Internet Addiction Disorder
Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) - Diagnostic Criteria
A maladaptive pattern of Internet use, leading to clinically significant
impairment or distress as manifested by three (or more) of the following,
occurring at any time in the same 12-month period:
- (I) tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
(A) A need for markedly increased amounts of time on Internet to
- (B) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount
of time on Internet.
- (II) withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following
- Cessation of (or reduction) in Internet use that has been heavy
- Two (or more) of the following, developing within several days
to a month after Criterion 1:
- psychomotor agitation
- obsessive thinking about what is happening on Internet
- fantasies or dreams about Internet
- voluntary or involuntary typing movements of the fingers
- The symptoms in Criterion 2 cause distress or impairment in
social, occupational or another important area of functioning.
- (B) Use of Internet or a similar on-line service is engaged in to
relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.
(III) Internet is often accessed more often or for longer periods of
time than was intended.
(IV) There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down
or control Internet use. (V) A great deal of time is spent in activities
related to Internet use (e.g., buying Internet books, trying out new
WWW browsers, researching Internet vendors, organizing files of downloaded
(VI) Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are
given up or reduced because of Internet use.
- (VII) Internet use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent
or recurrent physical, social, occupational, or psychological problem
that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by Internet use (sleep
deprivation, marital difficulties, lateness for early morning appointments,
neglect of occupational duties, or feelings of abandonment in significant
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