Kicking internet addiction
--Losing sleep because you're online
--Getting defensive if others say you spend too much time online.
The results of addiction? Just like drug addictions, IA diminishes one's physical activity, causes a lack of face-to-face time with family and friends (and the world in general), and contributes to everything from obesity and lower self-esteem to problems at work, school and with friends.
How to get unhooked? One study found that when problematic internet users had internet access cut off, their withdrawal symptoms included increased anxiety, depression, heart rate and blood pressure. That's why to disconnect you may need:
--A healthy habit substitute: The best is regularly-scheduled physical activity.
--Enforce a family internet schedule and whole-house internet vacations so you spend time together talking, adventuring, or cooking.
--Help from cognitive behavioral therapy.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com.
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