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Doctor insights on: Addiction To The Internet And Online Gaming

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Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

All the same: Addiction to anything means that you are not getting the most out of life and your relationships with family and friends. Limit your time on these things and make your life and relationships your priorty. On your deathbed you will remember the people in your life; not the hours you spent playing world of warcraft. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is it possible to have an addiction to the internet?

Is it possible to have an addiction to the internet?

Wording choice - yes: There is a difference between compulsion and addiction - so yes some people feel compeled initially and if left unchecked can become addicted. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop my extreme addiction to the internet and start to become productive?

What can be done to stop my extreme addiction to the internet and start to become productive?

Seek help: All addictions are serious. If you are addicted to porn, shopping, or emailing/ texting you need help since it can disrupt your life as all addictions do. You may have anxiety with obsessive compulsive issues and these are serious problems. Ask you physician for a referral to a psychologist and psychiatrist and seek any 10 step programs available for this problem that are in your city. ...Read more

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What steps should I take to break my addiction to the internet?

Seek help: You need to get involved in a recovery/treatment program. This is one option: http://www.Netaddictionrecovery.Com/. ...Read more

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Isn't addiction to the internet better than being addicted to substances such as drugs, alcohol or smoking ?

Isn't addiction to the internet better than being addicted to substances such as drugs, alcohol or smoking ?

The good race, eh?: No addiction is good, nor is it appropriate to compare. Gaming addiction can lead to financial ruin, interpersonal catastrophe, loss of work, poor hygiene, felonious behavior, and the consequent social ills so associated. As can any addictive behavior. This sounds like a rationalization. If you have or suspect you have an addiction, it's best to seek medical help. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I stop my addiction to internet forums?

How do I stop my addiction to internet forums?

Mutual support helps: You might consider checking out the mutual support groups that are available on the internet. An alcoholic who wants recovery, and is unable to leave the bar, may find another alcoholic in the bar who is looking for recovery, and together they may do what neither could do alone. ...Read more

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How long on the internet is considered an addiction?

How long on the internet is considered an addiction?

Going beyond limits: If you set limits like facebook 2 hours and going beyond your time limit and frequently violating your personal time limits is considered addiction - learn how to set limits at - http://outsmarter.Net/. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to stop addiction to internet?

I need some tips on how to stop addiction to internet?

To break Internet : Addiction, try to take a break from the the internet for a week or two, cold turkey. Plan some outings and meet with friends. If you can not stay away from going online , you will know you need additional help from a therapist. Let me know how it goes. ...Read more

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How do u cure internet addiction?

How do u cure internet addiction?

Indispensable addict: Internet addiction is a serious problem, which is being realized today, 20 years after it was introduced to households. Internet addiction can be hard to treat as internet is not dispensable in the same manner drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and gambling are. Cognitive behavioral therapy, individual & group counseling may be effective. Underlying depression, if present, should be treated. ...Read more

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How can I avoid internet addiction?

How can I avoid internet addiction?

Avoid the internet: Which you don't seem to be doing right at present, since you are asking questions on it. Internet addiction, like other "process" addictions (gambling, sex) can represent underlying psychiatric issues, and the first step would be to see a mental health professional with interests in addictive disorders. In some people it is a manifestation of obsessive-compulsive traits, while in others addiction. ...Read more