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Adrenaline Junkie

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Updated September 21, 2009

Definition:

Adrenaline junkie is a colloquial term used to describe someone who is addicted to thrilling and fear-inducing situations. The act of conquering fear creates a rush of endorphins that is simultaneously energizing and relaxing. This natural high leads adrenaline junkies to seek out ever-bigger thrills and excitement.

Some adrenaline junkies place themselves into dangerous situations. Others prefer to know that they are physically safe, but pit themselves against obstacles that make them feel unsafe. Halloween events and roller coasters particularly appeal to adrenaline junkies.

This is not a psychiatrically established term.

Examples:
Roger loved the feeling of weightlessness that he experienced on roller coasters. As an adrenaline junkie, he eventually switched to skydiving in order to achieve a bigger thrill.
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