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Presently, Internet addiction is not recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Although, the condition is believed to share certain similarities with gambling addiction and impulse control disorders. Those who use the Internet excessively, to the point that it is interfering with work, daily life, and personal relationships, typically choose to seek out an internet addiction therapist in order to rebuild their lives. Luckily, Internet addiction is a very treatable condition. When the problem is recognized, a therapist can help the client take steps to address and treat the destructive behavior in order to regain the ability to use the Internet in a healthier fashion.
Hiring an Internet addiction therapist helps both teenagers and adults regain control over their lives by discovering the underlying issues which drive the condition. Many people who suffer from addiction are also challenged with mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety, which often leads the individual to turn to the Internet for support. An expert usually treats the addiction by first addressing any mental health conditions. Cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, self-help treatment groups, and family therapy have all been proven effective in regards to the treatment of Internet addiction. A therapist can assist with both cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy, in addition to helping the client find support groups and other positive activities for them to enjoy in their spare time.
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