Internet addiction disorder (IAD) is characterised by compulsive overuse of the internet, to the point where it interferes with the sufferer’s daily life. Although internet addiction is still not acknowledged as a legitimate clinical disorder by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), more and more professionals are developing treatment methods as the internet continues to penetrate deeper into the fabric of society.
Internet Addiction Disorder
Internet addiction is very often linked to other existing mental health issues, depression in particular. It is for this reason that it is so important to consult a mental health professional in cases of IAD. While treating IAD as a symptom, a professional will also assist you in identifying the root of the problem.
While studies show that IAD often corrects itself, with many patients cutting their own internet overuse over time, other cases may require strict intervention before the disorder is allowed to wreak havoc on the sufferer’s social and professional lives.
Internet Addiction Treatment
Internet addiction treatment usually focuses on identifying the root cause of the problem based on the type of activities that the sufferer is addicted to. These range from excessive gaming, viewing of pornography, blogging, emailing or Facebook abuse. Online gaming addiction has become increasingly prevalent of late and, as such, has been well studied and documented. Various treatments and programs are now available specifically to assist patients with this problem.
Internet addiction is just another manifestation of an addictive personality, one which may be replaced by other, more physically and socially damaging forms of addiction. If you or one of your loved ones is spending excessive periods of time on the internet for non-work related purposes, and this is having negative effects on their lives, contact us at Twin Rivers Rehab now. We’re always available to answer your questions and provide some advice with regards to your addiction.
External Contribution By Twin Rivers Staff
David Briskham, Twin Rivers director and fitness instructor contributed on Media Update – Internet and addiction; the modern curse