Written by Alexandra Chauran. Copyright(c) 2008, PsychicRx, all rights reserved.
In these days when trusting your gut might be seen as delusional, and "magical thinking" is a phrase that might be found in a diagnostic manual for a psychologist, it is easy to see why some might feel extreme concern for the mentally ill. "Psychic" addiction is currently absent from description by the American Psychological Association as a substance to abuse. However, it is reasonable to take note of whether and how readings can move from being a positive addition to one's life to a negative impulse.
So how many readings are too many? It can vary widely from person to person. One successful woman might get a daily reading to aid her business decisions, while another man in poverty might be using a daily reading to check to see whether his happily re-married ex-wife has changed her mind yet. One of these people might be using their readings more responsibly than the other! But is either one of them a disorder? How do you know whether you have a "psychic addiction?" You might wish to use the same criteria that is used to understand substance use. We'll take one step down from abuse and take a look at dependency. The DSM-IV-TR describes substance dependency as a, "maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period." I've adapted the following criteria to apply to psychic readings:
1.) Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
(a) A need for markedly increased quantities or length of readings in order to achieve the
(b) Markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount and length of
(2) Readings are often used in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.
(3) There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control use of readings.
(4) A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain readings (e.g., visiting multiple readers or driving long distances), use readings (e.g., many readings in a row), or recover from their effects.
(5) Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of readings.
(6) Use of readings is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance (e.g., current use of readings that cause anxiety attacks at work.)
So, what should you do if you think you might have a "psychic addiction?" Just as you wouldn't diagnose and treat your own heart condition, you will need to visit a doctor to diagnose and treat any psychological problem. If you don't fit three or more of the criteria above, hopefully this article has provided you with some relief!