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Internet addiction linked to ADHD, depression in teens

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(Health.com) — Some children and teens are more likely than their peers to become addicted to the Internet, and a new study suggests it’s more likely to happen if kids are depressed, hostile, or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or social phobia.

Teenagers who use the Internet so much that it interferes with everyday life and decision-making may be addicted.

Teenagers who use the Internet so much that it interferes with everyday life and decision-making may be addicted.

Although an Internet addiction is not an official diagnosis, signs of a potential problem include using the Internet so much for game playing or other purposes that it interferes with everyday life and decision-making ability. (The diagnosis is being considered for the 2012 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the “bible” of mental ailments published by the American Psychiatric Association).

Past research suggests that 1.4 percent to 17.9 percent of adolescents are addicted to the Internet, with percentages higher in Eastern nations than in Western nations,

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NetAddiction | Internet Addiction Test (IAT)

The Internet Addiction Test emerged as the first validated measure of Internet and technology addiction. The Internet Addiction suite of tests brings together the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) and the Internet Addiction Test for Families (IAT-F). The IAT is a self-report instrument for adolescents and adults. The IAT-F is for children and adolescents and completed by an informant who knows the youth well. Both instruments can be used together in assessment to obtain a well-rounded profile of the client’s Internet addiction and also to identify discrepancies amongst raters, who could benefit from psychoeducation.

To learn more about the validation studies of the Internet Addiction Test and for order information, please click here:

The assessments can be administered in a variety of mental health settings, including private practice clinics, schools, hospitals and residential programs. They can be used when there is suspicion of Internet addiction, as part of a broad intake

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Computer Addiction Services

Computer Addiction Services

McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478

 

10 Langley Road
Suite 200
Newton Centre, MA 02459

 

Dr. Orzack
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Phone: 617-855-2908

Email: Orzack@ComputerAddiction.com


FOR OVER 15 YEARS Dr. Orzack, a licensed clinical psychologist,
has treated addictive behaviors at
McLean Hospital,
where she is founder and coordinator of the

Computer Addiction Service
and a member of the Harvard Medical
School
faculty. She is also a faculty member of the Cognitive Therapy Program, and in
private practice in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. In addition she has studied recreational
drug use and thinks that inappropriate computer use is similar. Her sense is that we are
just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Our society is becoming more and more computer
dependent not only for information, but for fun and entertainment. This trend is a
potential problem affecting all ages, starting with computer games for kids to chats for
the

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Technology Addiction | Internet Addiction

Technology addiction — sometimes called Internet addiction, Internet use disorder (IUD) or Internet addiction disorder (IAD) — is a fairly new phenomenon. It’s often described as a serious problem involving the inability to control use of various kinds of technology, in particular the Internet, smartphones, tablets and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Now that it’s effortless to text and access the Web and social media from almost anywhere, more of us are dependent on communicating via the tiny computers we carry with us. So it’s no surprise that health experts are seeing a rise in addictive tendencies that involve technology. (Technology includes, of course, video games, cybersex/online pornography and online gambling, and these addictions are explored in more depth in other sections on Addiction.com.)

Technology addiction, and the related and more common term Internet addiction disorder, aren’t recognized as addictions or disorders in the latest edition of

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Internet Addiction Guide | Psych Central

Researchers still can’t tell you exactly what Internet Addiction Disorder is, also know by the term “Pathological Internet Use” (PIU). Much of the original research was based upon the weakest type of research methodology, namely exploratory surveys with no clear hypothesis, agreed-upon definition of the term, or theoretical conceptualization. Coming from an atheoretical approach has some benefits, but also is not typically recognized as being a strong way to approach a new disorder. More recent research has expanded upon the original surveys and anecdotal case study reports. However, as I will illustrate below later, even these studies don’t support the conclusions the authors claim.

The original research into this disorder began with exploratory surveys, which cannot establish causal relationships between specific behaviors and their cause. While surveys can help establish descriptions of how people feel about themselves and their behaviors, they cannot draw conclusions about whether a specific technology, such … Read More