Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is defined by the inability to curb or stop going on the internet, in spite of the damage it causes. Similar to substance abuse, the internet can stimulate the reward center of the brain, leading to addiction. If you find yourself always thinking about internet and have trouble filling personal and professional obligations because of your online activities, you may have an internet addiction. Or, perhaps your use of the internet is causing a strain on your relationships with family and friends? A therapist trained in internet addiction will strive to learn more about your habits to understand the patterns that trigger an episode. They will work to help you identify unhealthy or irrational beliefs that may be contributing to this behavior, and teach you tools to replace the internet with healthy behaviors. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s internet addiction specialists today.

Meet the specialists

Addiction is defined as "The state of being being given up to some habit or compulsion." Smartphones and the internet are tailored toward keeping your personal interests active. We are in "wild, wild, west" territory here, but while we are in it, we don't have to be of it. There are tools and methods to help regulate this new world. I am in it, of it, and have learned how to help others healthfully modify and recognize and take on compulsive behaviors.

— Sandy Marsh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Anxiety. It’s like the monster that never sleeps. And because of it, you’re probably having some trouble in that department too. How many days do you wake up feeling more tired than the day before? It’s like you’re spinning your wheels trying to get caught up on a never-ending to-do list. And yet somehow, it feels like it’s never enough. And it tells you that you’re not enough. There’s a big difference between feeling a little nervous and totally helpless. I’m talking about that crippling, panic-attack-inducing anxiety that leaves you completely wiped out when it’s over. Feeling a little worried over a big event is very different from feeling completely terrified of every event. The good thing is, there’s hope. You don’t have to keep feeling like your life has no worth and value.

— Dr. Zakk Gammon, Therapist in Owensboro, KY

As someone who worked in technology for decades prior to being a therapist, I have a keen understanding of too much Internet use and the problems it can create. I have both professional and personal experience helping my clients to use technology in a way that is helpful and aligned with one's values

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Many of the people I have worked with were addicted to pornography and other forms of online acting out.

— Forest Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA