to help us do extraordinary things in an emergency. 
But some people actually create emergencies that gives them an 'adrenaline rush’ to help them feel more powerful.
And we should consider this a health problem. 
After all, what percent of Emergency Room visits are adrenaline-related, and what would our insurance costs be without them? 

Who is the typical adrenaline junkie? Here are a few famous adrenaline-producing activities:

The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, 
scary movies, bungee jumping, white-water rafting, 
dating bad boys, marital infidelity, 
wrestling alligators, storm-chasing,
extreme amusement rides, cliff camping. 

A little thrill, now and then, is one thing. 
But an addiction to adrenaline can be a limb-severing or a life-ending addiction. 
And can we debate that adrenaline addiction is a form of drug abuse? 

Barton got a real adrenaline rush by tangling with the horses, but then he avoided horses.

AANNDD, adrenaline addiction has a self-pity factor to it, for high-tilt-adrenaline-junkies feel sorry for themselves
when they have to live normal lives. Perhaps they crave situations where they need to be brave. 
Bravery really isn’t necessary these days for a lot of white Americans.

And this page lets me say something I have long suspected: 

I have known a woman for years, who is always looking for the worst in every scenario, and always scared about it. 
I suspect that she is an adrenaline junkie. 
Her fear, induced by the ‘what-ifs’ she creates in her mind, produces the adrenaline she craves, 
while she sits on her sofa in the safety of her home. 

And this is the point of this article; to suggest that self-imagined-fears and some depression may be related to adrenaline addiction, and might be a factors in certain disorders. 

Eric J. Rose 
middlgrademysteries.com 
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