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Internet Addiction is the New Mental Health Disorder

Internet Addiction

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  • “Internet use disorder" will be recommended as an area that needs further study in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM), which means it may become an actual mental health disorder very soon.
  • As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, Internet use disorder includes many characteristics of any addiction, such as experiencing withdrawal symptoms when the object of addiction is taken away, an inability to control its use, developing a tolerance to it, deceiving family members about its use, and losing interests in other hobbies. In this case, of course, the object of abuse is the Internet.
  • By making Internet addiction a certifiable mental illness, it then becomes treatable by drugs and billable through insurance companies―and morphs into a "disorder" that is likely something that will stigmatize your health records for the rest of your life.

By Dr. Mercola

The next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) – often referred to as the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) diagnostic "bible" – is due out in May 2013.

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