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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Internet Addiction (Overview)

internet addiction can be a way to escape the realities of life, compare ourselves to others which can cause anxiety and out of possible boredom. When people spend hours of wasted time playing video games, etc., in my opinion it is an epidemic that can result in procrastination, insomnia, lateness and a can create social liabilities.


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A friend's child was just diagnosed with internet addiction, is that a serious condition?

A friend's child was just diagnosed with internet addiction, is that a serious condition?

Internet addiction: Internet is the new addiction of our time. It is a serious problem. The child spends endless time clicking every link, site, facebook, y-tube, etc, to the total exclusion of her chores, homework, out side play, and interaction with family or peers and eats her meals beside her computer. That is the addiction. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
35 doctors shared insights

Internet Addiction (Overview)

internet addiction can be a way to escape the realities of life, compare ourselves to others which can cause anxiety and out of possible boredom. When people spend hours of wasted time playing video games, etc., in my opinion it is an epidemic that can result in procrastination, insomnia, lateness and a can create social liabilities.


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I find myself waking up in the middle of the night to check my emails. I mean wtf? Is this a sign of internet addiction?

I find myself waking up in the middle of the night to check my emails. I mean wtf? Is this a sign of internet addiction?

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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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
every other day
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
once
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What are the symptoms of internet addiction?

What are the symptoms of internet addiction?

See DSM: Essentially, when instead of the pleasure it becomes problematic. The person is preoccupied with the habit; spends more and more time on internet; without computer , is irritable, unhappy; time with computer instead of other responsibilities; there is no control over the habit; cont to do it despite consequences. I treat it with "physiological extinction". ...Read more

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How to know if I have an internet addiction?

How to know if I have an internet addiction?

As he asked this ?: on the internet. If you are online when you should be doing other things, if you are obsessed with always needing to be connected, if you have anxiety and a strong desire to be online when you aren't, it is likely you have a problem. Internet "addiction" is not one thing - it can be gambling problems, sexual issues, making new personalities in chat rooms and many other things. See a counselor. ...Read more

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Are there good psychology books on depression caused by internet addiction?

Are there good psychology books on depression caused by internet addiction?

Yes but : The depression is secondary to the addiction- treat the addiction first then reassess whether depressed feelings continue to persist. See a professional who specializes in addiction. You are not likely to get the help you need from just reading a book! self help is fine , like 12 step programs , but seeking help is the first step... ...Read more

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How should I treat internet addiction?

How should I treat internet addiction?

RX underlyingdisease: Most "process addictions" - gambling, overeating, sex addiction, internet addiction - are related to underlying anxiety disorders and/or depressive disorders. Some 12-step techniques work for some process addictions, such as gambling, but others, including internet addiction, are usually part of an obsessive-compulsive personality and the underlying disorders needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Some could be: Internet addiction takes many faces and is becoming more common. It can be internet porn, cybersex, internet gaming & gambling, compulsive web surfing, etc. If you're using this to modulate mood and are doing it more than you intend, you may well have an addiction similar to use of a substance. Some types of counseling may be helpful. Here is a resource: http://www.Netaddiction.Com/. ...Read more

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How do I cure an internet addiction?

How do I cure an internet addiction?

Psychiatric Evaluati: Consider best treatment rather than ''cure'', as most likely an expert evaluation may reveal a range of circumstantial to complex & complicated causes. The approach should then be tailored to what lay behind the behavior. Approach this as you would any symptom that has gone beyond a reasonable time during which one's current health should have cured, if not clearly improved the sx. ...Read more

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Have scientists found treatments for internet addiction?

Have scientists found treatments for internet addiction?

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

How can I get rid of internet addiction?

Treat any addiction: By increasing your motivation to change. Look at use pattern (keep a log), identify consequences, list reasons to change, rate motivation for each reason (0-10) & develop those 8+, build confidence by listing your personal successes overcoming challenges, describe benefits of change, set goals, develop a plan, measure progress, & work with supportive people & knowledgeable professionals. ...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

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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?

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

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How do I cure an internet addiction?

Psychiatric Evaluati: Consider best treatment rather than ''cure'', as most likely an expert evaluation may reveal a range of circumstantial to complex & complicated causes. The approach should then be tailored to what lay behind the behavior. Approach this as you would any symptom that has gone beyond a reasonable time during which one's current health should have cured, if not clearly improved the sx. ...Read more

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How can I kick an internet addiction?

Not sure if asking: about it on the internet is the best way to go. Internet "addiction" is not a single entity. In many people it is really a sexual addiction, searching out cybersex and pornography. Others it's gambling. Still others its creating multiple "personas" and pretending to be different people. Whatever, it's an escape from life, and a mental health professional can help find the cause and help treat it. ...Read more

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How can I beat my internet addiction?

Treat any addiction: By increasing your motivation to change. Look at use pattern (keep a log), identify consequences, list reasons to change, rate motivation for each reason (0-10) & develop those 8+, build confidence by listing your personal successes overcoming challenges, describe benefits of change, set goals, develop a plan, measure progress, & work with supportive people & knowledgeable professionals. ...Read more

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How do you cure an internet addiction?

How do you cure an internet addiction?

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 should I treat internet addiction?

RX underlyingdisease: Most "process addictions" - gambling, overeating, sex addiction, internet addiction - are related to underlying anxiety disorders and/or depressive disorders. Some 12-step techniques work for some process addictions, such as gambling, but others, including internet addiction, are usually part of an obsessive-compulsive personality and the underlying disorders needs to be treated. ...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