With the internet out of the picture, what do we need to know to find out what it is?
Here’s our guide.1.
What is Internet Addiction?
Internet addiction, also known as internet disconnection, internet depression or internet withdrawal, is a mental disorder caused by the stress and isolation caused by internet use.
The symptoms of internet addiction include:Internet addiction can be a life-long condition, as long as the person remains connected to the internet.
It can occur as a result of a combination of the following:An inability to manage the impact of using the internet, including problems managing the amount of time spent on the internet and the impact it has on your life.
An inability to control how much time is spent on a given subject, such as online gaming or social media.
An inability or reluctance to think about the negative consequences of using social media and the Internet.
An increase in stress levels and an inability to sleep.
Internet addiction is a condition that has no cure.
If it is not treated, the symptoms can become permanent.
The only way to treat the condition is to take action, such in quitting, cutting back or stopping using.2.
How common is internet abuse?
Internet abuse has become a major problem in the past few years, particularly among teenagers.
In India, the prevalence of internet abuse has increased from 0.3 per cent in 2007 to 8.7 per cent by 2016.3.
What are the symptoms of online addiction?
Internet users often use the internet in a way that can cause them to become emotionally and physically distressed.
They may experience the following symptoms:Feeling unwell and depressed, anxious and anxious.
Irritability and self-doubt.
Anxiety, depression and anxiety.
An obsession with internet or social networking sites, especially social networking or social gaming.
An extreme sense of guilt about what they have done, such an extreme sense that they should have done it differently or acted differently.
An unwillingness to share information with anyone.
An excessive need for attention, for example to make friends or get information.
An attempt to control what others are saying, writing or thinking about them.
An intense sense of entitlement.
Internet users are often reluctant to speak out about their problems.
They feel that they are not important enough to be heard.
They do not feel that people care enough about them to share their problems with them.
They have difficulty trusting others and believe that they have to do everything on their own.4.
What should you do if you are affected by internet addiction and you are unsure if you or anyone else has internet addiction:Ask the doctor if you have internet addiction, or you can seek help if you know of someone who has internet abuse.
If you or someone you know has internet addictions, ask your GP or other health professional if they can refer you to a doctor for a mental health assessment and treatment.
Ask for a referral to a psychologist or other specialist if you do not have access to a mental healthcare professional.
If your GP has a referral from a specialist, or if you and your GP are both concerned about your online behaviour, ask for the referral to be made directly to the specialist.
This will ensure that you are not isolated.5.
What can you do to help yourself?
If you suspect that you or your loved one has internet use disorder, ask someone for help.
You can seek support from other people you trust, including your family and friends.
Talk to other people about how to help you, and find out if someone else has had the same experience.
You can also seek help from other internet users in your community, such the internet community.
If there is an internet addiction group or online support group, you can find out about it.
If online gaming and social media are a part of your internet addiction treatment plan, find out how to get involved.6.
How can you get help if someone is suffering from internet addiction?:If you have ever used social networking, check if it has been removed from your social media profile or if it is available in other countries.
If so, seek help.
If not, talk to someone who knows how to contact someone with the social networking platform to check whether they can help you.
If it is an online addiction treatment centre, you should seek help through the centre.
If the addiction is persistent, the treatment plan may include a social withdrawal or social avoidance programme.7.
What do I do if I have internet use problems but am not getting help?
If there are no other options available, you may need to seek help in another way.
You should seek advice from a doctor or other healthcare professional if you feel you are struggling with internet addiction.
Talk with your GP if you suspect you have Internet use disorder.
Find out what steps you can take to address your symptoms.
If you have a diagnosis of internet dependence or internet addiction disorder, you need to talk to a specialist.8.
What if I am a parent or carer?
If your child has internet or online addiction and