Traits and Tendencies of an Addictive Personality

An addictive personality will consistently engage in risk-taking and sensation-seeking behaviors that typically lead them to develop an addiction.

  • The DSM-5 does not list the addictive personality as one of the ten primary disorders.

Psychologists believe that these types’ strong compulsions are desperate attempts to counteract their inability to experience good feelings.

Qualified mental health professionals diagnose it by employing various assessment methods, including:

  • intake interviewing
  • self-evaluation questionnaires
  • IIP personality disorder scales
  • Temperament and character inventory
  • Iowa personality disorder screen

Online tests are available, and they may help people become more self-aware of their addictive behaviors.

To determine if someone has this disorder, addiction psychologists will evaluate only after medical detoxification.

Similar to other personality disorders, this does appear to have a genetic component. However, some psychiatrists theorize that addictive genes lie dormant until severe physical, psychological, and environmental stressors trigger them.

Additionally, dopamine imbalances, serotonin, and other neurotransmitter levels in the brain can contribute to development. Signs can appear in children as young as 10. Quite often, it involves food, the Internet, and other things readily available.

Personality traits associated with this disorder include nonconformity, deviation from social norms, alienation, and impulsivity. Other characteristics include:

  • Persistent addictions to substance abuse behaviors
  • Emotional instability/feelings of depersonalization and derealization
  • Deficiencies in coping skills and dealing productively with stressful situations
  • Claiming to be sick all the time or having a chronic disorder with no evidence to back up their claims

Take the Addictive Personality Self Test

An addictive personality will consistently engage in risk-taking and sensation-seeking behaviors that typically lead them to develop an addiction.

  • The DSM-5 does not list the addictive personality as one of the ten primary disorders.

Psychologists believe that these types’ strong compulsions are desperate attempts to counteract their inability to experience good feelings.

Qualified mental health professionals diagnose it by employing various assessment methods, including:

  • intake interviewing
  • self-evaluation questionnaires
  • IIP personality disorder scales
  • Temperament and character inventory
  • Iowa personality disorder screen

Online tests are available, and they may help people become more self-aware of their addictive behaviors.

To determine if someone has this disorder, addiction psychologists will evaluate only after medical detoxification.

Similar to other personality disorders, this does appear to have a genetic component. However, some psychiatrists theorize that addictive genes lie dormant until severe physical, psychological, and environmental stressors trigger them.

Additionally, dopamine imbalances, serotonin, and other neurotransmitter levels in the brain can contribute to development. Signs can appear in children as young as 10. Quite often, it involves food, the Internet, and other things readily available.

Personality traits associated with this disorder include:

  • nonconformity
  • deviation from social norms
  • alienation
  • impulsivity

Other characteristics include:

  • Persistent addictions to substances/behaviors
  • Emotional instability/feelings of depersonalization and derealization
  • Deficiencies in coping skills and dealing productively with stressful situations
  • They claim to be sick all the time or having a chronic disorder with no evidence to back up their claims.

Take the Addictive Personality Self Test