Break free from Nomophobia, drunkorexia

Convoluted as these new-age disorders may sound, they’ve become as common as the Personal Computer. With most urban professionals guilty of cellphone dependency and picking on food to OD on booze, we tell you how to keep yourself from going overboard

 

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It’s complicated. Everything is, these days, isn’t it? Relationship dynamics, parenting fundas, the act of convincing yourself you’re not in the rat race (reality check most of us are, by choice or chance), the struggle to maintain work-life balance (whatever that is)... Considering the list has only begun any city professional will vouch for it  the lifestyle disorders that ail us are equally complicated. Here they are, deconstructed for your benefit.

> Nomophobia <
Or no mobile phobia. It’s the latest addition to the list, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it comes out tops. A recent British study concludes that “nomophobia is plaguing our 24/7 life”; being phoneless and panicked is a classic symptom of our times.
Sure-fire Signs:
Running out of battery or credit, losing one’s handset and not having network coverage affects 53% of mobile users. Men suffer more than women, with 58% of the men and 48% of the women admitting to feelings of anxiety. More than 20% said they never switched off their mobiles.10% admitted that their job required them to be contactable at all times.
How to beat it: Switch off. At least once a week. As simple as that. It may seem like an outlandish prospect at first, but it’s necessary. And it works.

> Cyberchondria <
That’s what you get when you cross a hyperchondriac with an Internet connection. “Online concern for health” may sound harmless enough, but victims of this condition are usually the sort to go overboard.
Sure-fire Signs:You (have begun to) take a keen interest in reading up on info on medical afflictions. When you browse through websites listing symptoms and cures on paranoias, syndromes, diseases and disorders, there’s always a niggling doubt that you could have fallen prey to one of them.
Convinced that you suffer from a particular condition (anything from a migraine to Multiple Personality Disorder), you begin to self-medicate.
How to beat it: There’s a lot of rubbish floating around on the net. The sooner you accept this, the better. You have better things to do than derive pleasure from Disease Inc. If you aren’t feeling good, spare your eyes the strain and call your doc.

> Drunkorexia <
“I will either eat or drink tonight. On second thoughts, forget about the food. And pass the booze.” Sounds like something you heard/said at a pub? Well, welcome to the psychedelic world of drunkorexia. Philadelphia professors describe it as a “disturbing blend of self-imposed starvation (or bingeing and purging) combined with alcohol abuse.
Sure-fire Signs: You starve all day to offset the calories in the alcohol you consume. Your approach may not be as extreme, but if your train of thought runs along the same lines, it’s cause enough
for concern.
How to beat it: Don’t go all the way. Be a sensible drunkorexic. Get your share of complex carbs, proteins, fibre and what have you, through the day. And religiously chew on salads when you hit the bar.

> Rust Out<
How many times have you sighed, “I’m sooooo bored of my job!” in the recent past? Burnout’s boredom-based counterpart rust out seems to have hit a section of city professionals where it hurts. And when coupled with quarter life crisis, midlife crisis or plain existential cry-sis, it only gets worse.
Sure-fire Signs: It’s Friday. And you wish Monday never comes. Monday arrives. You haul yourself to work, and begin to fantasise about the weekend.
How to beat it: When you’ve gotten too comfortable/complacent in your organisation/career, it’s time for change. Drastic or not, depends on your personality. Ask for a transfer change of role/department, pool your  resources for a private venture  whatever works for you. Minus the euphemisms, rust out is nothing but “turning into furniture”. And no one wants that to happen to them. Right?

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Roshni Chopra, TV actor
Nomophobia: Fear of not having a phone Cyberchondria: Fear of being caught in cyberspace
Drunkorexia: A condition where you drink too much and throw up
Rust out: It's a process where metal comes in contact with oxygen and creates rust

Kiran D'souza, branch manager with a brokerage firm
Nomophobia: You are not scared of anything
Cyberchondria: Addicted to the net
Drunkorexia: A medicine to cure alcoholism
Rust out: A condition where you are very exhausted

VJ Archana, TV presenter
Nomophobia: A phobia of numbers
Cyberchondria: Suffering from a disease where you need to constantly be part of the web world
Drunkorexia: When you can't remember things because you are drunk
Rust out: You’re old and bored and need to get a life

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