Is Internet Addiction a Real Condition?

Although behavioral addictions have become increasingly accepted as genuine conditions—just like drug or alcohol addictions—in recent years, Internet addiction is still struggling to find widespread acceptance. Does the lack of recognition of the condition in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM-V, commonly called the “bible” of mental…

Intersection of Technology and Addiction Explored at Pepperdine University Conference

On November 21, two experts from Promises Behavioral Health – renowned physician and nutrition scientist Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, and sexual addiction clinician and tech/sex/relationship author Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S – will present clinical best practices at a symposium on technology and addiction sponsored by Pepperdine University in Malibu.

Science Unsure Whether Internet Gaming Is a Mental Disorder

Internet gaming disorder is the name of a proposed mental health condition designed to give mental health professionals the ability to diagnose a dysfunctional, addictive pattern of playing video games, especially games played over the Internet. Tentatively, it belongs to a group of disorders known as behavioral addictions or process addictions. The American Psychiatric Association…