• Internet addiction: implications and assessment education for providers

      See, Marie Nicole (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2017-12-01)
      The proliferation of internet accessibility and electronic devices has allowed problematic internet use or internet addiction (IA) to explode worldwide in the past two decades. Popular Applications such as gaming, pornography, gambling, and social media are wildly popular internet pastimes with resulting high abuse potential. Social, occupational, fiscal, and interpersonal problems have been reported, as have high levels of co-morbid mental illnesses. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) added Gambling Disorder to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the first behavioral addiction recognized by the APA. In light of the mounting evidence supporting IA as a serious threat to mental health, an IA educational webinar was developed for providers (nurse practitioners and physicians) to increase knowledge and screening for IA in the clinical setting.