Internet Addiction Help – Is Internet Addiction Caused By Other Underlying Disorders?

There is ongoing debate among psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, and physicians about whether “Internet Addiction Disorder” should be considered a diagnosable mental health problem.

Organizations like the American Medical Association have, to date, rejected proposals to classify internet addiction as a mental disorder. This decision was largely based on insufficient research and scientific consensus on the addictive nature of the internet and certain online games.

Because it is not yet an officially recognized disorder, Internet Addition has found itself suffering from a bit of an identity crisis – sometimes being referred to as “excessive”, “problematic”, or “unhealthy” computer use. The use of these terms obviously places the emphasis on the harmful behavior rather than diagnosing the individual him/herself as addicted.

Internet Addiction: A “Catch-All” Term

Further complicating the issue is the fact that the term internet addiction is somewhat of a catch-all label for problems associated with excessive use of computers or technology. For example, the term has been use to describe compulsive online gambling, pornography use, texting, chatting, social networking, web surfing, online shopping, and video gaming.

The Symptom of an Underlying Problem or the Cause?

Numerous theories have been proposed to help explain why certain individuals become addicted to the internet and why certain online activities may be more likely to encourage unhealthy patterns of use. For example, it has been suggested that some people may turn to the internet to avoid feelings of depression, loneliness, shyness, and anxiety. This of course assumes that online addiction is a symptom of an underlying problem rather than a problem in and of itself.

Others argue just the opposite – that internet and computer addiction can bring on mental health problems like depression and anxiety.

Because online addiction is such a new problem and not yet well understood by mental health professionals (at least compared to other issues such as depression and anxiety), individuals seeking help for internet and computer addiction may encounter doctors, therapists, and psychologists who adopt one of the polarized views above.

For example, consider someone struggling with both depression and online addiction – something that is actually quite common.

One therapist may conclude that the depressed mood is clearly the primary issue and that the excessive internet use is “obviously just a symptom of depression and the person’s way of distracting himself from underlying negative feelings.” Another therapist may conclude that internet addiction is clearly the primary issue and that the depression is “obviously just the natural consequence of spending so much time online disconnected from the real world.”

Depending on the presenting problems, both of these approaches may be a disservice to the client.

A More Complex Relationship Between Internet Addiction and Mental Health Problems

As is often the case with issues like this one, the true relationship between internet addiction and other disorders may be more complex than either of these two extremes:\

  • Other psychological disorders can (certainly) exist independently of internet addiction
  • Other psychological disorders can (very likely) be the underling cause of excessive online use
  • Internet addiction can (quite likely) exist independently of other psychological disorders
  • Internet addiction can (very possibly) increase the likelihood of developing other psychological disorders
  • And finally, both internet addiction and other psychological disorders can (almost certainly) exist simultaneously with one feeding off the other and as a consequence, maintaining or intensifying the symptoms of both

Why Allopathic Drugs Do Not Successfully Treat Bacterial Vaginosis

More than one third of women who use prescribed Bacterial Vaginosis medication have a recurrence within 12 weeks. Almost half of those women treated will see the symptoms return in less than a year. The usual reaction of most conventional medical practitioners is to bombard your body with stronger antibiotics for a longer length of time. These antibiotics often cause side effects such as nausea, skin irritation and leave an unpleasant metallic taste in your mouth. The worst side effect of all however is prescriptive or allopathic Bacterial Vaginosis treatments will probably upset the natural vaginal yeast balance and leave you with thrush for which you will need another prescription for anti fungal medication.

Treatments and cures should be about getting the bodies natural balance restored. Once you know why you have symptoms and understand the function of bacteria such as lactobacilli you do not need an extraordinarily high IQ to figure out that the cure for Bacterial Vaginosis lies in replacing the ‘friendly’ bacteria that has been destroyed.

Unlike conventional medicine, Natural remedies also offer an extensive range of treatments. You medical practitioner will offer antibiotics; oral drugs, topical cream or both. The only variation will be the strength or brand. Allopathic drugs should only be taken for a limited time and besides advice on personal hygiene and telling you to avoid certain foods, no preventative suggestions are offered.

This infection is caused by an alteration in bacterial flora. Natural remedies offer a complete range of treatments that will restore the balance without unpleasant side effects. Products such as garlic and neem bark are natural antibiotics.

Homeopathic preparations that include ingredients such as pulsatilla and sepia are very popular and many homeopaths will formulate a ‘tailor made’ Bacterial Vaginosis treatment that takes into account your specific symptoms and condition.

Vitamins and antioxidants are used in BV treatment and prevention. Simple alterations in diet are often enough to completely cure and prevent Bacterial Vaginosis.

Natural BV treatments usually use everyday products that are easy to find, safe and cheap. Many ‘patients’ go on to grow their own ‘medicine chest’ at home. There is never a product ‘recall’ or ‘expose’ of dangerous side effects as we have seen with allopathic drugs. This is the beauty of natural treatments and medication. After all, when did you last read about a yogurt scare?

Drug’s Effects on Brain-Fog Symptoms

This article will address a biotin question and its effects on brain-fog symptoms. The idea came from somebody that asked me opinion about this. She has just started taking a substantial dose of biotin (in combination with other B-vitamins, all yeast-free), because over at the Forum, they all see biotin as the anti-brain-fog miracle. There are several articles on brain fog that support this – as well as stopping the candida from producing roots, biotin helps to break down acetaldehyde, which seems to be at the core of the awful mental symptoms.

4 days in, her head is definitely a little clearer. She was just wondering how much, how often,
with/without food, and how big (and, how fast!) an effect it’s had on your brain-fog symptoms?

Although I never take Biotin, an input from my friend can answer this question.

She has taken Biotin, as part of the program that Diane Petosky suggests. She did take antifungals at the same time (and did colonics), so she cannot guesstimate how fast the biotin alone can clear your brain fog.

Diane’s program suggests 3000 micrograms per day, so she got 5 Mg caps (that’s 5000 micrograms) and took one per day. She has to say, too, that she does think it helped. She went to a well-known (in yeast-circles) doctor today, and they checked her blood under the microscope and saw not too much yeast. It was more than someone who has no systemic candida, but not rampant, as it was before. To her, this indicates that not only did the anti-fungals kill the existing yeast, but the biotin has curtailed the “budding phase”. She is continuing to take the biotin, even now that she has stopped the antifungals.

Interesting enough, she was absolutely sure that recurrent yeast was her problem when she went in there. Her gall bladder was aching, and stools getting lighter while urine was getting darker (classic signs of hepatitis, but she is not feeling that sick, so she assumed it was gall bladder).

After looking at her blood, they seem to think that she has the yeast under control, and that she has digestive problems and mycoplasma (which is says seems to be a common denominator in people who complain of muscle/bone aches, and feeling “tired all the time”). They gave her treatment ideas for this.

The doctor feels that getting the digestive problems under control will solve many of her other complaints. They did find that she is not digesting her food properly, so gave her a stool kit to send a sample to the Lab. After that, she is to being some treatment to begin to correct her digestion.