Getting the Right Diagnosis: Internet Addiction

Today more and more people are being diagnosed with some type of issue – from exhaustion and depression to ADHD. These are real problems that have a variety of health implications, especially for adolescents and young adults because they are still developing mentally and physically.

Unfortunately, people today expect a quick fix, so doctors, clinicians, and parents may be too readily accepting of giving teens medications in an effort to make them feel better rather than taking time to teach coping skills or to understand the issue. This may also lead to overmedicating teens and young adults for another reason: improper diagnosis. Many issues have similar symptoms. For example, internet addiction, ADHD, and sleep deprivation.

What’s Troubling Teens: Internet Addiction, ADHD, or Depression?

When adolescent’s grades slip and inattentiveness becomes an issue, sometimes ADHD is quickly called to blame since it has such a high profile. There are also the issues of depression, which can accompany ADHD, and anxiety; those with depression often exhibit signs of anxiety disorder. The problem in diagnosing these issues can be that they present some of the same symptoms, such as irritability, mood changes, boredom, and poor sleep, as well as causing difficulty concentrating or initiating projects.

Without probing the issues and perhaps wanting a quick solution, medications could be prescribed for one or several issues. The effect could be to not help at all or even worsen an adolescent’s condition if ADHD or depression/anxiety is not his true struggle.

Failing grades, withdrawal from friends and family, and irritability or anxiety can also be attributed to internet addiction. Some research has shown a link between internet addiction and depression in teens as someone with depression may turn to the internet for an escape or source of comfort. If the internet is a true problem rather than ADHD, medication will not help, and simply reviewing qualifying criteria may not lead to a proper diagnosis or treatment.

Tackling the Troubles: Wilderness Therapy for Teens

Pacific Quest wilderness therapy individual therapyTherapy seeks to get to the root causes of issues. A good, comprehensive wilderness therapy program is capable of helping adolescents and young adults dealing with a variety of issues, such as internet addiction, depression/anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, and adoption issues, among others.

The comprehensive Pacific Quest wilderness therapy program takes a holistic and experiential approach to healing. Naturopathic medicine and principles guide the wellness program, which combines standard medical practices with more traditional, natural healing methods. Pacific Quest’s program is well-suited for families wanting to avoid or reduce the number of prescription medications.

Its innovative therapeutic model includes individualized care plans with a combination of

The medical and clinical staffs take time to evaluate and talk to each student to learn about their struggles, issues, and motivations. Therapy sessions are tailored to their needs and individual progress in the program. Group sessions can focus on shared experiences and struggles, such as divorce, substance issues, or internet addiction. When several issues exist, such as internet addiction and depression, therapy can tackle each one individually and also reveal how one issue can feed another. Wilderness therapy also offers a chance for adolescents or young adults with internet addiction to get away from the source of the problem: computers and technology, and they can learn how to live without them. Pacific Quest understands there is no quick fix, so it takes time to help students then give them long-lasting skills and tools for them to be able to maintain change into the future.

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