FAN SCENE IS NOW OPEN! FAN SCENE IS NOW OPEN!
OK – anyone wondering what AFD was doing while Fan Scene was under reconstruction? You know because ——> over there is my usual state of being.
I was really struggling with some serious David Archuleta Fan Scene withdrawals.
David would tweet about what he had to eat – and I would start googling items for one of my food related posts — but then remember – what, wait a minute – no Fan Scene ……… whaaaaaaaaaaaa. SusanM or China would send me a great article on David and I would hurry to the “back room” to put it up and remember – what, wait a minute – no Fan Scene ……….whaaaaaaaaaaaa. My heart would start pounding, I would break out in a cold sweat, a sense of doom and gloom would come over me. I seriously needed some Fan Scene “CQ” patches — but they don’t make those!
I had the David Archuleta Fan Scene blues in a bad way …I am talking bbbbbbbbbad.
Then I found out about this place for internet addiction called reStart! It only cost $14,000! What a bargain.
reStart is the first inpatient rehab clinic in the US and recently opened up for internet addiction in the state of Washington (ironically awfully close to the Microsoft headquarters). Now internet addiction is actually some very serious stuff and an increasing problem – so I don’t mean to make light of it – but I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the things that are being offered and see how it relates to all of us with Obsessive David Disorder.
It all comes down to dopamine in our neuro-circuitry — but doesn’t it always? So what is dopamine? It is one of the neurotransmitters playing a major role in addiction – including my AFS ODD.
As a chemical messenger, dopamine is similar to adrenaline. Dopamine affects brain processes that control movement, emotional response, and ability to experience pleasure and pain. I prefer the pleasure over pain by the way, thank you.
From an article on Slate.com “The Powerful and Mysterious Brain Circuitry that Makes us Love Google, Twitter, and Texting” :
Berridge has proposed that in some addictions the brain becomes sensitized to the wanting cycle of a particular reward. So addicts become obsessively driven to seek the reward, even as the reward itself becomes progressively less rewarding once obtained. “The dopamine system does not have satiety built into it,” Berridge explains. “And under certain conditions it can lead us to irrational wants, excessive wants we’d be better off without.” So we find ourselves letting one Google search lead to another, while often feeling the information is not vital and knowing we should stop. “As long as you sit there, the consumption renews the appetite,” he explains.
Actually all our electronic communication devices—e-mail, Facebook feeds, texts, Twitter—are feeding the same drive as our searches. Since we’re restless, easily bored creatures, our gadgets give us in abundance qualities the seeking/wanting system finds particularly exciting. Novelty is one. Panksepp says the dopamine system is activated by finding something unexpected or by the anticipation of something new. If the rewards come unpredictably—as e-mail, texts, updates do—we get even more carried away
More carried away ????? well that sounds like me. Maybe it sounds a little bit like you too. Well I do not have 14 G’s – nor the time for the 45 day stay – but I am working on some balance in my life and I hope you do too. Soooooo, while we want you to visit Fan Scene – like DAILY, maybe twice, thrice times a day — for all your David Archuleta news but until they come out with those Fan Scene CQ patches — do try to go out and smell the roses, tip toe through the tulips, dance amongst the daisies — soak up the sun and build up your Vitamin D levels – and stimulate your pineal gland and increase your serotonin levels – so you don’t need that dopamine high.