Push To Classify Internet Addiction As a Mental Disorder
An editorial to be published in the American Journal of Psychiatry argues that Internet addiction is a common compulsive-impulsive disorder that should be added to psychiatry’s official guidebook of mental disorders.
Report author Dr. Block defines Internet addiction as including “excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations and e-mail/text messaging.”
Block says that those suffering internet addiction experience cravings, urges, withdrawal and tolerance, requiring more and better equipment and software, or more and more hours online.
Further, internet addicts can lose all track of time or neglect “basic drives,” like eating or sleeping; relapse rates are high, and some people may need psychoactive medications or hospitalization.