Can internet abuse be related to depression?

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Licho
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   Posted 9/7/2007 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I wonder if the fact, that I do abuse the internet sometimes (although not addictively), can be related to my depression. Actually, I think I fit in the dysthymia symptoms with the enormous time of their lasting, which I've read, but I'm not sure if it could lead to abusing the internet.
 
It sounds rather like some obsessional symptom, but I'm no internet addict. It's a fact that I've actually no interests - another symptom of my supposed dysthymia, but it isn't related to the internet.
 
Does any of you have similar internet problem? It's really embarrassing, as my mum thinks I do abuse the internet.
 
Cheers to you. :-)

ediekristen
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   Posted 9/7/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
For sure. I am constantly online, even at work like right now when I know I have a ton of stuff I COULD be doing, but instead I'm posting here, hehe. And I constantly check my email, not that I actually have any friends that might send me mail *shrug*. And the first thing I do, instead of calling a place with a question or seeing a doctor or looking in the phone book, I just go online for everything and research anything.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
Primadophilus Reuteri
40 mg Citalopram (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Imuran
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ShynSassy
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   Posted 9/8/2007 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Before I divorced my ex and got help,I used the internet to hide out. It was in the family room,and after the kids went to bed I would hide down there rather than dealing with my ex. I became addicted I am sure,and could not wait to get on the computer and escape.
But,It did not help my depression at all,I think it just made it worse because I was not getting the help I needed.



Shy
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Licho
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   Posted 9/15/2007 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I see. I've never related my internet abuse to any depression. I used to connect it with possible obsessive/compulsive things. It's kind of surprise for me - I thought that I shouldn't have any interest in anything, even in the internet.

@ediekristen: I've read in your signature, you've both Ulcerative Colitis and Social Anxiety - the same as me! I see that you manage to work normally, despite of these horrible diseases. Is it hard? Or maybe the drugs help you sufficiently? You'll surely agree, having UC and SA simultaneously is a bit too much, won't you?

Cheers to you
My drugs (I've UC for a few years, if anybody was curious; autodiagnosed SA and depressive problems): mesalazine, azathioprine, infliximab, iron meds, vitamins (sometimes) & probiotics; the methylprednisolone therapy of several months if needed (then, protectively, potassium meds and omeprazole as well).
I worry about my liver and kidneys for the reasons above, I hope that unnecessarily.
I worry if anxiety problems (SA) could impact on the UC as well.
I have nothing more to say at the moment (I've already said very much for me...).


ShynSassy
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   Posted 9/15/2007 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Licho
Well the first step is admitting that you have to work on something. That is a huge step IMO

Shy
Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Lexapro,Zyban,Buspar,Clonazepam

Have been med free for 2 years now.

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How can you talk without a brain?

I dunno...but alot of people talk without a brain don't they?

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