'Internet Use Disorder' Added to American Psychiatric Association Manual (Report)

12:48 PM PST 10/04/2012 by THR staff
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Web addicts' traits would include loss of interest in offline activities.

The American Psychiatric Assocation will add "Internet Use Disorder" to its upcoming installment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the New York Post reports.

The DSM, a widely-used authority on mental disorders, would list such traits as: continued excessive internet use despite self-awareness of how dangerous the issue has become; preoccupation with online gambling; and withdrawal symptoms while offline as well as loss of interest in offline activities.

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