Always consult a doctor before undergoing treatment of any kind. The author of this article is not a doctor so if you decide to undertake the treatment described in this article, do so at your own risk.
Social Media Addiction is a controversial topic. For people who are struggling to overcome a compulsive use of social media platforms and the frequent, uncontrollable urge to check their smartphone, it can be hard to find pleasure in normal, everyday activities. Or if you’re close to someone whose life has been negatively affected by tech it isn’t hard to see how a tech addiction can have nearly the same kind of impact on work or relationships as drug or alcohol abuse. In fact, an inability to control Facebook use is currently a leading cause of divorce in the United States today.
Understandably, some psychologists and psychiatrists hesitate to give credibility to the diagnosis, “Social Media Addiction”. After all, these professionals use these platforms to target potential customers and advertise their services to the masses. Many psychologists are addicted to social media themselves. And in a society where the majority of individuals are logged into a social media platform for most of the day, it can be hard to know where to draw the line in terms of what’s normal social behavior and what’s abnormal.
But while social media addiction is still being considered as a diagnosis by psychiatrists and psychologists, technology addiction and the dependency on electronic devices that many people experience today has been officially recognized by psychiatrists in the U.S. since 2013 when “Internet Addiction” became an official diagnosis. That same year, a facility was opened to treat Internet Addiction.
Unfortunately, that facility did not offer amino-acid therapies to patients, but we’ll talk more about how you can use amino acids to easily stop an addiction to social media.
Today, the five types of tech addiction that are most widely known and recognized are:
- Social Media Addiction
- Smartphone Addiction
- Video Game Addiction
- Porn Addiction
- Online Gambling Addiction
It doesn’t matter whether you’re addicted to social media or if you’re addicted to porn, or video games. All addictions are neurologically related and can be treated using amino acid therapy. Using nutrition and specific supplements, you can breeze through the process of withdrawals and detox to the part where you take control over your life again by forming new and healthy habits.
DSM-V Diagnostic Criteria for Internet Addiction:
The DSM-V is the main reference manual used by psychologists and psychiatrists to determine whether a patient has a particular disorder or not (mostly for insurance purposes). Experts have speculated that Internet Addiction may not be a discrete problem, but rather a manifestation of an underlying issue. In this document, we propose that the problem that undergirds social media and smartphone addiction as well as addiction to video games and porn as well as gambling and even substance addiction is nutritional and that individuals who take supplements to overcome certain nutrient deficiencies will be much better equipped to overcome their addiction.
Some individuals will find that by satisfying nutrient deficiencies by taking specific supplements they can easily stop using their social media and their smartphone in a compulsive, addictive way. Others may need to follow our anti-addiction guidelines for how to use their minds too to form new habits and create new daily routines that exclude the object of their addiction.
The DSM-V diagnostic criteria for Internet Addiction includes 9 symptoms:
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Unsuccessful attempts to stop or reduce
- Excessive use despite problems
- Escape from a negative mood
- Jeopardized relationships or job opportunities
In order to qualify as Internet Addiction Disorder in a mental health context, the patient must engage in the compulsive use of the Internet in a manner that significantly impairs their functioning in daily life for a prolonged period of time.
In this document, we focus primarily on social media addiction and smartphone addiction because these two problems often coexist and having an addiction to one or the other likely means that the other addiction also exists. Of the two types of addiction, smartphone addiction is the most prevalent, but social media is a close second, and often the addictive behaviors that happen on smartphones take place on social media applications.
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