The Internet Addiction Disorder or IAD was identified or named sometime in 1999. The research methodology has been weak, and therefore this particular disorder hasn’t seem to make it in the official guidebooks of mental disorders. Mental health professionals, however, recognizing the very obvious symptoms of internet addiction, classified it as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Internet addiction is not simply an urge; it manifests itself as a craving.
Four distinct symptoms:
1. Withdrawal, associated with sense of anger or depression when user can not use the computer.
2. Constant need for better equipment.
3. Social isolation
Curious, I took an online Internet Addiction Test here.
32 points: You are an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage.
So, what’s your score?
PS. You might want to try Laila’s Twelve Step Internet Recovery Program here.