Algeria Has Opened Its First Internet Addiction Clinic
In Constantine, Algeria, compulsive web users can seek relief
The reported average time individuals spend on social media is lamentable. In response to this growing problem, the government-funded Bachir Mentouri clinic decided to expand its services to include a rehabilitation program for internet users, specifically those addicted to social media. Psychologists at the internet addiction clinic have already been able to see more than hundreds of people since it began its services this past May.
Many of these patients suffer from symptoms such as severe anxiety and headaches. Alongside mental health problems, their physical health declines. They neglect their bodies, forgetting to eat or even use the restroom. In response, some of the unconventional treatments that have been prescribed include meditation, music therapy and physical therapy.
To fight this problem, the clinic is also spearheading a public education campaign to promote dialogue and raise awareness. Internet addiction and its harmful effects are real problems that must be addressed.
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