A Case of Withdrawal Psychosis from Internet Addiction Disorder

Title
A Case of Withdrawal Psychosis from Internet Addiction Disorder
Author
김대호
Keywords
Internet addiction; Psychotic symptoms; Withdrawal; Behavior addiction
Issue Date
2014-04
Publisher
KOREAN NEUROPSYCHIATRIC ASSOC
Citation
PSYCHIATRY INVESTIGATION; APR 2014, 11, 2, p207-p209,
Abstract
Similar to substance use disorder, patients with Internet addiction disorder (IAD) show excessive use, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. We report a case of a patient with withdrawal psychosis who showed persecutory delusion and disorganized behaviors in addition to common withdrawal symptoms such as agitation and irritability. A 25-year-old male developed a full-blown psychotic episode within one day after discontinuing an Internet game that he had been playing for at least eight hours a day for two years. Upon admission, he had no abnormal brain imaging findings and laboratory tests. With antipsychotic medication (quetiapine up to 800 mg), his psychotic symptoms rapidly subsided and after four days of treatment, he no longer showed any signs of psychosis. This case report suggests that brief psychosis can develop during withdrawal from long-term excessive use of an Internet and the central pathology beneath the TAD is more likely a form of addiction than impulse control.
URI
https://www.kci.go.kr/kciportal/ci/sereArticleSearch/ciSereArtiView.kci?sereArticleSearchBean.artiId=ART001997476http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/51654
ISSN
1738-3684
DOI
10.4306/pi.2014.11.2.207
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COLLEGE OF MEDICINE[S](의과대학) > ETC
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