Health & FitIs Internet Addiction a Real Thing?
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For most people, cutting back on screen time is challenging but doable. And while many people spend hours online every day–especially if their job requires it–that's not necessarily a major cause for concern. But a solid amount of research suggests that, for some people, internet dependence is a true addiction.
If you're mentallyRN, know that internet addiction entails more than just heavy internet use. "This condition does really share a lot of characteristics with more traditional addictions," says Neeraj Gandotra, M.D., psychiatrist and chief medical officer at . For starters, someone with an internet addiction can like distress, or even mood symptoms like anxiety or depression if they're not able to go online. It also interferes with daily life, so people who are affected ignore work, social engagements, taking care of family, or other responsibilities, to go online.
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"Why would you keep drinking when you know it makes you sick?," my daughter apprehensively asked just around the time I celebrated one year sober. Sick had become our code word for drunk at some point during the five years I drank in excess. I can only guess the question had been consuming her for years, but she was afraid to ask. She saw her mom turn into a pretty bad person every single time she drank alcohol. Her 10-year-old mind could not comprehend why I would continue to drink despite all of the many negative consequences. From where she sat, I had 100 percent control over my alcohol consumption.
And as with addiction to substances, internet addiction impacts the brain. When someone with an internet addiction goes online, their brain gets a release of dopamine. When they're offline, they miss out on that chemical reinforcement and, according to research published in Current Psychiatry Reviews. They can develop a tolerance to going online, and have to sign on more and more to achieve that neurochemical boost. (Related: )
Internet addiction is often referred to as internet addiction disorder, but it's not officially recognized as a mental disorder in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the APA's guide which serves to standardize mental disorders. But, to be clear, that doesn't mean that internet addiction isn't "real," just that there's not a consensus among how exactly to define it. Plus, internet addiction, so research is still pretty new, and health experts are still divided on how it should be classified.
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If you're wondering what kind of activities online attribute to internet addiction the most, online gaming andare two very common subtypes of the condition. (Related: )
In addition, many people become addicted to using the internet to live out fake identities, says Dr. Gandotra. "They can create online personas and pretend to be someone else." Oftentimes, these people are using this as a means to self-medicate for conditions such as anxiety or depression, the same way an alcoholic might drink to numb feelings, he says.
So, how do you treat internet addiction? Cognitive behavioral therapy, a, is a popular internet addiction treatment. And medical interventions can treat resultant symptoms that come with excessive internet use, like or irregular eating patterns, says Dr. Gandotra. (Related: )
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Since everyone is online *so* much–some–it can be hard to realize if you or someone you know has an addiction, but there are a few warning signs to look for. Reducing sleep to spend time online, getting defensive about internet use when questioned, and ignoring responsibilities and that someone needs help.
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The Difference Between Hyperfixation and Addiction.
Hyperfixation can be a symptom of anxiety and stress — and it’s actually a great example of how extraordinary our brains are at self-protection. Hyperfixation can be seen as a form of escapism, but it is also a form of rest. The brain shuts out all other pressures, stresses and fears and for a time focuses completely on one comparatively pleasurable point — and it just has to have more! It can feel frustratingly like procrastination, but also allows the brain time to heal from the electrochemical maelstrom of distress, anxiety and depression.
The Neuroscience of Internet Addiction
The Neuroscience of Internet Addiction.
Is Internet Addiction A Real Addiction?
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