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Mental Health Studies | ‘Problematic internet use’ higher in people with ADHD

Problematic internet usage (PIU) was found to be higher in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to findings presented in a poster at the 2023 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in San Francisco, California. 

“In this outpatient clinical sample, problematic internet use was higher in those with ADHD than those without,” authors noted in the abstract. “Predictors of PIU included younger age, greater symptom severity of depression, OCD, and impulsivity.”

Patients of an outpatient psychiatric clinic aged 18 and older were interviewed using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) to assess for current psychiatric disorders. Participants then completed an online survey detailing their internet use, impulsivity and executive function, and symptoms of ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and depression.

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