What is hyper-fixation?

Many individuals struggling with mental illness experience hyper-fixation. What is hyper-fixation exactly? Essentially it’s being completely immersed in something and forgetting about everything else. It’s a way to protect oneself from everything that we can’t deal with in that moment. It’s a way to get a break from the pressure of mental illness. It’s a way to escape our own mind.

Hyper-fixation can become a source of avoidance

Hyper-fixation can be a healthy coping mechanism, as long as you are able to deal with the issues that are crushing you eventually. If you can’t deal with the real world anymore, please seek out help.

Rage Cleaning is a form of Hyper-fixation

When my anxiety takes the form of anger, I hyper fixate on cleaning. It a good way to put some of that pent up energy to good use. The problem is that my fibromyalgia often catches up and I end up having to stop cleaning due to pain. When it’s all said and done, my house is cleaner.

Video games can also be a form of hyper-fixation

I play video games on the computer or even on my phone. I can lose myself in the gameplay. Repetitive games that require observation skills help me concentrate and forget the world around me. It’s calms my nerves down. It completely envelops me and I can forget, at least for a little while, the fog and cloying fingers of depression and anxiety.


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