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Internet Addiction the Latest Disability?

Good Morning America reported a Pennsylvania hospital has opened the first hospital-based Internet addiction treatment center in the country.  Although not yet officially recognized as a psychological condition, Internet addiction is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual V (DSM-V) as the “persistent and recurrent use of the Internet to engage in games.”  Because Internet addiction is not recognized as a mental health condition, insurance does not cover treatment for the addiction.  However, according to the former chairman of the DSM-5 Substance Related Disorders work group, recognition of Internet addiction as a psychological condition is on the horizon.  Click here to read more.

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