Manifestations of Psychotic Symptomatology during Ex-cessive Internet Use
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 2, April 2013, Pages: 28-35
Received: Mar. 14, 2013; Published: Apr. 2, 2013
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Konstantinos S. Bonotis, Department of Psychiatry, University of Thessaly Medical School, Larissa, Greece
Evangelini S. Kita, Department of Psychiatry, University of Thessaly Medical School, Larissa, Greece
Agisilaos D. Zerdelis, Department of Psychiatry, University of Thessaly Medical School, Larissa, Greece
Odysseas D. Mouzas, Department of Psychiatry, University of Thessaly Medical School, Larissa, Greece
Nikiforos V. Angelopoulos, Department of Psychiatry, University of Thessaly Medical School, Larissa, Greece
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Abstract
The use, let alone the excessive use, of the internet is an expanding new social phenomenon. There is a growing reference to a problematic attitude called “internet addiction” as a candidate for a new psychiatric entity. Up to now, various psychiatric symptoms and disorders have been described which are related to the internet pathologic use: impulse control disorder, compulsive behavior, withdrawal symptoms, depressive mood, social phobia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, social isolation, functional decline. In this study, we report on three cases of first psychotic episodes following a period of aggravating internet overuse and we indicate a possible cycling relationship between this behavioral pattern and the emerging of a psychotic syndrome.
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Excessive internet use; Internet addiction; First psychotic episodes; Psychosocial factor
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Konstantinos S. Bonotis, Evangelini S. Kita, Agisilaos D. Zerdelis, Odysseas D. Mouzas, Nikiforos V. Angelopoulos, Manifestations of Psychotic Symptomatology during Ex-cessive Internet Use, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013, pp. 28-35. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20130202.12
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