Attention-Seeking Behaviors and Addiction

Attention-seeking behaviors may stem from any number of mental health disorders, including the following examples:

  • Narcissistic personality disorder (obsession with oneself and one’s supposed superiority and desirability)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; inability to focus or behave in socially acceptable ways)
  • Histrionic personality disorder (overreacting to seemingly trivial matters)
  • Munchausen syndrome (faking illness to obtain treatment or medication)

Other illnesses may manifest through compulsive attention-seeking, and they can threaten any Orlando resident.

Kinds of Attention-Seeking Behaviors

There are four basic manifestations of attention-seeking behavior, which are listed as follows:

  • Open declarations of one’s own greatness or superiority
  • Silent methods of getting attention, such as stationing oneself in the most prominent place in the room; wearing clothing that is expensive, brightly colored or revealing; or making sure to possess the most up-to-date, valuable or impressive commodities
  • Persistent self-denigration, or seeming to fish for compliments. Some Orlando residents may go so far as accusing others of ulterior motives to extort more impassioned compliments. For example, some who hears she is pretty may argue that the speaker was just trying to be nice, which may encourage the speaker to compliment her again and even more strongly.
  • Habitually presenting oneself as dull or unattractive, or appearing to hide while remaining visible enough to make everyone wonder why he seems so withdrawn

These conditions are alarming enough in themselves, but when they manifest a greater psychological problem, they require serious help. Orlando residents should not overlook these problems, but rather seek help immediately when they become problematic.

Addiction as Attention-Seeking

People who seek attention may abuse drugs for the way it alters their behavior. The desired energy may give their peers something to talk about, or even to elicit an intervention so the user can laugh their behavior off as a prank to make further spectacles of themselves. The trouble is that by this time these people may be addicted. Conversely, more introverted people may abuse drugs to numb their low self-esteems and to get attention, if only to get someone to reach out in love. While the beginnings of these addictions are conscious choices, there are also cases such as hypochondria where Orlando residents will believe they are constantly ill. The truth is that their bodies really crave affection and healing rather than treatment for an illness.

Orlando Addiction Treatment

Specialized treatment is required for co-occurring disorders like addiction and attention-seeking behavior. Orlando residents will need psychological therapy and medical attention to treat both issues simultaneously. To learn how you can find such treatment, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today. We want to help you rediscover a life free of addiction and mental disorders. Give us a call today so we can point you to options constructed to treat both problems.