Wednesday, April 2, 2008


NEW SCIENTIST In the American Journal of Psychiatry, psychiatrist Jerald Block of Portland, Oregon, argues that internet addiction should be included in the next version of DSM, the US handbook of recognized psychiatric conditions, which is currently being drawn up. The condition is characterized by excessive use of the internet, anger or depression if computer access is lost, poor achievement and social isolation. In South Korea, where the average high-schooler spends over 20 hours a week gaming, the government is well aware of the problem and has trained 1000 counsellors to help the 200,000 children believed to be affected.


At April 2, 2008 4:24 PM, Anonymous m said...

Criticism of DSM defined conditions is to be included as a particularly pernicious sociopathic behavior that will not wait for the new edition of the DSM, but will be added on an emergency basis.


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