Addiction and Mental Health Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Addiction and Mental Health worksheet?

Internet addiction is a serious issue of this era which is likened to other types of addictions that trigger the release of dopamine in the brain signalling the feeling of pleasure. It can be similar to a drug-induced high with the risk of building tolerance overtime leading to an increasing need for more and more screen time. It can include excessive social media usage, compulsive online shopping and gaming addiction. 

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet will provide some common signs and symptoms that could indicate an individual’s growing internet addiction. It can help in recognizing the condition in yourself or someone you know so that right help can be sought or provided at the right time. 

How to use the worksheet?

Go through the list of common signs and symptoms associated with excessive usage of internet. If you can recognize many of these signs in yourself or someone you know it is time to seek professional help. 

Addiction and Mental Health Worksheet

Internet addiction is a menace that is rampant in our communities today. The excessive usage of internet has many adverse effects on all aspects of one’s mental health including cognitive, social, behavioural and emotional among others. Following are some common noticeable signs and symptoms that can help you recognize the condition in yourself or someone you know so that you can seek professional help. 

Spending more hours online than offline
Neglecting important tasks because of excessive usage
Irritated or angry if not allowed access to internet
Gradually quitting other activities that you once enjoyed to spend more time online
Body aches and pains due to restricted movement
Digestion complaints
Neglecting self-care and physical appearance
Weight loss or weight gain without any reason
Lack of sleep – inability to fall asleep
Repeated denial of excessive internet usage
Noticeable negative impacts on academic or professional work productivity
Avoiding social activities – preferring isolation to spend 
Use deception to hide your internet usage
Concentration issues
Memory issues
Using internet to escape challenging or difficult emotions or situations
Feeling a sense of euphoria when using the internet
Issues with vision (blurred vision, redness, irritation, vision impairment)
Moody, depressed, anxious feelings when stopping or decreasing internet use 
Repeated unsuccessful attempts of cutting back or reducing online screen time
Show extreme emotional reactions to negative outcomes related with online activities such as losing a game or facing a friend request rejection

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