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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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