[Pathological Internet use--epidemiology, diagnostics, co-occurring disorders and treatment].

  title={[Pathological Internet use--epidemiology, diagnostics, co-occurring disorders and treatment].},
  author={Kay Uwe Petersen and Nina Weymann and Y Schelb and R Thiel and Rainer Thomasius},
  journal={Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie},
  volume={77 5},
In 2009, we can look back on a history of 40 years of internet use. While most consumers make use of the internet in a controlled fashion, a progressive loss of the ability to control the frequency and duration of internet activities emerges in some users. As a consequence, the excessive time devoted to internet use and the behavioural narrowing can lead to dramatic psychosocial outcomes. This phenomenon is referred to as "pathological internet use" (PIU). On behalf of the German ministry of… 

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