Computer addiction, a loosely used term with Internet Addiction, or Video game addiction, is the excessive or compulsive use of computers to the extent that it interferes with daily life.
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.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pain and numbness in hands and wrists)
Dry eyes or strained vision
Back aches and neck aches; severe headaches
Pronounced weight gain or weight loss
Lack of social interaction
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
Helping a friend or family member
Be a good role model. Manage the Internet and computer use in your own life well.
Introduce the Internet addict to other people who handle their Internet use sensibly.
Get your friend involved in non-Internet related interests.
Talk to your friend about your concerns with their Internet use.
Support their desire for change if they think they have a problem.
Encourage them to seek professional counseling.
Helping a child or teen with an Internet addiction