Treatment of Internet Addiction


Internet addiction (IA) is a prevalent, highly comorbid, and significantly impairing disorder. Although many psychotherapeutic approaches and psychotropic medications have been recommended and some of the psychotherapeutic approaches and a few pharmacotherapy strategies have been studied, treatment of IA is generally in its early stages. This article reviews theoretical descriptions of psychotherapy and the effects of psychosocial treatment and pharmacologic treatment. We also outline our own treatment model of IA.

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This research was supported by the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (grant no. 7082091).


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Huang, Xq., Li, Mc. & Tao, R. Treatment of Internet Addiction. Curr Psychiatry Rep 12, 462–470 (2010).

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  • Internet addiction
  • Treatment
  • Review
  • Psychotherapy
  • Pharmacologic treatment
  • Multimodal psychotherapy