News Staff Reporter Psychiatrists are warning of a noticeable increase in cases of cyberaddiction in Castellón province.
The national Education department released a report on positive mental health this week, and experts in the field commented regarding the need to implement positive reinforcements.
Clinical psychologist Carlos Hidalgo says that ‘70% of teenagers are addicted to their mobile phones, with a worrying dependency’, and warns that ‘addictions that are not substance-related are also increasing, specially on- line betting, but also social networks which are abused and also lead to a loss of time and interpersonal relationships, a digital loneliness which even impacts the use of language’.
Hospital Provincial psychiatrist Matías Real adds that some ‘go as far as not leaving their room or not going to class’. He warns that spending time in front of the screen helps mitigate the suffering caused by several disorders, but that ‘these behavioural addictions are just as difficult to address, or even more so, than those that involve substances’.