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It's almost like the alcoholic Castano where they're gonna get -- next straight ahead in no religion lives.
-- doctors recommend an average of thirty minutes of physical activity each day.
For this 46 year old California native he became an addiction.
Someone has a problem.
Where either substance or process or an action or -- thought.
Dictates a cycle that releases -- -- -- the pleasure centers of the brain.
And that that seems substance or.
That same process tests occur over and over and over again to satisfy.
That drive access to activate this pleasure signers.
This is exercise obsession began over fifteen years ago after she graduated college she never thought anything was wrong with what was stolen.
And -- exercise was healthy and -- to deal with stress.
People look at -- just thought -- she's healthy she works out.
But my mind what was.
My mind was the problem all of my life revolved around the next exercise six if you well and someone that has a compulsive disorder to exercise.
Actually has a problem where they miss out on everything else in their life at the expense of having to do this exercise -- -- this.
Overwhelming sense of anxiety and drive to exercise that normal people -- And that's exactly what started happening -- misty she started skipping gatherings leaving work early and it.
Ending dates to hit the -- The problem with over exercising.
You get to the point where the psychological pain outweighs any benefits that you would have from a physical standpoint of exercising.
-- sought help after family and friends started poking fun at her exercise obsession.
Andrew -- -- -- clean treatment centers says cognitive behavioral therapy is soft and the best treatment.
Medication can help relieve anxiety.
And a twelve step program works -- color underline triggers.
Recovery is a definitely.
And I dated a process for me -- spiritual solution for me it really is about staying focused.
Misty still works out but doesn't get upset if she misses -- day she is also hoping to bring awareness to this problem.
In the best thing you can do.
Is get help ask for help and be honest about what's going on -- can destroy your life and can really hurt you physically I'm Dr.
Manny Fox News.