Algeria opens country’s first internet addiction clinic

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Particularly focused on helping those addicted to using social networks, the Constantine, Algeria-based Bachir Mentouri clinic is fully government funded. Since opening in May 2016, psychologists have already seen more than a hundred people, ranging in age from 15 to 40. The worst addictions manifest themselves in near-constant use of the internet, with few to no breaks for food or the bathroom. Peoples’ health necessarily suffers, with physical symptoms of the addiction including back pain, headaches and aggressiveness and anxiety when prevented from going online. The clinic is also working on a public education campaign, believing that a national debate…

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