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Karapitiya Teaching Hospital's Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Ramani Ratnaweera said yesterday the worldwide medical specialists in psychiatry had urged that addiction to the internet be classified as a mental disorder.

She highlighted the fact that modern technology was an integral part of education in the world, but addiction to the internet could affect one’s mental health.

Dr. Ratnaweera told the media that children were often subjected to stress when preparing for an examination and that it was the duty of parents and the teachers to create an atmosphere where they would be better able to face the challenges while avoiding the stress caused by competition.

“However, it is unfortunate that the children are encouraged to use the internet as an integral part of their education. This has resulted in the children falling prey to internet-addiction which leads to mental disorders. It is an accepted fact that modern technology should be used for education, but it can bring about a negative effect with regard to their mental health. Addiction to the internet would cause irreparable damage to the cerebral nervous system just as in the case of addiction to narcotics and liquor. We have received evidence that many children use the internet, especially social websites even while neglecting their normal studies. They are bound to end up as victims of stress, mental and physical disorders including back pain and nervousness. Therefore, medical specialists all over the world have considered the inclusion of internet-addiction as a mental disorder,” Dr. Ratnaweera said. (D. Sugathapala and Sumathipala Diyagahage)

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  • Henry Wednesday, 20 July 2016 02:02 AM

    Someone could describe Internet as a Knife that used for both good

    Ceylonese Wednesday, 20 July 2016 04:49 AM

    Addiction to use of mobile phones should also be classified as a mental disorder which according to recent scientific research leads to brain tumours and cancer of the brain.

    citizen Wednesday, 20 July 2016 05:42 AM

    How does one define using internet for benefit as opposed to addiction. Much knowledge we need is found rapidly on the web. Psychiatrists may be wanting all the internet users as their patients.

    it Tuesday, 19 July 2016 02:29 PM

    good that the Google loone project was a flop. or else more children would be considered loony with free wifi via DM iOS App

    Sarath Tuesday, 19 July 2016 02:34 PM

    This statement makes majority world population affected by mental disorders

    stunned citizen Tuesday, 19 July 2016 02:39 PM

    most certainly adding to the social addictions of drugs alcohol and gambling ills of this country via DM iOS App

    gamaati Wednesday, 20 July 2016 01:49 PM

    this is how doctors make money classifying normal people as mentally disordered.

    hemantha Wednesday, 20 July 2016 01:51 PM

    This is true even though no body willing to accept it. Specially teenagers in our country have addicted to the PCs too much. They will not miss any American TV series

    Ruwan Tuesday, 19 July 2016 02:51 PM

    Is the google loon project a flop???

    das Tuesday, 19 July 2016 03:16 PM

    There is also a "Patriotic Mental Disorder" (PSD) in Sri Lanka.

    Alamof Wednesday, 20 July 2016 07:55 AM

    Psychiatrics with proclivities for labelling normal people as people with mental disorders, should be classified as "Mentally Disordered"

    Sharon Tuesday, 19 July 2016 03:45 PM

    Your disorder is visible from the abbreviation...

    asadak Wednesday, 20 July 2016 02:18 PM

    Simply "This is true"Need action ASAP.

    Asadak Wednesday, 20 July 2016 02:24 PM

    Parents and teachers are helpless in front of the influences of social media and current child rights practices of our country. the truth is problem is severe than we think. The problem is like an Ice burg floating on the sea.Specially with adolescents, Internet is like Dalipiyen kiri kaama

    Top Hat Wednesday, 20 July 2016 08:28 AM

    If that is the case, we have to accept it!

    das Tuesday, 19 July 2016 04:45 PM

    @Sharon.Thanks, I didn't notice it. :-)

    Harry Tuesday, 19 July 2016 04:58 PM

    All the balloon projects boasted by PM ends as such!

    Unchikun Tuesday, 19 July 2016 05:17 PM

    What about the "mental disorder", "I am a minister". This too need urgent attention.

    Manushya Tuesday, 19 July 2016 05:54 PM

    Then somebody could argue that doctors are addicted to the stethoscopes too. Because internet is an essential means of sharing information for most people today.

    meditate Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:39 AM

    Long walks on the beach is good for mental disorders

    surasena Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:27 AM

    While my kids read news and features through the e-net I do the same via books and newspapers; am I a person with "mental disorder"?. It is not the tool that one has to despise yet the utilization of the same.

    Kamal Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:41 AM

    We want the Psychiatrics to be classified as mentally disordered

    clem Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:55 AM

    DR. Ramanis' statement is utter false

    Piyumi Fernando Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:07 PM

    Children as young as 10-11 year olds have fb accounts with full of love struck wall posts. Parents are responsible if children are involve in such activities. Most people in our country have no idea how to use such a device wisely.


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