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Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo)

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LEMOS, Igor Lins; ABREU, Cristiano Nabuco de  e  SOUGEY, Everton Botelho. Internet and video game addictions: a cognitive behavioral approach. Rev. psiquiatr. clín. [online]. 2014, vol.41, n.3, pp.82-88. ISSN 0101-6083.


While several benefits are attributed to the Internet and video games, an important proportion of the population presents symptoms related to possible new technological addictions and there has been little discussion of treatment of problematic technology use. Although demand for knowledge is growing, only a small number of treatments have been described.


To conduct a systematic review of the literature, to establish Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a possible strategy for treating Internet and video game addictions.


The review was conducted in the following databases: Science Direct on Line, PubMed, PsycINFO, Cochrane Clinical Trials Library, BVS and SciELO. The keywords used were: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; therapy; treatment; with association to the terms Internet addiction and video game addiction. Given the scarcity of studies in the field, no restrictions to the minimum period of publication were made, so that articles found until October 2013 were accounted.


Out of 72 articles found, 23 described CBT as a psychotherapy for Internet and video game addiction. The manuscripts showed the existence of case studies and protocols with satisfactory efficacy.


Despite the novelty of technological dependencies, CBT seems to be applicable and allows an effective treatment for this population.

Palavras-chave : Cognitive behavioral therapy; treatment; Internet gaming disorder; Internet addiction; video game addiction.

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