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    Internet Addiction: An OCD-spectrum disorder?

    I have been doing a little bit of reading about OCD-spectrum disorders where we have OCD on one end, and Habit & Impulse disorders on the other. I also read that in the upcoming ICD-11 of the World Health Organization will actually include internet addiction as one of these Habit & Impulse disorders.

    I am still yet to research the subject a bit more, and it is of interest to me, because I have been suffering from maladaptive addictive (or compulsive as Dr. Baxter says) internet use.

    My question is as follows: even though there is still plenty of research to be done about the subject, are there specific CBT techniques, or even self-help books that have been written on the subject? Not only is this for myself, but I am very interested in the subject itself.

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    Re: Internet Addiction: An OCD-spectrum disorder?

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    Cool Re: Internet Addiction: An OCD-spectrum disorder?

    M-Man,

    You have asked a question about a very specific subject, so those with commentary may not have logged into the Forum since your posting.

    It's not a subject I am familiar with, though I am interested in learning more.

    You've done the right thing, by posting a reply to your original query. This, of course bumps the posting up the queue list and will appear in "New Posts" when people log in.

    Let's hope your query gets some action. If not, post another reminder as you did.

    Regards,

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    Re: Internet Addiction: An OCD-spectrum disorder?

    are there specific CBT techniques, or even self-help books that have been written on the subject?
    Judith Wright on "soft addictions":
    http://www.softaddictions.com/
    http://www.judithwright.com/media.php

    Neil Fiore on procrastination, which is one possible factor in internet/TV addiction:
    http://neilfiore.com/
    http://www.neilfiore.com/videos.html

    I'm not really familiar with Wright, but I do enjoy Fiore and have written positive reviews of his books. I especially like the audio version of his book "The Now Habit" at audible.com.

    Also, what has helped decrease my Internet surfing time is listening to podcasts while I work or do chores. This way I actually get more entertainment while being productive.
    Last edited by Daniel; March 25th, 2007 at 09:14 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Re: Internet Addiction: An OCD-spectrum disorder?

    Thanks for your reply Daniel; I will check out the links in a bit.

    The topic is still of interest to me, and the more I read, the more fascinated I am with it!

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