The Internet Addict

Is problematic internet use (PIU) a real disorder or a fad? And if real, what are its signs and how is it treated? Cover image: Shutterstock

Technology and Everyday Distractions

Whether or not multitasking creates ADD symptoms in otherwise attentive people is a subject of ongoing debate.

At a minimum, our plugged-in world, filled with noisy and visually cluttered screens, phones, and other devices, is frustrating to many, and especially challenging for those with ADD/ADHD. Here are some tips for tuning in to what's important––and tuning out the rest.

Addiction

Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.