Video game addiction and other Internet compulsive disorders mask depression, anxiety, learning disabilities

Addiction to video games and the Internet is gaining legitimacy as a psychological disorder, and experts say it’s not uncommon for kids to become violent when their ‘drug’ is taken away Video game addiction will be acknowledged for the first time in the updated edition of the American Psychological Association diagnostic manual, DSM-5, out in […]

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Life in the age of internet addiction: “The vast majority of the American population is mildly addicted to technology”

By Ned Hepburn | January 24, 2013 Anyone who spends their day staring at screens can speak to the modern-day epidemic of eye fatigue. But what is our digital obsession doing to our brains. Researchers have noted a rise in something called Digital Attention Disorder — the addiction to social networks and computers in general. How does […]

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Changes in social media posts can be warning sign

We’ve all seen the trolls. The online bullies. The sudden surge of late night Facebook posts, or uncharacteristically antagonistic comments for seemingly no reason. Many of us have been unexpectedly de-friended or blocked — or blocked someone ourselves, due to a string of depressing, attention-seeking status updates. This is a part of modern virtual life, […]

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Digital Dementia – Guidelines for educators regarding technology use in school settings

  Mounting research indicates unrestricted use of technology (cell phones, internet, TV) by children is resulting in negative impact on physical and mental health, social well being, and academic performance, suggesting a cautionary approach toward the use of technology in school settings.  As rates of technology addiction soar, children and youth are presenting with problematic behaviours and disorders […]

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Excessive Online Communication Impacts Teenagers & Young Adults Ability to Develop Healthy Emotional Intimacy Skills, which Leads to Social Anxiety and Avoidance

The Online Social Experience and Limbic Resonance   Why too much time online can lead to depression. Published on December 4, 2011 by Hilarie Cash, Ph.D. in Digital Addiction I recommend to all readers a small, poetic and profound book about the neuroscience of attachment called A General Theory of Love (2001). It had a […]

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Study: Internet Addicts Suffer Withdrawal Symptoms Like Drug Users

Time Health and Family; Feb 19, 2013 The study, carried out by researchers at Swansea and Milan Universities, is the first into the immediate negative psychological impacts of Internet use. Sixty volunteers, with an average age of 25, were first tested to determine their level of Internet use — particularly, whether they used the Internet obsessively or […]

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Obsessive Internet Use Linked with Teen Depression

Spending hours on the Internet may trigger depression, say researchers from Australia and China. Numerous studies have documented the link between mental illness and pathological Internet use, though the majority have found that excessive online behavior tends to occur as a result of conditions such as anxiety and depression, either as a way to self-medicate […]

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