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Celebrity worship syndrome (CWS) is an obsessive addictive disorder in which a person becomes overly involved with the details of a celebrity’s personal and professional life.

The object of the obsession can be a movie or television personality or star, a sports figure or a true celebrity; but they all have in common the fact that they are all individuals that are highly visible.

CWS often starts out rather benign, just like the admiration most of us have for someone famous. However, once it grows from this harmless pastime the individual begins to be obsessed.

CWS is a mental health disorder, but there is increasing research that suggests that along with the symptom and behaviours of CWS there is a high rate of anxiety, depression and stress.

Often as the obsession progresses into a true addiction the individual will begin to believe there is a real relationship with the celebrity. This can lead to detailed fantasies that could potentially escalate into more dangerous behaviours and delusional thoughts.

Although it’s not immediately clear what exactly causes CWS, some experts believe that the deeper levels reflect an attempt to soothe an “empty self”.

Rather than just mere entertainment, some of us now turn to celebrities for all aspects of our lives and end up becoming emotionally involved with people we have never met.

To break from this addiction, see yourself living the way you want, in this case free from the envy and desire to be in a relationship with the celebrity, as one of the major components of recovery.

Looking for the positive aspects of that celebrity in the people around you and learning to focus on what is already in your life is a key factor in breaking this addiction. – Internet sources

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