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Is there an addiction to feeling miserable?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree
In brief: No
Feeling unhappy is not addictive, but the behaviors that lead to unhappiness can be habitual.
Our behaviors so easily turn into ruts or automatic routines. So, if our routines are not accompanied by feeling pretty good most of the time, we can establish new and happier habits. A good book on behaviors that tend to promote feeling ok or better is "the how of happiness." it's worth the effort!

In brief: No
Feeling unhappy is not addictive, but the behaviors that lead to unhappiness can be habitual.
Our behaviors so easily turn into ruts or automatic routines. So, if our routines are not accompanied by feeling pretty good most of the time, we can establish new and happier habits. A good book on behaviors that tend to promote feeling ok or better is "the how of happiness." it's worth the effort!
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Well also
Inability to feel joy maybe a subtle sign of depression.
It can be hard to think one self out of depression & medicine sometimes is needed temporarily to help re-craft thinking patterns. Signs of depression in this sense are when old pleasures no longer lift your heart. Where seeing a friend, a sunny day, or a favoirte song no longer cheer you; this may be depression--not an adiction to misery.

In brief: Well also
Inability to feel joy maybe a subtle sign of depression.
It can be hard to think one self out of depression & medicine sometimes is needed temporarily to help re-craft thinking patterns. Signs of depression in this sense are when old pleasures no longer lift your heart. Where seeing a friend, a sunny day, or a favoirte song no longer cheer you; this may be depression--not an adiction to misery.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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