Online Illnesses

Ratcatcher’s favorites point out this great item from WIRED:

The AMA recently suggested that perhaps gaming addiction should be considered as a sub-category of internet addiction. This is a step in the right direction. Clearly “internet addiction” doesn’t begin to cover the realm of bizarre and pathological behaviors the internet inspires. Herewith a list of afflictions and syndromes I feel should be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV, or perhaps the DSM IV.Ib.

Disorders include:

  • Narcissistic Blog Disorder
  • Bookmark Loop Disorder
  • E-mail Gullibility Syndrome
  • Atemporal Fad Disorder
  • Pugilistic Discussion Syndrome
  • Amusement Identify Disorder

Read it here.

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