The Detriments of Forming Hyper-Fixations
Hyper-fixations are periods of high immersion into something you really like. These periods aren't very long for me, but what I've noticed is my focus and creativity sky-rocket during this time. This can make forming hyper-fixations feel good, which can encourage me to form more, but this is actually harmful to daily life.
For me, having a hyper-fixation looks like obsessively consuming television shows, fan art, fan fiction, and behind-the-scenes commentary. The two reasons that I've had issues with forming hyper-fixations in the past are:
- The high energy and focus that comes from having these obsessions really stimulates me, which helps me escape my depression.
- The obsession helps distract me from my anxiety.
For a long time, it seemed like forming hyper-fixations could be good for me and could help me moderate the effects that mental illnesses have on me, but the more I relied on them, the more I realized this wasn't true.
Watch the video below to hear what I learned about the detriments of forming hyper-fixations.
Paige, A. (2021, January 27). The Detriments of Forming Hyper-Fixations, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, November 30 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/mentalillnessinthefamily/2021/1/the-detriments-of-forming-hyper-fixations