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Is excessive computer use a psychiatric disorder?

Computer_addiction On April 3, 2008, American Public Radio's Show, Future Tense, broadcast a 4 minute interview by Future Tense host Jon Gordon with Psychiatrist Jerald Block who believes that compulsive computer use should be classified as a psychiatric disorder. Here is the description of the segment from the Future Tense web site:

Psychiatrist Jerald Block believes heavy use of computers, video games and the Internet can either cause mental illness or, at the very least, be a destructive manifestation of pre-existing behavioral disorders. Writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Block argues there ought to be an entry in the next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness called "pathological computer use."

You can go to the Future Tense web site for more information and to listen to the interview by clicking here.


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