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Internet Addiction - A growing epidemic

Signs of Internet Addiction

Dr. Young developed the Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire (IADQ). Meeting five symptoms are necessary to be diagnosed.

  • Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (think about previous online activity or anticipate next online session)?

  • Do you feel the need to use the Internet with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction?

  • Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use?

  • Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?

  • Do you stay online longer than originally intended?

  • Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the Internet?

  • Have you lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet?

  • Do you use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?

Other Symptoms Include:

  • Failed attempts to control behavior

  • Heightened sense of euphoria while involved in computer and Internet activities

  • Neglecting friends and family

  • Neglecting sleep to stay online

  • Being dishonest with others

  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of online behavior

  • Physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Withdrawing from other pleasurable activities


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