Addicted to the Internet? There’s a Hospital-based Treatment for That

September 06, 2013 / Written By The Five Staff
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  • One thing Bob isn’t addicted to… the internet.  But perhaps some of his co-hosts are.  Bob would like to intervene and try to help.
  • Addicted to the internet? There's a rehab program for that!

 

Addicted to the Internet? There’s a Hospital-based Treatment for That
Does internet addiction warrant full-fledged in-patient rehab— or are there better ways to manage your Angry Birds and email-checking obsessions?

America’s first hospital-based “internet addiction” rehab program opened over Labor Day weekend at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and while that debut highlights the pervasiveness of the net in our everyday lives, experts are still debating whether the lure of social media or online gaming actually constitutes addiction. The latest version of psychiatry’s diagnostic manual, the DSM 5, failed to include internet addiction as a disorder, although it did acknowledge that it deserved additional study for potential inclusion.

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