Treatment Program for Internet Addiction at Penn Hospital

by Kathy Jones on  September 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM Lifestyle News
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A psychiatric hospital in central Pennsylvania has become the first in the United States to offer a treatment program for people who are addicted to the internet.
 Treatment Program for Internet Addiction at Penn Hospital
Treatment Program for Internet Addiction at Penn Hospital

While internet addiction is not official recognized as a mental disorder, the latest edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists it as a 'condition for further study'. The treatment program offered by the Bradford Regional Medical Center in central Pennsylvania will be a voluntary 10-day inpatient program that is set to be launched from September 9.

The hospital will be accepting just four patients at a time in the program and will offer group therapy and various psychological examinations, including 'digital detox' where the patients are kept away from computers and internet connections for a period of 72 hours.

"[Internet addiction] is a problem in this country that can be more pervasive than alcoholism. The Internet is free, legal and fat free", Dr Kimberly Young, who helped found the non-profit program, said.


Source: Medindia

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