The Cause of Internet and TV Addiction?
Note: Adrenaline is also called epinephrine.
· "The human body has two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney.
· These glands form part of the endocrine system, which works in conjunction with the nervous system and the immune system to help the body cope with different events and stresses.
· Adrenaline is the most well known hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. Other important hormones include cortisol, aldosterone and the sex hormone androgen.
· All these hormones are synthesised from cholesterol, which is an oily substance manufactured by the body and found in animal, and some vegetable, products. Particular enzymes are needed to help convert cholesterol into the adrenal hormones."
"The hormones produced by the adrenal glands perform many vital bodily functions, including:
· Cortisol -
· Aldosterone - maintains the correct amount of salt in the body, which influences blood volume and blood pressure.
· Androgen - one of the male sex hormones, responsible for male sexual characteristics."
"The body has a natural chemical that gives a feeling of a natural high."
"The acetaldehyde which escapes to the blood can encourage the release of adrenaline and dopamine, but in general the level of concentration of acetaldehyde is too low for that. There are two exceptions:
Asians are particularly affected by a genetically determined
acceleration in the production of acetaldehyde, which can result in
"As exercise intensity increases, neural messages are sent to the adrenal glands located on top of the kidneys which in response secrete adrenaline into the bloodstream."
"Stress can help us get work done [when we are tired]"
"It happens in the presence of a life-endangering situation [adrenaline may also be released during artificial life-endangering situations, such as by watching horror movies or computer games]. This chemical is adrenaline, which is meant to prepare the body for defense in the case of an emergency."
"The mechanisms employed by caffeine, cocaine, and heroin, are
· To close blood vessels in the brain, so the brain and body cannot sleep,
· To cause the release of adrenaline into the body, so the body remains active and alert, and to manipulate dopamine production [an increase in dopamine production] in the brain, so the person experiences a temporary 'high.'"
"Stress can help us get work done but the tension it builds in our body can lead to illness. Stress causes our body to produce adrenaline and tenses our muscles…"
· "Some persons are more sugar sensitive than others, and children may be more sensitive than adults.
· A study comparing the sugar response in children and adults showed that the adrenaline levels in children remained ten times higher than normal for up to five hours after a test dose of sugar.
· Studies have also shown that some children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) react to glucose intolerance tests with a dip to low blood sugar levels.
· High adrenaline levels or low blood sugar levels produce abnormal behavior."
"Exercise burns off adrenaline and allows muscles to dissipate the tension."
People experiencing adrenaline addiction may have an aversion to exercise.
· "Regular physical exercise is a simple and effective means of reducing stress.
· Physical exercise is the outlet for the body when its in fight or flight state.
· Exercise releases [gets rid of] the natural chemicals such as adrenalin that accumulate during stress.
· Exercise relieves:
· Exercise increases alertness and concentration
· Exercise reduces skeletal muscle tension and helps people to feel more relaxed
· Exercise leads to more rapid metabolism of excess adrenaline and thyroxin in the bloodstream, in other words it reduces the hormones which increase arousal.
· Exercise allows people to discharge their frustrations which can aggravate phobias or panic reactions.
· Exercise helps you to feel good by stimulating the production of endorphins & exercise increases your energy level"
· "Recent research indicates that periodic exercise enhances adrenaline secretion [I assume that periodic, moderate, exercise doesn't lead to an excess of adrenaline] and decreases cortisol (glucocorticoid) secretion. This is important because chronic excessive cortisol secretion leads to increased fat deposition.
· Exercise must be appropriate for each person. Excessive exercise may burn calories, but can also lead to endocrine gland exhaustion and eventually to more severe weight problems."
"After a few months or years of chronic stress the adrenal glands become weak. Even after a rest they are unable to respond to stress in a normal manner.
· The most common clinical manifestation of this condition is chronic fatigue, a condition which is increasing in our society at an alarming rate. This is surely not he only cause of chronic fatigue, but is often involved and should always be thought of when evaluating a person for CFS [chronic fatigue syndrome].
· Other signs of weak adrenal function are overeating and weight gain, also conditions rife in our society.
· When the adrenals are completely nonfunctional, the result is weight loss, excessive loss of salt from the kidneys and abnormally low blood pressure. This condition is most commonly seen in females."
"When released into the bloodstream, epinephrine acts to
· Increase heart rate and blood pressure,
· Dilate the pupils,
· Redistribute blood flow away from the skin and inner organs."
"Epinephrine plays a central role in the stress reaction--the physiological response to conditions that threaten the physical integrity of the body. It is secreted by the adrenal medulla."
“The muscles of the iris contract to allow the pupil to expand [dilate] for extra sight (to what degree depends on the amount of light).”
It's important to realize that engaging in activities that cause a release of adrenaline, such as playing computer games, is the wrong way to deal with stress.
In the short term, adrenaline makes you feel more alert. But in the long term, you become tired and unable to deal with stress.
The next time you feel like playing computer games or surfing the Internet, try to do something relaxing instead such as:
· Taking a hot bath or a shower
· Taking a nap
· Vision Exercises: palming, breathing and blinking, sunning, swinging, distance viewing (Bates' method)
· Getting some fresh air
· Exercise (Moderate)
· Drinking a glass of water or a rehydration drink
"Epinephrine is used as a drug in order to
· stimulate cardiac action in cardiac arrest,
· as a bronchodilator [counteracting the effect of histamine which constricts the bronchial muscles] in acute bronchial asthma.
· Allergy patients undergoing immunotherapy can get an epinephrine rinse before their allergan extract is administered.
"Adverse reactions include
· Hypertension, and
· Acute pulmonary oedema."
"Because you can't be 100% certain you won't unwittingly eat something you're allergic to, or be stung by a bee, your doctor may prescribe an EpiPen to carry with you. If you have a reaction, this easily administered shot of epinephrine (a.k.a. adrenaline) will expand your airways, letting you breathe until medical help arrives. You may also consider wearing a MedicAlert bracelet to inform others of your allergy if you're unable to communicate during an allergic reaction."
"Adrenaline addiction is very common.
· Type-A personalities become addicted to their excessive activity by the stimulation and arousal of adrenaline.
· People who are constantly angry, fearful, guilty, or worrisome arouse their adrenaline hormone even though they may sit around doing nothing else.
· People who are excessive in their participationin jogging, exercise, bodybuilding, aerobics, sports, skiing, mountain climbing, car racing or flying…airplanes become addicted because of the adrenaline rush from their activity. They describe the 'rush' they get from their activity and feel depressed when they can't participate for some unexpected reason."
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
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