First, apologies for the acronym: actually it's Helmet Thread Addiction Syndrome. However, I'm sure you can agree that as a name, HAT Syndrome beats HTA Syndrome hands down. What's a little dyslexia between friends?
Second, most humble apologies to the powers that be for starting what may appear to be another helmet thread, when it's clear that, as a great philosopher put it,
My intent is to examine not helmets per se, but helmet thread addiction. I have no desire to solicit comments on the pros and cons of helmets here. However, I fully understand if a decision is taken at paygrades much higher than mine that, as another philosopher put it,
But enough preamble. Are you addicted to the helmet thread? If so, it's nothing to be ashamed of. We're all addicted to something. I have an aunt who can't stop posting youtube videos of her cat sneezing. She otherwise leads a normal life. As long as HAT Syndrome doesn't crowd out more important things in life, like sleep, sex, waiting in line for the newest iphone, and riding your bike, I would say don't give it another thought.
If you're the sort who's going to worry anyway, there are certain classic signs.
You may be addicted to the helmet thread if you:
- Have read the whole thing. And the one before. And the one before.
- Dream about it. Then wake up and find that you've sleepwalked to your computer, logged in, and your unseeing eyes are staring at it. Then wake up again, because that was a dream, too.
- Have all the regulars on a spreadsheet.
- Repeat yourself.
- Repeat yourself.
- Refuse to vacation in Australia (helmets compulsory) or Holland ("Helm? Wat helm?") as a matter of principle because of something you read on the helmet thread.
- Put on your helmet before you sit down to post. (To be fair, you could fall off your chair.)
- Start a thread about helmet thread addiction. Write songs.
- Are considering getting a helmet tattooed on your scalp, to have the best of both worlds.
If you think your addiction is a problem, there are steps you can take:
- Use net nanny software configured to block any content mentioning the H-word.
- Use alternate coping skills. At least that's what Dr. Phil says. Replace this thread addiction with another one. How about Beach Cruisers? Those sound relaxing, don't they? Plus there's a lower probability of helmets being mentioned.
- Have a support system. Whenever you feel yourself weakening, call a buddy. Somebody who's been there; somebody who understands; somebody who won't mind a call in the middle of the night when the demons come.
- Reward yourself when you succeed. Buy something nice.
If you do decide to seek help from a qualified mental health practitioner, you may be able to get a reduced rate by folding your helmet thread addiction into your overall forum addiction.