SIGNS OF INTERNET OR COMPUTER ADDICTION Losing track of time online. Having trouble completing tasks at work or home. Isolation from family and friends. Feeling guilty or defensive about your Internet use. 5. Feeling a sense of euphoria while involved in Internet activities.
Using the computer for pleasure, gratification, or relief from stress
Feeling irritable and out of control or depressed when not using it
Spending increasing amounts of time and money on hardware, software, magazines, and computer-related activities
Lying about the amount of time spent on computer activities
Failing at repeated efforts to control computer use
Risking loss of career goals, educational objectives, and personal relationships
TREATMENT Cognitive-behavioral therapy provides step-by-step ways to stop compulsive Internet behaviors. Group support for Internet addiction Medication - may be needed to treat anxiety or depression Counselling Psychotherapy