Push to recognise 'pathological internet misuse' as a mental health disorder

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 28/11/2011 16:03

Distressed families are flooding psychiatrists with pleas for help for children hooked on the internet.

The condition known as "pathological internet misuse" is growing so rapidly among adolescents and young adults that it could soon be formally recognised as a mental health disorder.

International mental health experts are considering including "video game addiction and internet addiction" in the next edition of globally recognised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders "to encourage further study".

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