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Can internet addiction cause depression?

Can internet addiction cause depression?

More likely reverse: Depression is more likely to lead to excessive use of the internet than the reverse. However, spending all of your time on the internet is likely to lead to poor sleep habits, poor dietary choices, and withdrawal from family and friends. These things can all exacerbate depression. Internet use should be limited to less than 2 hrs/day for non-work purposes. ...Read more

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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Can there be a link between internet addiction and clinical depression?

Can there be a link between internet addiction and clinical depression?

Possibly: People with depression often have low drive & low energy. So they may chose to use their time engaging in an activity that is both non-demanding and distracting. In other words this may become somewhat of a crutch. Individuals with serious internet addictions often do this at the expense of relationships, physical health & emotional stimulation. This may or may not contribute to depressive state. ...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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I'm 18 and I have an internet addiction, i think i'm depressed too. What do I do?

I'm 18 and I have an internet addiction, i think i'm depressed too. What do I do?

12 step group: There are 12 step groups for internet addiction. As far as the depression it may get better once your address your addiction. If not, see your pcp. ...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

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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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How can I kick an internet addiction?

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?

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 can you stop an internet addiction?

Get curious offline: It's an interesting question, because for most people going online is necessary for professional and/or social survival. If you feel uncomfortable with the amount of time you spend online, look at the biggest time wasters and restrict them. Reach out to someone in real life. Schedule activities where you can't go online. Figure out what really makes you feel fulfilled. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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What cure is available for internet addiction?

Addiction: Only effective way is to find a more rewarding activity and gradually increase it while gradually spending less time online. Hopefully the replacement is a healthy one. ...Read more

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How to stop my internet addiction from going mobile?

How to stop my internet addiction from going mobile?

Don't get an iPhone: If you truly have an "internet addiction" - meaning that you compulsively surf to the detriment of relationships, work, and real life - then getting a smartphone would be about as smart as an alcoholic getting a job as a bartender. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an internet addiction disorder?

How to know if I have an internet addiction disorder?

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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What is the definition or description of: Internet addiction?

What is the definition or description of: Internet addiction?

Internet addiction: 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. ...Read more

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How do I overcome my internet addiction?

How do I overcome my internet addiction?

See below: Counseling and perhaps meds known to reduce compulsive thinking. ...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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Could you tell me why internet addiction makes me feel depress?

I don't know: nor could anyone else just from what you have said. Depression has many causes, and the only way to know is to see a mental health professional for an evaluation. You can start with your primary care provider, who may want to refer you on. People DO things on the internet, and that is the problem, not just being on it. Sexual problems, gambling, impersonation of others are all different. ...Read more

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How to get rid of internet addiction?

How to get rid of internet addiction?

Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Internet addiction would fall into this group. To use the internet less, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise, napping, reading, doing a mind stimulating game, having a conversation with a friend in person. ...Read more

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How to get rid of an internet addiction?

Use a timer: Using a timer helps some people. Allow yourself to use the internet, say for one hour. When the timer goes off, turn off the computer, and don't use smart phones or other gadgets to connect. Find other activities. Exercise, hobbies, walk, talk to friends. Build a life away from the online community. Or seek professional help. Like any other addiction, there are degrees of severity. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Internet Addiction (Definition)

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 ...Read more