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Substantive updates throughout text including a new section on internet gaming addiction, additional citations.

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date: 16 May 2021

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Research over the last decade has identified Internet addiction as a new and often unrecognized clinical disorder that impacts a user’s ability to control online use to the extent that it can cause relational, occupational, and social problems. Symptoms of problem Internet use are compared to criteria used to diagnose other addictions. In particular, pathological gambling is compared to problematic Internet use because of overlapping criteria. This chapter describes the diagnostic and treatment implications of the disorder. As technology is used with great frequency, detection and diagnosis of Internet addiction is often difficult. Symptoms may be masked by legitimate use of the Internet, and clinicians may overlook asking questions about technology use because problem Internet use is still a new and often unrecognized condition. This chapter outlines diagnostic conceptualizations of problem Internet use along with assessment and treatment considerations and the newest inclusion in the DSM-5 for Internet Gaming Disorder.

Keywords: Internet addiction, problem internet use, Internet gaming addiction, pathological computer use, assessment, diagnosis, treatment

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