The term Internet addiction, or Problematic Internet Use as it is sometimes referred to, covers a number of different problems, all of which involve compulsive computer use that interferes with daily life. Because so many of us spend much of our time in front of computers for work, it can be tough to identity Internet addiction, but if your computer time is causing trouble with your relationships, work or otherwise creating disturbances, you may have a problem. Internet addiction encompasses online gambling addiction, compulsive web searching, obsessive computer game playing, cybersex addiction and cyber relationship addiction. If you are unable to get your computer use under control on your own, a mental health professional can help you get a handle on it and work with you to make positive changes.
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I have advanced training and experience treatment sexual addiction. My work includes helping people whose marriage, career, or professional license may be in jeopardy because of their untreated addiction.
It's challenging when we get too much of something that 'almost' works. The internet can be so useful. We can learn, connect to people, save time, etc. However, the folks who design the internet and it's apps are hoping you become addicted to it. Screens often mimic the type of intimacy we seek in the real word. Issues with sex, shopping, and gambling intersect with the internet as well.
As a certified sex addiction therapist, a large part of my training and experience has been related to problem online behavior, including internet, pornography and/or cybersex addiction. Most people who struggle with internet addiction have some combination of online sexual and non-sexual behaviors, including gaming and social media addiction.
Internet and social media addiction is real, and it's on the rise. Do you find yourself in front of a screen gaming or surfing for several hours a day, unable to stop, unwilling to move? Perhaps you're noticing you're missing out on a lot of real life. After attending a two day training on this topic, I am equipped and motivated to help you relieve this addiction.