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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

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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How can you argue that internet addiction is a real disorder?

How can you argue that internet addiction is a real disorder?

It's controversial: There is a concept of "process addictions"-gambling, sex, internet (which can be both sex;gambling and other things), compulsive dangerous activity (adrenaline "junkies), which some people feel are an addictive disorders while others think it is a variation of an obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is argument about the line between bad habits and disorders, but there is no doubt folks need help. ...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?

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 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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I have internet addiction, what to do?

I have internet addiction, what to do?

RXunderlying disease: 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. See psychiatrist. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Internet Addiction (Definition)

Individuals addicted to internet spend abnormal quantity of time on the internet. This addiction can lead to problems with ...Read more