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Internet Addiction Disorder

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Mary Ramirez

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Internet Addiction Disorder

Internet Addiction
Disorder An impulse-control disorder not involving an intoxicant (pathological gambling). Difficulty In Labeling No true universal definition of addiction in general

The APA states that addiction occurs with the dependence of a drug

Easy to hide the addiction with school or job

Internet is everywhere and practical. Used in business, academic, and military settings

Do I Have an Internet Addiction Disorder? Young's Internet Addiction Test (YIAT)

1. Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (think about previous on-line activity or anticipate next on-line session)?
2. Do you feel the need to use the Internet with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction?
3. Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use?
4. Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?
5. Do you stay on-line longer than originally intended?
6. Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the Internet?
7. Have you lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet?
8. Do you use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?
Epidemiology and Comorbidity ADHD and Hostility
ADHD predominantly in adolescent girls
Hostility predominantly in adolescent boys (Moon, 2009).


Bi-polar Disorder

Male predominance (Lam, 2009) Garrison, J., & Long, P. (1995). Getting off the superhighway. Health (Time Inc.
Health), 9(6), 20.

Lam, L.T., Peng, Z., Mai, J., & Jing, J. (2009). Factors associated with internet
addiction among adolescents.Cyber Psychology & Behavior, 12(5), doi:

Moon, M.A. (2009). Adhd, hostility predicted internet addiction.
Pediatric News, 43(12), Retrieved from http://find.galegroup.com.ezproxy.

Shek, D.T.L., Tang, V.M.Y., & Lo, C.Y. (2009). Evaluation of an internet addiction
treatment program for chinese adolescents in hong kong. Adolescence, 44(174), 359-

Young, K.S. (1999). Internet addiction: symptoms, evaluation, and treatment.
Innovations In Clinical Practice, 17. Retrieved from
References Just as in other addictions severity is measured in how it affects the addicted person's life, not in hours. Consequences Health
Unhealthy sleep patterns resulting in fatigue
and a decreased immune system resulting in higher
susceptibility to disease
Fatigue may cause problems in other realms as well
Familial Problems
Relationships and marriages
Cyber Widows
Cyber Affairs
Less time spent with family
Academic Problems
Decline in study habits
Drop in grades
Missed classes
Academic probation
Job loss due to inappropriate use of the internet Treatment Practice the Opposite External Stoppers
New Patterns Alarms

Setting Goals Abstinence
Sense of control Specific Applications

Reminder Cards Personal Inventory
5 & 5 in pocket Activity Ranking

Support Groups Family Therapy
Rehabilitation Center Communication
12 Step Program Assistance (Young, 1999) Applications World Wide Web
Chat Rooms
Online Gaming
Social Networking Sites
Search Engines
Online Gambling Group Therapy with a comination of readiness to change
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Motivational Interviewing Interventions
Reality Therapy Group Counseling Programs (Shek, Tang, & Lo 2009)
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