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Internet Addiction

The proposed DSM-IV disorder to be discussed in this report is Internet Addiction or Internet Dependence/Abuse Disorder. Symptoms of this proposed disorder include tolerance or a need for marketedly increased amounts for time spent online to gain the same satisfaction, withdrawal or anxiety, psychomotor agitation, excessive thinking about what is happening on line when not on the Internet, and craving or accessing the Internet more often or for longer periods of time than was intended. Other objective symptoms include: 1) unsuccessful attempts to cut down or control Internet use; 2) allocation of substantial periods of time to Internet activities; 3) a reduction or elimination of time formerly spent on important work, social, or family activities; and 4) continued use of the Internet after knowledge of negative consequences has emerged (Warden, Phillips, & Ogloff, 2004).

Symptomatic criteria for Internet Addiction include the presence of salience (the Internet becomes the most important or dominant entity in the individual's life), mood modification (pleasurable changes in mood as a consequence of being online), and relapse (an involuntary return to excessive online activity after attempts to reduce or eliminate the behavior). Further, at least four of the symptoms listed above must be present over a period of no less than six months in order to make a diagnosis of Internet Addiction Disorder. As Coleman (1989) has noted, Axis I diagnoses refers specifically to the particular maladaptive symptoms or clinical psychiatric syndromes that are present. These symptoms as described herein must be present for a significant period of time in order to render a diagnosis of Internet Addiction Disorder.

According to DSM-IV, a mental disorder is a term that is applied to abnormal behavior patterns, covering the whole range from mild to crippling. Mental disorder, along with terms such as abnormal behavior, maladaptive behavior, ...

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