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Internet addicts often suffer from additional disorders

Date:
October 2, 2014
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Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum
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Internet addicts often suffer from concomitant disorders, most frequently from depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and ADHS, researchers report.
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Chatting via WhatsApp rather than meeting friends in real life, sharing holiday photos on Facebook rather than showing them in person, playing video games rather than going out. Digital media play an important role in our everyday lives. However, some people spend an excessive amount of time online, and they are unable to break free.
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Internet addicts often suffer from concomitant disorders, most frequently from depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and ADHS. PD Dr med. Bert te Wildt studies this phenomenon at the Ruhr-Universität's LWL Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy.

Spectrum of concomitant disorders similar to that in alcohol addicts

The researcher from Bochum has compiled a so-called comorbidity profile of 25 Internet addicts. Each patient presented at least one concomitant disorder. Together with his colleagues, Bert te Wildt examined 25 alcohol addicts for comparison. Their comorbidity profile was quite similar. However, only every other patient in this cohort suffered from a concomitant disorder. "These results highlight the significance of comorbidity for Internet addiction," says te Wildt. He also points out: "This is not a one-way street, the disorders interact." In another study, he found evidence that in a number of patients Internet addiction may be traced back to similar personality structures.

Large numbers presumably undetected

According to estimates, 500,000 Germans in the age bracket from 14 to 64 years suffer from Internet addiction, which most commonly takes the shape of online gaming addiction. The studies conducted by Bert te Wildt's team at the media outpatient clinic in Bochum suggest that many cases remain undetected.


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Materials provided by Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum. Original written by Julia Weiler. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.


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