Why iDisorder or Internet addiction is like any addiction

Posted on April 12, 2016 by Addiction Editor

video game cafeInternet addition may not sound like a serious addiction but an addiction or behavioural addiction is a disorder of the brain’s reward system.

The person wants more and more and so they use more in hope of reaching more of a high with some users spending 20 hours a day on the internet.

Internet addiction otherwise known as iDisorder, PIU, (problematic Internet use) CIU (compulsive Internet use) and much like gaming addiction it is generally classified as excessive internet use which interferes with everyday life.

It is a form of compulsive behaviour which gets out of control and can lead to or indicate an existing issue such as anti-social behaviour, depression, anxiety and may affect mental health in other ways and behavioural therapy may be required.

A major cause of the compulsive behaviours is similar to any addiction a feeling of pleasure is sought and a desired level of satisfaction is not reached.

Other behavioural addictions include sex addiction, addiction to shopping, hoarding, eating, gambling, trichotillomania and picking skin, checking, counting, washing and there are many more.

Behavioural addictions will be discussed in depth at the Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016, themed Alcohol – Other Drugs – Behavioural Addictions, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery will be held on the Gold Coast from the 19 – 20 May 2016. To view the high quality Conference Program CLICK HERE.

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Hosted by The Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association promotes and encourages participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation of what medical, psycho-social and peer-based approaches can offer, through the experiences of service users, clinicians, and researchers alike.

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