Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Response to “Letter to Editor: Internet Addiction Disorder: Hype, a Myth”

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Response to “Letter to Editor: Internet Addiction Disorder: Hype, a Myth”

Article excerpt

Byline: P. Dalal, Debasish. Basu

Sir,

We thank the author for the response to our guest editorial. We agree that the case for internet addiction (IA) should not be settled as a clear-cut case of a psychiatric disorder, at least not as yet. We also agree that each and every person with so-called IA deserves a thorough psychiatric assessment to ascertain the possibility of an independent psychiatric disorder. Indeed, many of those with excessive and maladaptive use of the Internet do suffer from an underlying independent psychiatric disorder that needs to be diagnosed and treated.

What we do not agree with is the tone of foreclosure and dismissal of the entire complex issue as “hype, a myth.” In this regard, it is ironic to quote from Pies that the author has quoted. That quote is a bit of a same-side goal because Pies says that it is not appropriate to write off the so-called IA with the allegation of medicalization. Instead, what he actually calls for at the very end of his commentary–and we entirely agree there–is to follow “a conservative approach to both diagnosis and treatment of PUEM-like behavior. This should be accompanied by rapid development of uniform diagnostic criteria and a vigorous research effort aimed at understanding the nature of this condition.”[sup][1]

Our editorial was meant to focus on exactly this need for “a vigorous research effort aimed at understanding the nature of this condition” rather than dismissing the whole issue as a hype or myth. Hence, we have posed four “cardinal questions” to resolve the issue in a progressively hierarchical manner. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.