IAD (Internet Addiction Disorder)

IAD (Internet Addiction Disorder)

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Term2.png IAD (Internet Addiction Disorder)
Encompass Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use. When excessive computer use interferes with daily life. Symptoms of an IAD include but are not limited to:
  1. Neglecting friends and family
  2. Neglecting sleep to stay online
  3. Being dishonest with others
  4. Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of online behavior
  5. Physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, carpal tunnel syndrome
  6. Withdrawing from other pleasurable activities.
There is debate over whether to include "Internet Addiction" as a diagnosis in the next edition (May 2013) of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Some argue that Internet addiction disorder exists and should be included, and some that it is neither an addiction nor a specific disorder and should not be included in the Manual.[1]


  1. Internet addiction disorder - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_addiction_disorder (22 October 2010), Internet Addiction and Online Addiction http://psychcentral.com/netaddiction/ (22 October 2010)