A new inpatient treatment facility in Pennsylvania for Internet addicts has some health experts wondering, “Is Internet addiction real?”
While the latest edition of the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders doesn’t recognize internet addiction as a medical condition, experts believe some people can develop an unhealthy dependency on being "plugged in."
Red flags for Internet addiction:
- Withdrawal symptoms when devices are turned off.
- Not being able to quit checking social networks and email. Over time, this behavior can lead to health problems like carpel tunnel syndrome, diabetes and obesity as results of inactivity.
- Being plugged in all the time – People with an Internet addiction are “on” all the time, producing excess amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which leads to stress-related illnesses.