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Internet Addiction Is About to Be Classified as a Mental Illness

Written by Gary North on October 2, 2012

If you spend too much time on the Internet, you may be suffering from a mental illness. Are you on-line 5 hours a day? You’re sick. The affliction is called Internet-use disorder.”

If you watch TV 5 hours a day, you’re normal.

What’s the difference?

TV is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. The rule is, “if it’s regulated, it’s safe.

This is from the RT site.

The international mental health encyclopedia known as the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM-IV) will include Internet-use disorder as a condition “recommended for further study” in its forthcoming May 2013 edition.

Psychologists believe that Internet addiction should be categorized like other addiction disorders as it has similar symptoms, including emotional shutdown, lack of concentration and withdrawal.

Parents have noted their children becoming angry and violent when their electronic gadgets are taken away from them, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. In other instances, kids preferred to play a videogame over eating or social interaction.

One step closer to mental illness

The listing is another step towards classifying Internet addiction as a mental illness: The DSM-IV’s new inclusion demonstrates that there are risks posed by overusing technology and that more research is required, which could lead to formal diagnoses of the disorder in the future.

Psychologists are pushing to broaden the diagnoses of Internet-use disorder to include more than just gaming addictions, which could expand the age group of those affected by the illness.

”With kids, gaming is an obvious issue. But overall, technology use could be a potential problem,” Director of the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre Mike Kyrios told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia was one of the first countries to recognize the problem and offer public treatment, and established clinics to treat video game addiction.

That such widely used technologies can cause deep harm to children has lead to further examinations of adults habits surrounding devices used 24/7 for reading, gaming, and social interactions.

When addiction borders on insanity

If you think you are going nuts, click the link. You are not alone.

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5 thoughts on “Internet Addiction Is About to Be Classified as a Mental Illness

  1. If you are watching TV for those same 5 hours you are on the internet are you still certifiable? If you spend 5 hours a day watching MSNBC while reading the Huffington Post on the internet will you even exhibit any measurable brain wave activity?

  2. Programming and pablum by the corporate-owned networks: GOOD. Alternative media where people can find out what's really going on in the world: BAD.

  3. Anthony Ramos says:

    Just a slight correction: The current edition of the DSM is the DSM-IV TR, and does not include Internet Addiction. The DSM-V, which is the new issue that will be released in 2013, WILL include this bogus "mental Illness". Just finishing my degree in Psychology (what a mistake, in a way) I can tell you that most of the diagnoses in the DSM are very SUBJECTIVE, as this new diagnosis will be. The APA (American Psychological Association) is one of the biggest Politically Correct groups around, and they are the ones pushing these bogus, and very subjective diagnoses.

    Watch out my friends…what is normal today, can easily be made abnormal tomorrow by the APA, especially if the gov't pushes it.

  4. Things like this make me wonder where they are going….especially when it comes to 2nd Amendment issues. If they can trace someone's internet use and it fits their bogus definition of a mental illness, will the government use it as a reason to deny that person owning firearms? Just a thought…

  5. Forget the gummint weasels. If it's being classified as a disease, it means Big Pharma has a drug to treat it. That's the way Big Pharma and it's wholely owned subsidiary, the FDA works nowadays. First you come up with a pharmaceutical poison that has a certain pharmacological effect, then you create a disease that it works on.