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Internet Addiction: on its way to becoming a recognized mental illness?

19 October 2012 No Comment

Phones in pockets, Bluetooth in ears, and computers on laps; we are almost constantly connected to the Internet in some way. Now the American Psychiatric Association is taking steps to classify ‘Internet addiction’ or ‘Internet use disorder’ as a treatable mental illness. The new conditions could appear in the next Statistical Manual of Mental Illness, the proverbial bible for those in the field of mental illness.
Dr. Charl Els, an addiction specialist at the University of Alberta Hospital, says some sort of inclusion of ‘Internet Addiction’ in the DSM5  is likely.
“Whether it’s actually going…

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