What is Internet addiction disorder

What is Internet addiction disorder

 

Do you check your phone the first thing in the morning? Can’t stop checking Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp? Have you been compulsively shopping online? Internet use can turn into a disorder when its excess usage starts to interfere with an individual’s studies, jobs, relationships or basically personal, social, mental and emotional well being. The internet addiction disorder is like any other addiction disorder, it is categorized under impulse control disorder and is found to be similar in nature to pathological gambling based on international diagnostic criterions as it does not involve use of any intoxicating drug. It is often referred to as compulsive internet use or problematic internet use.

The reason for increasing internet addiction can be attributed to explosion of the digital age. Internet addiction disorder has taken reign as the top culprit is technology addiction lately.  However internet addiction is a subset of technology addiction is general. Certain research reports suggest that internet addiction disorder affects 38% of the general population. The world is repetitively using technology and made its use a priority, this practice is destroying our mental well being and quality of life.

There is no physical substance involved in internet addiction, yet the disorder consists of withdrawal symptoms including aggression, tension, stress, depression, agitation and hostility when the access to internet is not available. Tolerance is another important feature of any addiction disorder which can be understood by wanting or needing more and more computer-related stimulation from the users’ perspective .The world is repetitively using technology and made its use a priority.

There are certain warning signs of internet addiction disorder

  • Preoccupation with usage of Internet. 
  • Excessive Use of the Internet to achieve satisfaction.
  • Repeated behavior involving internet use
  • Failed efforts to control cut back or stop Internet use.
  • Feelings of restlessness, moodiness, depression, or irritability when attempting to cut down use of the Internet.
  • Unintended time spending on line
  • Jeopardized or risked loss of significant relationships, job, educational or career opportunities because of Internet use.
  • Tries to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet from family members and therapist.
  • Use of the Internet is a way to escape from problems or to relieve distress

 

 

Type of Online Therapy Services at HopeQure

For Individuals

Discuss with a psychologist your feelings and resolve your issues.

Start Now

For Couples

Couples can connect with an expert relationship therapist.

Start Now

Someone Else

Connect with subject matter expert psychologist

Start Now

Teenagers

Share your emotions confidentially and discuss plans.

Start Now

Connect with an expert

  • Video Call
  • Messaging
  • Phone

5/5

$ 35

Ms.  Preeti
Ms. Preeti
Clinical Psychologist

03 years of experience

M.Phil. Clinical Psychology

I am a RCI Licenced Clinical Psychologist specialized in handling problems of mental, emotional and behavioral nature, Psychometric assessments, Psychotherapeutic interventions and rehabilitation services dedicated to serve people with mental health issues and promote well being in society.

5/5

$ 35

Ms.  Shubhangi Bhargava
Ms. Shubhangi Bhargava
Psychologist

06 years of experience

M.Sc. Clinical Psychology

Shubhangi is an experienced mental health professional working closely in the field of Clinical Psychology. She adopts a structured approach in dealing clients with depression, anxiety, OCD, child-parent issues, relationship issues, and oncopsychology, contributing to their self-development. With a zeal to work in the field of mental health to facilitate people in having a better life, she is a trained Hypnotherapist. Have expertise in the field of counseling, therapy, and psychological assessments. She believes in the holistic development of an individual.

5/5

$ 35

Mr.  Agam Gupta
Mr. Agam Gupta
Psychological Counsellor

07 years of experience

M.Sc. Neuropsychology

I help my clients to first get an in-depth understanding about their core psychological issues and then work with them to develop an easy & solution focused plan of action to deliver expected results. My incisive knowledge in Applied Psychology and Neuropsychology equips me to understand human behavioral problems and daily life issues stemming from various personal & social stressors and find ways to make my clients reach the state of Psychological Homeostasis ( back to balanced state).

5/5

$ 35

Ms.  Arushi Bhatnagar Nigam
Ms. Arushi Bhatnagar Nigam
Psychologist

06 years of experience

M.Sc. Neuropsychology

I am a neuropsychologist dedicated to working closely with individuals to help them deal with procrastination, low motivation, low self-esteem, lack of clarity, and difficulty in managing emotions using Neuropsych-backed techniques. Providing support for anxiety, stress, low moods, behavioral and relationship-related issues.