YouTube Rehab: Calling an Addiction an Addiction
Mention YouTube rehab, and you're likely to be met with eye rolling and chuckles. After all, who hasn't stayed up late at night on at least one occasion watching cute kittens, silly monkeys, or the latest political satire? But can someone really be in need of YouTube Rehab?
The short answer is yes. Whether you live in Valatie NY or any other place with a broadband connection, YouTube addiction is a possibility. Like many addictions, it may begin innocently enough, say by clicking on links posted by friends on Facebook. But that may eventually lead to a pattern of behavior that interferes with "real life."
Unfortunately, YouTube addiction can be difficult to spot. After all, what's the harm in watching a few videos? For some - especially teenagers - a few videos turns into an obsession. A teenager may watch videos of others playing video games for hours on end. Another may decide that watching isn't enough, and begin his or her own YouTube channel and dedicate virtually every waking moment to making YouTube videos. The next thing you know, schoolwork becomes an afterthought, grades drop, and the teen stops engaging with family and friends.
If you live in Valatie NY, it may be hard to find a place that offers YouTube rehab. One reason is because the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the "bible" of psychology) doesn't recognize YouTube addiction as a disorder. However, even without an official designation, there is growing recognition that YouTube addiction - and video game addiction for that matter - is real.
So, while you may not be able to find a center in [statetitle] dedicated to YouTube rehab, an increasing number of rehab centers and psychology professionals will treat YouTube addiction. The approaches they use are similar to those of other types of addictions, namely abstinence, individual and group counseling, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
If you or a loved one is in need of YouTube rehab, don't despair. Help is available.... You just may have to look for it.