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Tense? Angry? Can't get online? Internet addiction is now a serious public health issue that should be officially recognised as a clinical disorder, according to a leading psychiatrist.

Excessive gaming, viewing online pornography, emailing and text messaging have been identified as causes of a compulsive-impulsive disorder by Dr Jerald Block, author of an editorial for the respected American Journal of Psychiatry. Block argues that the disorder is now so common that it merits inclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the profession's primary resource to categorise and diagnose mental illnesses. He says internet addiction has four main components:

· Excessive use, often associated with a loss of sense of time or a neglect of basic drives;

· Withdrawal, including feelings of anger, tension and/or depression when the computer is inaccessible;

· The need for better computers, more software, or more hours of use;

· Negative repercussions, including arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation and fatigue.


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Robert Freedman, editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, said expressions of the addiction could be diverse. 'In Korea, it seems to be primarily gaming sites. In America, it seems to be Facebook. It's porn, it's games, it's gambling, it's chatting with friends. All these things existed before, but now they're a lot easier.'

To beat the addiction, he advised: 'A self-help group might be a place to start. Maybe replace an online group with a real one.'
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Are you a net junkie?

If you answer 'yes' to five or more of these questions, you may have an internet addiction.

· Do you feel preoccupied with the internet? (Think about your online activity or anticipate your next online session.)

· Do you need increasing amounts of time on the net in order to achieve satisfaction?

· Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop internet use?

· Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop internet use?

· Do you stay online longer than originally intended?

· Have you jeopardised or risked the loss of a significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the internet?

· Have you lied to family members, a therapist or others to conceal the extent of your involvement with the internet?

· Do you use it to escape from problems (eg, feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?

yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, no, no.
looks like i have "internet illness"

doesn't everyone on this forum have the underlined problem??
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no
no
no (why would i cut back?)
Im angry all the time so no
no (who gives themselves a time limit?)
no (no one would)
yes, but i've lied about worse things.
yes. I also use driving to escape, omg i'm addicted. I use a lot of things to escape

Conclusion, this guy is a jerk trying to use a get rich quick scheme. His work is retarded.

You could use any of these questions for ANY hobby. Why is he just targeting it at the internet. Everyone uses their hobby to 'escape' it doesn't make them an addict. Everyone over uses their hobby.....because it's enjoyable. Is that a crime?
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yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, no, no.
looks like i have "internet illness"

doesn't everyone on this forum have the underlined problem??
Information is power. Knowledge is power. The internet gives everybody who has access to it, almost unlimited information and potential knowledge. This translates into almost unlimited power. It's not surprising that people get addicted. I am an addict. I'm even considering paying too much for an IPhone, just so I can have that vast wealth of information, that vast wealth of power, all the time. In fact, I'd love to be hooked up to the internet permanently. Perhaps via some kind of cyborg- esque wireless link. Mmmm, information! Give me moooooore! MOOOOORE!

*cough, cough*

Anyway, now you've brought my addiction to the surface, I must seek help.

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Yes
no
no
no
no
no
no
no

Half of those things were a no because I hadn't tried, lol. (I.E. cutting back, staying on longer than intended (I stay on till I get off?))
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Yes
(I stay on till I get off?))
Uhuh, im guessing about 20-30mins then. Depends what floats your boat though I suppose
    
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Uhuh, im guessing about 20-30mins then. Depends what floats your boat though I suppose
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I am everything they described :O!













































Lol.
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I'm not addicted to the internet, I just choose to spend 14 hours on it a day.
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Do you use it to escape from problems (eg, feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?
Any healthy person would have a hobby to escape from these things, isn't that the idea of a hobby?. the internet can be one of them.

Personally mine is Compter maintenance/upgrading/gaming.

I don't think this guy knows what he's talking about.
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I guess we are all sick...
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