New Research Press Briefing: Internet Addiction: Review of Neuroimaging Studies

New York, NY – In the United States, 93% of adolescents and adults between the ages of 12 and 29 years of age utilize the internet. The concept of Internet addiction as a disorder was initially proposed by Ivan Goldberg, in 1995, and while it was not included in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the issue has been under heated debate for several years. New research by Sree Latha Krishna Jadapalle, MD, seeks to explore the effects of Internet overuse on brain structure and function through the review of journal articles pertaining to various neuroimaging studies.

One of the major difficulties in studying the research surrounding the condition is the lack of a cohesive conceptualization. The description of a proposed Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), also called problematic or pathological Internet use, is based on the criteria for substance dependence or pathological gambling. IAD is characterized by an individual’s lack of control over his or her use of the Internet, resulting in marked distress, preoccupation, mood changes, tolerance, withdrawal, and functional impairments of social, occupational, and academic performance.

While IAD is not established as a mental disorder, the estimated prevalence of Internet overuse among US adolescents is as high as 26.3% and, despite increasing prevalence of suspected Internet addiction, the basic epidemiology and the pathophysiology of the disorder remain unclear. Dr. Jadapalle’s work seeks to analyze the few neuroimaging studies that have been performed to investigate the structural and functional changes in the brain affecting the emotional processing, executive attention, decision making, and cognitive control among heavy Internet users.

Dr. Jadapalle is a graduate of Kurnool Medical College in India, and is currently a second year psychiatry resident at MoreHouse School Of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Dr. Jadapalle has published in eight peer-reviewed journal publications and presented 15 posters at various national psychiatric conferences. Her research Interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders and Addiction in Adolescents, and she plans to specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Jadapalle will present her research at the 2014 APA New Research Press Briefing on May 4th from 11:00 a.m. till noon EDT time at the Javits Convention Center room 2D10. The briefing will also be steamed live via interactive webinar at

Dr. Jadapalle’s research poster will be presented on Tuesday, May 6th from 10:00am-11:30am in the Javits exhibit hall at the APA Annual Meeting in New York.

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