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Doctor insights on: Help My Friend Is Addicted To The Computer

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My friend spends hours on the computer while laying down in bed is it depression?

My friend spends hours on the computer while laying down in bed is it depression?

Hard to know: With so little information about your friend, it's hard to know what's happening. At the very least, though, your friend is not exercising his/her body very much and is very focused on the computer. Some of these people have addictions to computer games or porn, etc. Does your friend hold a job or go to school? Does s/he get angry when asked to converse in real time -- instead of computer? ...Read more

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A friend falls frequently, feels weak, and often can't get up after sitting, gets sick when reading on the computer. Neurologists can't find a problem?

A friend falls frequently, feels weak, and often can't get up after sitting, gets sick when reading on the computer. Neurologists can't find a problem?

Vitamin B12 : Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible cause. It is often missed because the regular blood test for vitamin B12 is unreliable. There are two sensitive tests that can be done, one is homocysteine level and the other, methylmalonic acid. An alternative to these tests is to get weekly vitamin B12 injections for a few weeks to see if it makes a difference. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am so addicted to the computer?

Is there a reason why I am so addicted to the computer?

Indispensable addict: Internet or computer addiction is a serious problem, the gravity of which is realized today as it has become a normal household amenity. This ddiction can be hard to treat as it is not dispensable in the same manner drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and gambling are. Cognitive behavioral therapy, individual and group consulting may be effective. Underlying anxiety and depression should be treated. ...Read more

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What do you do when you're addicted to computer games?

What do you do when you're addicted to computer games?

Sell your computer: Presumably your addiction is a problem that causes some sort of psychosocial pain. It may seem incomprehensible, but you may need to sell your computer. You want to put as many barriers between you and the addiction as possible. Develop a support group and have someone to call when the urge to play games develops. Or get really good, and somehow harness your addiction to help the greater good. ...Read more

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What is an acceptable time for a 16 year old to spend playing computer games? He does well in school, but has not outside interests, or friends

What is an acceptable time for a 16 year old to spend playing computer games?  He does well in school, but has not outside interests, or friends

Less than 2 hours: We generally suggest no more than one hour of electronics per day, and not all all 30 minutes before bedtime. ...Read more