Yesterday was friday. So, myself and Ebb (a friend) today Started talking , days after he sent this to me on whatsapp ” Hi there! I’ll be off from whatsapp for few days ”.
Ebb was my close friend, but my reply was ” take your time”.
I sent this back because I wanted him to himself hoping he experienced what exactly I’ ve been yearning for – A time to myself!
I knew I was addicted to whatsapp and the internet as a whole , because I never felt more attached to something all my life.
Do you know what I’m talking about?
I took my phone practically everywhere anywhere! It’ll be excatly like I’m gonna cease existing without a smart phone. Say Kitchen, workplace, toilet, think of any other weird place!
I had actually thought impossible of living without a smart phone, maybe in my grave.
But as I write this, my phone is actually switched off. And so is my fear!
This is actually a typical feeling of addiction. Its called Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) or Computer Usage Disorder (CUD).
What is IAD
Internet addiction can be described as any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends and one’s work environment.
Are you perhaps doubting ,if what you’ve got is really internet addiction? just read on…
Types of IAD
IAD is a broad term, involving many other disorders. Neuroscientists and psychiatrists have included five major types of IAD:
- cyber sexual addiction (cyber porn)
- Net Compulsion (Online Gambling or shopping)
- cyber relationship addiction
- Compulsive Database serches ( Information Overload)
- Obsession game playing or Computer addiction
Each from the types listed here, had been researched for their specific attributes. It means, some individuals suffer from each of these disorders without necessarily having IAD.
Signs showing you may have IAD
According to psychiatry researchers like Dr Kimberly Young and more recently Dr Block, an individual may be considered having IAD when there’s:
- Excessive internet usage : this is usually accompanied by time negligence to satisfy the need
- Withdrawal or feeling of depression or anger when the internet is not in use
- Unsuccessful attempt to control internet use
- Tolerance – More hours of use, to satisfy neednegative social repercussions
How can you get help?
The first step is to determine if there is a problem. Like an old addage puts it ” a problem known, half-solved”
There are tests desinged like questionnaires by clinical psychologist to ascertain if someone has actually gotten an addictive disorder.
A certified psychiatrist trained in identification and treatment of Internet addiction can effectively perform an assessment to determine what level of care is most appropriate.
Contact one today, if you feel you’re a suspect.
Would you like to learn more about internet addiction?