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Can you let me know is internet addiction a recognized mental illness?

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Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Yes & no

Many professionals think that behavioral addictions are not legitimate, just "bad habits.
" but if a behavior takes over your life or interferes with other major parts of life, it may be that the behavior (internet, gambling, sex, food, etc) is affecting yr brain chemistry similar to an intoxicating chemical. Abstinence & support from others helps, see http://www.Netaddiction.Com/.

In brief: Yes & no

Many professionals think that behavioral addictions are not legitimate, just "bad habits.
" but if a behavior takes over your life or interferes with other major parts of life, it may be that the behavior (internet, gambling, sex, food, etc) is affecting yr brain chemistry similar to an intoxicating chemical. Abstinence & support from others helps, see http://www.Netaddiction.Com/.
Dr. Adam Front
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