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Internet addiction: Learning to disconnect

Last night, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams took an in-depth look at Internet use and how a growing number of scientists and addiction specialists, including Stanford's Elias Aboujaoude, MD, say that it's possible to become addicted to the Internet.

During the program, chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman, MD, visited reSTART, the first residential treatment program in the United States that helps people with Internet obsessions. Stacey, a woman who sought treatment at reSTART, talked about her addiction to an online card game:

When I’d go out shopping with the girls at the mall, all I could think about was going back and playing on the computer again.  So, even if I was physically present, my brain was still on the computer.

Previously: NBC's Rock Center explores Internet addiction, Ask Stanford Med: Answers to your questions on the psychological effects of Internet useExploring the Internet’s dark sideVirtually You: The dangerous powers of the E-Personality and Stanford psychiatrist explores how people’s online personas affect their real-world lives

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