We as humans have differentiated ourselves on countless things. There are two things that humans have which unite all of us is hope and confidence. If we are hopeful, we might not push everything on confidence, if we have confidence, we don’t need hope as we believe in ourselves. Hope is a funny thing, and it makes us think that we can do the things that we never dreamt. Humans hope that they get some attention, due to this, they try to be flamboyant (tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, and stylishness.). We make ourselves look good, show confidence, so on and so forth. But few people go to extremes, and as we know, anything extreme is never good; they suffer “Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD).” In which people seek the utmost attention, which leads to inappropriate seduction and an excessive need for approval. It is a widespread problem in the world, and informal therapy sessions show much improvement in this.
But today our topic is not about HPD. What happens when a human doesn’t get enough attention? They try to create moments to get attention which they call “attitude” without knowing the meaning of it. If you go to google.com/images and search for “attitude.” You will surely find lots of images with a girl or a guy holding a cigarette and some cliche lines. You guessed it right, today our topic is about “drug abuse”. Drug use (Which include alcohol, Cannabis, cigarettes and other illicit drugs) is, directly and indirectly, responsible for 11.8 million deaths each year. According to many studies conducted, the socio-economic class, which has the best standard of living have the highest cases of drug addicts. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that almost half of people who are diagnosed with HPD are also diagnosed with a substance misuse disorder.
By the statistics, it is evident that those who cannot seek attention in a usual way tends to go out of the box to such an extreme level that he is ready to abuse his body physically and mentally hoping to get attention. But what is the use of such kind of attention when we are making ourselves and our loved ones depressed? If you go to a bar and ask a guy why is he drunk so much, he says I’m depressed today. People are not ready to agree that they are having mental problems before a doctor as it is shameful, but are prepared to get over-drunk in a bar and get addicted to it. Impressive, isn’t it? People are ready to forget the world by smoking Cannabis or snorting cocaine and inject Ecstasy but are not prepared to correct the problems that they should eventually live. Ironical, isn’t it?
Why do people need attention? When there is a need for approval from anyone. Why do people need approval? When they lack confidence. As I said at the start, hope is a funny thing. It makes us does things to such extreme levels that we can’t even imagine. You may say Canada has legalised Cannabis what is wrong if we smoke it in the rest of the world? When it is controlled by government people, get the pure stuff, and there will be no issues, but if you get it illegally from a local dealer, it is very dangerous. Most of them use shoe polish to make Cannabis to dry it locally. It causes systematic complications such as increased heart rate, impaired motor skills, hallucinations, paranoia, memory loss, H2S (Hydrogen Sulphide) poisoning and lung damage.
In the end, people who want to be with you will be with you no matter what. If you do things out of the box to grab attention, you may get attention. But you will end up hurting you and the people who truly love you forever.
Links for Reference:
Our World in Data on drugs: https://ourworldindata.org/drug-use
American Abused Centres on HPD on substance abuse: https://americanaddictioncenters.org/personality-disorders/histrionic