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Wednesday, May 04, 2011


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Ignatius Onomatopoeia

Anyone in San Francisco who is spending lots and lots of time in virtual worlds has either 1) found a way of earning some sort of money there or 2) not getting out enough.

You San Franciscans live in the nation's most beautiful city. We East-Coast types make fun of the Bay Area because we are so darned jealous.

I'd be a City Lights Bookstore addict if I lived there and I'd need Dr. Di Pelesi's help with breaking the cycle of addiction.

Franklin Lubitsch

So, Hamlet, do I understand that Dr. Pelesi is specializing in virtual world addiction? Or, at least, adding it to his list of specialties? And if so, is he the first to do this? I'm sure other therapists have dealt with this issue, but I don't know if any specialize.

Arcadia Codesmith

We should consider the problem of virtual world "addiction" right after we resolve the much more widespread epidemics of television "addiction", book "addiction" and movie "addiction".

Or maybe we could stop blaming the objects of obsessive behaviors and focus on treating the obsession.

Kirstenlee Cinquetti

I detect a minor flaw here.... The therapy probably costs more than the addiction


Therapy for internet/gaming addiction has been available for over ten years now - Kimberly Young's "Caught in the Net" came out in 1998, and there has been lots of research into the topic published since then, particularly out of Korea and China. There was a proposal to include internet addiction on the DSM-5, but it's not in the draft version.

One can choose from various inpatient and outpatient programmes. CBT seems to have the best evidence base.

See also: http://wp.me/p4QUI-r3

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