Does Internet Addiction Cause Depression and ADHD in Adolescents?

wilderness therapyInternet addiction is a growing concern that has been getting the attention of researchers, scientists, and therapists alike. The growing body of data shows that cases of true internet addiction are still the minority but also that excessive internet use is definitely a problem for many people.

As people are becoming aware of the effects and signs of internet usage disorder or addiction, questions arise as to whether excessive internet use is causing other mental and emotional issues, such as depression and attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Internet addiction has many signs and symptoms, which are the same for adults as well as adolescents. Some of these signs may present themselves like those of depression or ADHD, such as mood changed, irritability, poor academic performance, etc. Studies have not yet conclusively determined whether internet addiction causes other issues, but findings have shown that adolescents with internet addiction are more likely to suffer from depression or have ADHD. Based on current information, it is more likely that adolescents troubled by depression or ADHD are turning to the internet as an outlet, and as a result of excessive time spent online, they develop internet addiction or at least a mild dependency on the internet, video games, and online activities.

Treating Internet Addiction through Wilderness Therapy

Internet addiction can be a complex situation; it may be the cause or result of other issues. Medication is a limited treatment – one that cannot necessarily help with internet addiction, so seeking therapy may be more important than ever in order to for helping troubled adolescents struggling with internet addiction in addition to depression or ADHD.

Pacific Quest wilderness therapy has been committed to helping troubled adolescents and young adults dealing with a variety of issues, including

Pacific Quest is unlike any other wilderness therapy program. Using a combination of horticulture therapy and traditional clinical care, students change from troubled adolescents into self-confident and empowered youths with the skills and tools to survive and thrive once they have transitioned back into their home and lives after Pacific Quest. Because the internet is a tool of modern everyday life, these skills can greatly aid adolescents in monitoring themselves and their internet behavior. Pacific Quest creates individual care plans; no one student is alike, nor are the issues each one faces. With those and its highly clinical and experiential setting, Pacific Quest is uniquely qualified to help complex issues, such as internet addiction plus the issues that fuel it.

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