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Treatment For Internet Use Disorder

The number of people in the U.S. spending 20 hours or longer per week on the Internet nearly doubled between 2008 and 2015 to more than 43 million. The Internet has become an integral part of contemporary life, and consequently, has led to a wide range of problematic behaviors associated with its use. Troubling behaviors include excessive online gaming, online buying and gambling, constant emailing, prolific use of social media and viewing pornography. When they become addictive, these behaviors are known as process addictions, with similarities to impulse control disorders such as pathological gambling.

People frequently turn to the Internet to escape from problems or to relieve a dysphoric mood (e.g. feelings of hopelessness, guilt, anxiety or depression). While process addictions can significantly impair daily functioning, they are not associated with a high incidence of mortality like substance or alcohol abuse. Surveys in the U.S. and Europe indicate Internet addiction disorder affects 1.5% to 8.2% of the population, while others report higher rates between 6% and 18.5%.

Symptoms of Internet Addiction

– Feelings of guilt
– Anxiety
– Isolation
– Agitation
– Depression
– Dishonesty
– Euphoric feelings when online
– No sense of time
– Defensiveness
– Avoiding doing work
– Inability to stick to schedules
– Inability to cut back or stop Internet use

Repercussions of Internet Addictions

Like any potentially addictive behaviors, doing something excessively often leads to dependence. When people engage in the following online activities disproportionately to everything else in their lives, the following repercussions often occur.

– Online surfing leads to decreased productivity at work and fewer interactions with family members
– Feelings of restlessness, moodiness, depression or irritability manifest when attempting to cut down use of the Internet
– Time spent engaged in online activities such as gaming, trading stocks, gambling and bidding on auctions leads to overspending and problems at work
– Surfing porn sites affects real-life relationships
– Use of social networking sites to create relationships rather than spending time with family or friends negatively impacts real-life relationships

Internet Addiction Treatment

Treatment includes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and reality training, or a combination of psychological and/or counseling therapies within a self-devised treatment program. Most therapies are administered by trained professionals, although some are delivered in an online computerized format. Treatment duration can range from a single therapy session to programs as long as 19 months.

Internet addiction treatment has not been widely studied, however, it is a growing area of clinical research. Internet addiction is not included in the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association. The significant need for a consensus concerning the clinical definition of Internet addiction has led to obstacles in the development and validation of recognized diagnostic tools and effective evidence-based treatment modalities.

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The number of people in the U.S. spending 20 hours or longer per week on the Internet nearly doubled between 2008 and 2015 to more than 43 million. The Internet has become an integral part of contemporary life, and consequently, has led to a wide range of problematic behaviors associated with its use. Troubling behaviors include excessive online gaming, online buying and gambling, constant emailing, prolific use of social media and viewing pornography. When they become addictive, these behaviors are known as process addictions, with similarities to impulse control disorders such as pathological gambling.

People frequently turn to the Internet to escape from problems or to relieve a dysphoric mood (e.g. feelings of hopelessness, guilt, anxiety or depression). While process addictions can significantly impair daily functioning, they are not associated with a high incidence of mortality like substance or alcohol abuse. Surveys in the U.S. and Europe indicate Internet addiction disorder affects 1.5% to 8.2% of the population, while others report higher rates between 6% and 18.5%.

Symptoms of Internet Addiction

– Feelings of guilt
– Anxiety
– Isolation
– Agitation
– Depression
– Dishonesty
– Euphoric feelings when online
– No sense of time
– Defensiveness
– Avoiding doing work
– Inability to stick to schedules
– Inability to cut back or stop Internet use

Repercussions of Internet Addictions

Like any potentially addictive behaviors, doing something excessively often leads to dependence. When people engage in the following online activities disproportionately to everything else in their lives, the following repercussions often occur.

– Online surfing leads to decreased productivity at work and fewer interactions with family members
– Feelings of restlessness, moodiness, depression or irritability manifest when attempting to cut down use of the Internet
– Time spent engaged in online activities such as gaming, trading stocks, gambling and bidding on auctions leads to overspending and problems at work
– Surfing porn sites affects real-life relationships
– Use of social networking sites to create relationships rather than spending time with family or friends negatively impacts real-life relationships

Internet Addiction Treatment

Treatment includes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and reality training, or a combination of psychological and/or counseling therapies within a self-devised treatment program. Most therapies are administered by trained professionals, although some are delivered in an online computerized format. Treatment duration can range from a single therapy session to programs as long as 19 months.

Internet addiction treatment has not been widely studied, however, it is a growing area of clinical research. Internet addiction is not included in the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association. The significant need for a consensus concerning the clinical definition of Internet addiction has led to obstacles in the development and validation of recognized diagnostic tools and effective evidence-based treatment modalities.

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