Addicted to the Internet? That May Soon Be a Psychological Disorder

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

laptop computers (Klein Photography/flickr)

Internet Use Disorder may soon be included in the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders. According to the American Psychiatric Association, which is working on the fifth edition of the Manual, Internet Use Disorder will be included as a condition "recommended for further study." Other behaviors also being considered for classification as disorders include hyper-sexual disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and prolonged bereavement periods. Many medical experts and doctors are taking issue with the extended list of disorders, which is three times as long today as it was in 1952 when the first Diagnostic Statistical Manual was released. 

Christopher Lane is a professor of literature at Northwestern University and author of numerous books on psychology, including "Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness." He takes issue with the disorders being considered for the Manual and talks about why continually expanding the list of recognized disorders can become harmful in society. 

Guests:

Christopher Lane

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Internet is being misused and it definitely has affected my friendships. People I used to hang out with at least once a month, I never see in person anymore, we do hang online...but then when we really get together in person, it means so much more.

My only Internet Use Disorder is that I feel that I have to comment on every segment of The Takeaway show. Does John really want me to be cured?

Oct. 03 2012 09:43 AM

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