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Teen ADHD | Parent Treatment AdvocatesThe new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the fifth edition, published in May of 2013, outlines a new definition of addiction. It includes a diagnosis for non-substance addictions, such as gambling, and any other behaviors that an individual or teen has lost power over.

The reason for the change stems from a new definition of addiction. The DSM explains that although drugs and alcohol can have a physical and psychological addiction, it is possible to develop an addiction to other behaviors and activities that become the sole focus of one’s life to the exclusion and detriment of other life-activities. Read more!

Adolescent Internet Addiction | Parent Treatment Advocates

Adolescent internet addiction is slowly gaining understanding, but it is still misunderstood too frequently. Addictions do not have to involve ingesting a substance in order to be valid. In fact, the natural chemicals released by the brain during internet usage can create a chemical dependency and literal withdrawals when an addict is forcibly separated from the internet. In order to help your addicted adolescent, you must first understand internet addiction and then know where you can turn for help. Read more!

These days, almost everybody spends time everyday on the internet. Teenagers are no exception. In fact, many teenagers spend hours online each day. With the amount of time teenagers spend online, how do you know what is normal and what is teen internet addiction? It can be tricky to distinguish, but there are a few things you can look for that can help you determine whether or not your child has an addiction to the internet. Read more!