For example, compulsive gambling, shopping, pornography use or gaming.
Internet addiction disorder covers a variety of compulsive Internet activities including the following: Though the Internet is often a great way of escaping reality, spending excessive amounts of time on the Internet engaging in cybersex, viewing pornography, spending time in adult chat rooms or carrying out relationships in online fantasy worlds can begin to have negative repercussions on an individuals real life relationships.
Though each counsellor will have their own unique way of working, sessions may involve exploring different ways of dealing with certain urges and triggers and exploring the origins of the problem and the underlying reason for your addiction.Shopping addicts have a tendency to purchase things they don't really need and can't really afford but they do so in order to experience the temporary high of placing a winning bid or owning something new.Each and every one of us will use the Internet in our own way for different purposes and for varying amounts of time.A huge problem with online relationships is that many people online lie about their sex, age, appearance, relationship status and job, meaning that when online friends meet in real-life, unfortunately they may not live up to one another’s online persona resulting in significant emotional distress.
According to the Gambling Commission there are an estimated 236,000 to 378,000 problem gamblers in Britain.
In addition, the financial problems brought on by online gambling can also result in stress, anxiety and depression.