It is generally considered that addiction is a compulsive, uncontrollable dependence of a substance, habit, or practice with cessation (stopping it) causing emotional, mental, or physiological reactions that are distressing to the person. The question is whether this definition can realistically applied to the use of modern technologies such as the internet.
The American Psychiatric Association has refused to find a place for addiction to the internet or the new term Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) in its forthcoming DSM V classification, stating that further research needs to be conducted, before the diagnosis can be considered valid.
Experts who have argued that IAD should be classified in DSM V have divided the condition into subtypes such as excessive social networking, pornography use, online gaming, blogging, email, or e-commerce.
Recent studies have shown that people who are “addicted to the internet” may show addictive behaviors in other areas such as alcohol, nicotine, and gambling. However, there is also evidence that excessive internet use is more akin to obsessive compulsive disorder. A further study has shown changes in the brain in teenagers who excessively use the internet.
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PO Box 72
Help For Internet Addictions
1001 290th Ave SE
Promises Treatment Centers
West Los Angeles
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Dr. Brent Conrad email@example.com
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Counselling Services, Saint Mary’s University
O’Donnell-Hennessey Student Centre
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Internet Addiction Treatment Center,
General Hospital of Beijing Military Region,
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