Some Psychiatrists Addicted To Prescribing Internet Addiction

from the must-be-good-for-business dept

Over the past few years, we've seen so many "calls" to label the use of certain technologies as "addictions" that we've noticed something of a... well... addiction by some to call for new technology addictions. Among the long, long list of possible addictions has been email addiction, web addiction, online porn addiction, video game addiction, internet addiction, and mobile phones or other gadget addictions. Almost every time, the call for addiction comes from a psychologist or psychiatrist trying to build up a reputation for treating such "addictions." It must be good for business (and perhaps a lot less harrowing than treating some other types of addictions).

So it shouldn't come as any surprise to see a psychiatrist now calling for internet addiction to become an officially classified addiction in the next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (basically the official rulebook for such things). Of course, there are a few problems, including the fact that research has shown little evidence that the internet is really addictive, and almost every story of internet addiction really tends to be about deeper issues that resulted in someone seeking an outlet on the internet (from depression, bad family situations, alcoholism, etc.). Focusing on the "internet" part tends to have people trying to treat a symptom, not the disease. Hopefully, this new push will follow the same path as the one last year to have video games declared an addiction too. It didn't take long for that idea to get shot down.
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  1. identicon
    TheDock22, 18 Mar 2008 @ 2:53pm

    Re: If you're worried about being prescribed meds

    Back to the point, if someone writes compulsively, you call him a writer. If you draw compulsively, you call him an artist. If someone uses the Internet compulsively, you call him an addict and give him a pill? Huh?

    Give me one example where surfing the Internet is considered a profession in this country. Yea, I didn't think so.

    And your argument doesn't hold. If someone drinks compulsively , they need treatment. If someone gambles compulsively, they also need treatment. I would even say if someone writes and draw compulsively (enough to where it interferes with their normal life, like job, family, etc.) then they too have problems.

    Besides, everyone can write or draw, but not everyone is a writer or artist. Everyone can drink, gamble, and use the Internet, but that doesn't mean they necessarily have an addiction. Are there people with addictions out there? Yes. Burying your head in the sand and pretending Internet doesn't exist is silly.

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