Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 241–246 | Cite as

Internet Addiction: Diagnosis and Treatment Considerations

  • Kimberly Young
Original Paper


Internet addiction is a new and often unrecognized clinical disorder that can cause relational, occupational, and social problems. Pathological gambling is compared to problematic internet use because of overlapping diagnostic criteria. As computers are used with great frequency, detection and diagnosis of internet addiction is often difficult. Symptoms of a possible problem may be masked by legitimate use of the internet. Clinicians may overlook asking questions about computer use. To help clinicians identify internet addiction in practice, this paper provides an overview of the problem and the various subtypes that have been identified. The paper reviews conceptualizations of internet addiction, various forms that the disorder takes, and treatment considerations for working with this emergent client population.


Internet addiction Pathological computer use Online relationships Diagnosis Treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Bonaventure UniversityAlleganyUSA
  2. 2.Center for Internet Addiction RecoveryBradfordUSA

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