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AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE POTENTIAL FOR THE INCLUSION OF INTERNET ADDICTION WITH SUBTYPES AS A BEHAVIORAL ADDICTION IN THE REVISED DSM-5

by Love, Todd

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This study investigates the potential for a diagnosis of Internet Addiction and it’s associated subtypes as a conditional diagnosis in future revisions of the DSM-5. This research collects, compiles, and analyzes the existing literature on Internet Addiction and each of its subtypes, as well as the multiple interrelated topics regarding the broad topic of addiction, the generalized topic of behavioral addictions, as well as specific representative behavioral addictions. This comprehensive analysis facilitates a deductive examination of the potential validity of Internet Addiction as a mental health disorder. This study also investigates the decision by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to fundamentally alter the formally proposed diagnosis of Internet Addiction and insert instead Internet Gaming Disorder as a conditional diagnosis in the first edition of the DSM-5.
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Advisor:Kathleen Andrews, Ph.D.

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Date of Publication:10/08/2014

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