October 5, 2012

‘Internet addiction’ to be classified as mental illness

 http://reneweveryday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/25129f9b8800490f9221bd9b3f7c7a511.jpgYou may not just spend a lot of time on the Internet. Come 2013, “Internet-use disorder” will be classified as a mental illness.

‘Internet-use disorder’ is set to be added to the list of mental illnesses in the worldwide psychiatric manual, Reuters reports. And kids are the most susceptible to the disorder.

The international mental health encyclopedia, or ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM-IV),will include Internet-use disorder as a condition “recommended for further study” in its forthcoming May 2013 edition.

Psychologists believe that Internet addiction should be categorized like other addiction disorders as it has similar symptoms, including emotional shutdown, lack of concentration and withdrawal. The new edition in the DSM demonstrates that there are risks posed by overusing technology and that more research is required.

''With kids, gaming is an obvious issue. But overall, technology use could be a potential problem,'' Director of the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre Mike Kyrios told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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