Thread: Pilot Shortage?
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:25 AM   #8  
Std Deviation
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Originally Posted by starcheckdriver View Post
In the end, all of us pilots are the same...always waiting to fly an airplane and willing to do it for crappy pay! We get bit by the bug and that bite lasts forever.
Yep - flying meets the clinical definition for substance dependency:

Criteria for Substance Dependence (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - V):

A maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period:

Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect.

Markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.

Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:
the characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance (refer to Criteria A and B of the criteria sets for Withdrawal from the specific substances)
The same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.

The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.

There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use.

A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects.

Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use.

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.
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