Shrinks May Make Internet Addiction Official | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Shrinks May Make Internet Addiction Official

But the proposed introduction of "new" mental illnesses to the DSM psychiatrists' bible is highly controversial.


Would going official help or hinder internet
"addicts"? Photo via

By Valerie Tejeda


| Share

The DSM—AKA the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders, or the Psychiatric Bibleis considering adding internet addiction to its defining list of mental illnesses. The new edition, the DSM-5, is scheduled to be published next year and is keenly awaited by mental health professionals. Besides (possibly) internet addiction, it will also include "disorders" such as “oppositional defiant disorder” and “apathy syndrome”: both behaviors that many believe to be normal. The American Psychiatric Association (APA), which publishes the manual, has attracted criticism for the proposed inclusion of internet addiction from those who worry about the effect of labeling millions more people as mentally ill, possibly leading to the unnecessary prescribing of psychiatric drugs. "Many people who are shy, bereaved, eccentric, or have unconventional romantic lives will suddenly find themselves labeled as mentally ill," says Peter Kinderman, head of Liverpool University's Institute of Psychology. "It's not humane, it's not scientific, and it won't help decide what help a person needs." Over 11,000 health professionals have signed an online petition online condemning the proposed changes to the manual.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
An Audience with Gabor Maté

According to the rock star of addiction theory, every addict had a traumatic childhood whether they realize it or not.

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv