Welcome to Fan Fiction Addicts Anonymous (FFAA)!
Fan fiction addiction (FFA) is a real and serious problem for many. If you are consuming and/or crafting any form of fan fiction excessively, or if you would like to find out more about this devastating disorder, please feel free to roam about this website for support group forums, helpful articles, and more.
Fan fiction addiction (FFA) is a form of addiction, especially prevalent among readers/writers of fan fiction. It could lead to significant distress and failure to function properly in one's daily life. It closely resembles a deviant form of substance abuse disorder, the only difference being that, rather than commonly known natural or synthetic drugs, fan fictions are one's substance of choice.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR, 2000), defines substance abuse as:
One or more of the following during a 12-month period, leading to significant impairment or distress:
(1) Failure to fulfill important obligations at work, home, or school as a result of substance use.
(2) Repeated use of the substance in situations in which it is physically hazardous to do so.
(3) Repeated legal problems as a result of substance use.
(4) Continued use of the substance despite repeated social or legal problems as a result of use
Further more, the DSM-IV-TR defines substance dependence as:
Maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to three or more of the following:
(1) Tolerance, as defined by either of the following: (a) A need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect. (b) Markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.
(2) Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following: (a) The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance (refer to Criteria A or B of the criteria sets for Withdrawal from specific substances). (b) The same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.
(3) The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.
(4) There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use.
(5) A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance (such as visiting multiple doctors or driving long distances), use the substance (such as chain smoking) or recover from its effects.
(6) Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use.
(7) The substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance.
If these criteria apply to you, whether in regards to fan fiction or any other potential substance (e.g. internet), and you would like help, please realize that there are many options available to you - you can get HELP. This includes, and is not limited to, seeking professional psychological and medical help in your local area.
At Fan Fiction Addicts Anonymous (FFAA), we would like to invite everyone who suffers from FFA to discuss and talk about their problems. We are a support group, built by those with FFA, for those with FFA. Our sincerest hope is that we will all get back on the right path: the full experience of life that we have been missing due to excessive fan fiction use. Please join us in finding out more about - and raising awareness for - FFA.
We are here for you. Please be here for us. We can overcome FFA together, and there is always hope.
God bless us, everyone!