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Abstract Problematic computer use is a growing social issue which is being debated worldwide. Internet Addiction Disorder IAD ruins lives by causing neurological complications, psychological disturbances, and social problems.
Surveys in the United States and Europe have indicated alarming prevalence rates between 1. There are several reviews addressing the definition, classification, assessment, epidemiology, and co-morbidity of IAD , and some reviews  addressing the treatment of IAD.
The aim of this paper is to give a preferably brief overview of research on IAD and theoretical considerations from a practical perspective based on years of daily work with clients suffering from Internet addiction. Furthermore, with this paper we intend to bring in practical experience in the debate about the eventual inclusion of IAD in the next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM.
Meanwhile, both China and South Korea have identified Internet addiction as a significant public health threat and both countries support education, research and treatment [ 12 ].
In the United States, despite a growing body of research, and treatment for the disorder available in out-patient and in-patient settings, there has been no formal governmental response to the issue of Internet addiction.
While the debate goes on about whether or not the DSM-V should designate Internet addiction a mental disorder [ 12 - 14 ] people currently suffering from Internet addiction are seeking treatment.
Because of our experience we support the development of uniform diagnostic criteria and the inclusion of IAD in the DSM-V [ 11 ] in order to advance public education, diagnosis and treatment of this important disorder.
It is accompanied by changes in mood, preoccupation with the Internet and digital media, the inability to control the amount of time spent interfacing with digital technology, the need for more time or a new game to achieve a desired mood, withdrawal symptoms when not engaged, and a continuation of the behavior despite family conflict, a diminishing social life and adverse work or academic consequences [ 21617 ].
Some researchers and mental health practitioners see excessive Internet use as a symptom of another disorder such as anxiety or depression rather than a separate entity [e.
Internet addiction could be considered an Impulse control disorder not otherwise specified. Yet there is a growing consensus that this constellation of symptoms is an addiction [e. The American Society of Addiction Medicine ASAM recently released a new definition of addiction as a chronic brain disorder, officially proposing for the first time that addiction is not limited to substance use [ 20 ].
All addictions, whether chemical or behavioral, share certain characteristics including salience, compulsive use loss of controlmood modification and the alleviation of distress, tolerance and withdrawal, and the continuation despite negative consequences.
Since then variations in both name and criteria have been put forward to capture the problem, which is now most popularly known as Internet Addiction Disorder. Problematic Internet Use PIU [ 21 ], computer addiction, Internet dependence [ 22 ], compulsive Internet use, pathological Internet use [ 23 ], and many other labels can be found in the literature.
Likewise a variety of often overlapping criteria have been proposed and studied, some of which have been validated. However, empirical studies provide an inconsistent set of criteria to define Internet addiction [ 24 ].
For an overview see Byun et al. Beard [ 2 ] recommends that the following five diagnostic criteria are required for a diagnosis of Internet addiction: Additionally, at least one of the following must be present:Group 4 - Social Issues:The effects of computers on children. Mechanics - 4 Organization - 4 Originality - 3 Requirements - 4 Content - 4 Collaboration - 4 I scored this project as high as I did due to the fact that it met or exceeded all the criteria for the scoring.
In the current paper we will explore the problem of computer addiction with the emphasis made on its bad effects and possible solutions that might be offered to reduce them to minimum or, if possible, to get rid of computer addiction at all.
Computer addiction can be described as the excessive or compulsive use of the computer which persists despite serious negative consequences for personal, social, Effects. Excessive computer use may result in, or occur with: Lack of . There is a significant correlation between sexual addiction and substance use disorders: According to some research, an estimated % of sex addicts also have a substance abuse disorder.
Alcohol abuse is most common, present in %, followed by marijuana abuse, present in %. computer game addiction is a serious disorder, then it should be entered into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders V (DSM-V).
With its inclusion, there will be credence to. Computer/Internet Addiction Symptoms, Causes and Effects An Internet or computer addiction is the excessive use of the former or the latter. The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) actually includes it as a disorder that needs further study and research.