Internet Addiction Specialist

Nugent Family Counseling

Mental health counseling located in San Jose, Santa Clara, CA & Reno, NV

Internet addiction is common, and can negatively impact relationships, work, and your overall quality of life. At Nugent Family Counseling Center with locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, & Aliso Viejo, California and Reno, Nevada, psychiatrists offer treatments to break internet addiction and improve your mental health and well-being. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to learn more.

Internet Addiction Q & A

What is internet addiction?

Internet addiction is a loss of self-control when thinking about or being on the internet. Some common types of internet addiction include:

  • Cybersex addiction
  • Online relationship addiction
  • Video gaming
  • Social media addiction
  • Compulsive online shopping
  • Online gambling or stock trading
  • Compulsive information seeking

It’s sometimes difficult to determine when being online is simply a hobby, and when it becomes an addiction. If the internet takes over your everyday life and causes problems with relationships, school, work, or the law, seeking treatment can help you break unhealthy habits and achieve a better quality of life.

What are the symptoms of internet addiction?

Internet addiction might result from being depressed, anxious, having underlying mental health disorders, genetics, or environmental factors. Signs and symptoms of the condition include:

  • Constant anxiety about what’s happening online
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Loss of control
  • Withdrawal symptoms when you’re offline
  • Relationship problems
  • Problems with work or school
  • Depression
  • Playing online games or gambling for hours
  • Checking social media compulsively

Like any addiction, with internet addiction, you’re unable to stop or cut back on online activities despite wanting to. Seeking treatment is one of the best ways to break internet compulsions.

How is internet addiction diagnosed?

To determine if you have an internet addiction, the Nugent Family Counseling Center mental health team reviews your medical history, asks you about symptoms and lifestyle habits, and gathers additional information about how being online affects your life. 

They complete a physical exam and comprehensive mental health evaluation to determine if you have an internet addiction, another mental health disorder like depression and anxiety, or more than one issue to develop a personalized treatment plan. 

How is internet addiction treated?

The Nugent Family Counseling Center team offers numerous treatments to help you break internet addiction, social media addiction, or video game addiction. They might recommend:


Many brain problems result from irregular brain waves. Neurofeedback uses computer-based technology to balance energy in your brain by shifting the way it distributes electrical impulses. Each procedure lasts about 30 minutes and is pain-free and noninvasive.


Taking certain medications helps you break internet addiction or improve other mental health problems. Your mental health provider lets you know if medications are right for you.


The Nugent Family Counseling Center team offers individual, family, marriage and couples, child, and teen counseling to help you or members of your family break internet addictions and achieve a better quality of life. 


Aromatherapy is a noninvasive, natural treatment that can improve your mood, relax you, relieve chronic pain, reduce other unpleasant symptoms, and restore your overall quality of life.

Don’t let internet addiction ruin relationships or negatively affect your career. Schedule an appointment with Nugent  Family Counseling by phone or online today.