Experts report that children as young as 12 years old suffer from internet and gaming addictions. Are YOU worried for your children?
“Internet-use disorder” will soon be diagnosed as a mental illness as it’ll be named in the disorder “bible” DSM-IV.
“Internet-use disorder” will be included in the DSM-IV, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, starting May of next year, according to the Sun-Herald.
The diagnosis will pertain to those addicted to their smartphones, tablet computers and/or desktop machines.
Mike Kyrios from Swinburne University of Technology tells the Sun-Herald that once more research is conducted, health professionals will be able to diagnose children with addictive behaviors from technology over-use and administer correct treatment.
“With kids, gaming is an obvious issue. But overall, technology use could be a potential problem,” he said.
”The most typical sign of addiction is anything that looks like withdrawal symptoms,” another psychologist, Emil Hodzic, said. “So any expression of distress, frustration, irritability when they don’t get to play.”
“A lot of kids I have coming into the clinic have difficultly in being able to tolerate distress without zoning out via the internet or via the games,” he added.
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