J Korean Med Assoc.  2006 Mar;49(3):209-214.

Biological Model and Pharmacotherapy in Internet Addiction

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  • 1Department of Neuropsychiatry, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine and Hospital, Korea. hawkeyelys@hanmail.net

Abstract

Internet addiction, a kind of behavioral addiction, has recently emerged as a big social issue among Korean adolescents. However, medical researches on the internet addiction has just started. Through a review of the literature on drug addiction and pathologic gambling, which are thought to be similar to the internet addiction, the author summarized biological aspects of internet addiction and currently available medications for the addicts.

Keyword

Internet Addiciton; Biological etiology; Medications

MeSH Terms

Adolescent
Drug Therapy*
Gambling
Humans
Internet*
Models, Biological*
Substance-Related Disorders
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