Review Ties Brain Abnormalities To Internet Addiction Disorder

Medscape (5/6, Anderson) reports that a literature review presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting “points to the potentially devastating effects of Internet addiction, especially in adolescents.” According to the “review of 13 published articles…people with Internet addiction disorder (IAD), especially those addicted to Internet gaming, tend to have certain brain abnormalities.” Researchers found that “increased blood flow is actually seen in the areas of the brain involving reward and pleasure centers, and decreased blood flow is observed in areas involved in hearing and visual processing.”

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