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Diskussionsgruppe fuer die Unterstuetzung Internetabhaengiger

FYI, Oliver Obst
Date:    Thu, 16 Mar 1995 17:06:48 CST6CDT
From:    "* E. Guy Coffee" <COFFEE _at__ VET.KSU.EDU>
Subject: internet-addiction-support-group for those with acute or chronic
         Internet Addiction Disorder

As the incidence and prevalence of Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) has
been increasing exponentially, a support group. The Internet Addiction
Support Group  (IASG) has been established.  Below are the official
criteria for the diagnosis of IAD and subscription information for the IASG.

         Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) - Diagnostic Criteria

A maladaptive pattern of Internet use, leading to clinically significant
impairment or distress as manifested by three (or more) of the following,
occurring at any time in the same 12-month period:

(I) tolerance, as defined by either of the following:

        (A) A need for markedly increased amounts of time
            on Internet to achieve satisfaction

        (B) markedly diminished effect with continued use
            of the same amount of time on Internet

(II) withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following

        (A) the characteristic withdrawal syndrome

                (1) Cessation of (or reduction) in Internet use
                     that has been heavy and prolonged.

                (2) Two (or more) of the following, developing within
                    several days to a month after Criterion 1:

                        (a) psychomotor agitation

                        (b) anxiety

                        (c) obsessive thinking about what is happening
                            on Internet

                        (d) fantasies or dreams about Internet

                        (e) voluntary or involuntary typing movements
                            of the fingers

                (3) The symptoms in Criterion B cause distress or
                    impairment in social, occupational or other important
                    other area of functioning

        (B) Use of Internet or a similar on-line service is engaged in
            to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms

(III) Internet is often accessed more often or for longer periods of time
      than was intended

(IV) There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down
     or control Internet use

(V) A great deal of time is spent in activitied related to Internet
    use (e.g., buying Internet books, trying out new WWW browsers,
    researching Internet vendors, organizing files of downloaded materials

(VI) Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are
     given up or reduced because of Internet use.

(VII) Internet use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent
      or recurrent physical, social, occupational, or psychological problem
      that is likely to been caused or exacerbated by Internet use (sleep
      deprivation, marital difficulties, lateness for early morning
      appointments, neglect of occupational duties, or  feelings of
      abandonment in significant others)

Subscribe to the Internet Addiction Support Group by e-mail:

                Address: listserv _at__ netcom.com
                Subject:  (leave blank)
                Message: Subscribe internet-addiction-support-group

- ivan -
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