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Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD)/Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)

Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) is the newest member of the process addiction family, and replaces the term Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). It has received an increasing amount of attention in recent years, and has come to encompass a wide variety of maladaptive behaviors, including problematic video gaming, internet gambling and pornography consumption, compulsive online shopping, and excessive social networking. Internet addiction often co-occurs with a wide variety of psychiatric symptoms, including insomnia, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsiveness, and substance use, and is associated with social isolation, poor interpersonal relations, family instability, and low academic performance. (Source: “Exploring Internet Addiction as a Process Addiction,” Journal of Mental Health Counseling: April 2016, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 170-182.)

Submitted by: Cosette Rae, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, CDWF
CEO, Founding Member, Program Director, reSTART