Cy­ber­ad­dic­tion alert

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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’.

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