Question: Is Internet Addiction A Mental Disorder?

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The bible of mental disorders — officially known as the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ or DSM-IV — has decided that Internet addiction qualifies as an entirely legitimate mental illness that is recommended for further study in its May 2013 edition, says RT.com.

How does internet addiction affect mental health?

Excessive Internet use may create a heightened level of psychological arousal, resulting in little sleep, failure to eat for long periods, and limited physical activity, possibly leading to the user experiencing physical and mental health problems such as depression, OCD, low family relationships and anxiety.

Is Internet addiction in the DSM 5?

Internet Gaming in DSM-5

However, it recognized internet gaming disorder in the section recommending conditions for further research, along with caffeine use disorder and other conditions. The DSM-5 includes substance-related addictive disorders, such as alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, marijuana and opioids.

What is the definition of Internet addiction?

Internet addiction is defined as any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment. Internet addiction has been called Internet dependency and Internet compulsivity.

What are the dangers of Internet addiction?

Effects of an Internet Addiction

An internet addiction can have many harmful effects on a person, both physically and emotionally. Body aches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, insomnia, vision problems, and weight gain/loss are just some of the physical problems one may suffer as a result of an internet addiction.