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internet addictionThe New York Times /AP (9/6, Genarios, A18) reported that ReSTART, a program that “claims to be the first residential treatment center for Internet addiction in the United States, just opened its doors” in July. The center “offers a 45-day,” $14,000 “program intended to help people wean themselves from pathological computer use.” The AP noted that “Internet addiction is not recognized as a separate disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and treatment is not generally covered by insurance.” Nevertheless, “there are many such treatment centers in China, South Korea, and Taiwan, where Internet addiction is taken very seriously, and many psychiatric experts say it is clear that Internet addiction is real and harmful.” Still, “whether such programs work in the long run remains to be seen.”

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7-12-07-fast_internetMedscape (5/21) reported that, according to a study presented May 18 at the American Psychiatric Association meeting, researchers from South Korea’s National Health Insurance Corporation “have found neurophysiologic differences in brain activation on functional MRI (fMRI) between” 12 “subjects who participate in a Internet-addiction support group and” 12 “controls,” findings which may “begin to provide a basis to argue that Internet addiction be made a standard diagnosis in the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).” Meanwhile, “a second abstract” from researchers at South Korea’s Daegu Daedong Hospital found “a significant positive correlation between depression in adolescents and Internet addiction. In a sample of 53 adolescents with depressive mood disorder, 36, or almost 68 percent, were found to have Internet addiction using the Anxiety Rating Scale, Korean version (ARS-K),” regardless of sex.

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