Mobile addiction is a disorder now

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jan 2018 11:05:40


Q.I am 37 years old male working in an IT firm. After spending eight hours in the office, I head back home everyday. I was doing fine but now I have started realising that my life is not going anywhere. I just feel stuck on one place. I feel like I am following same schedule in my life and nothing excites me anymore. I feel bored and lonely and frustrated. I feel like giving up everything. Please help me what should I do now?

Ans. This seems like a mid-life crisis where monotony and boredom sets in as the routine goes through several years and the job loses its challenge. People do need some new goals and slightly challenging tasks to keep the interest going otherwise people can doze off on auto-pilot so to say! You need to introspect within or sit with a trusted spouse or friend and discuss your professional goals for the present and in the long term. Change your job if necessary or innovate in the same job if possible. Aim for a promotion or an additional duty if possible. You may have to find ways and means of making life interesting. The mood disturbance may spring from your personal life too and you may have signs and symptoms of mild depression. A session of counselling may help identify the exact nature of your malaise. AK

Q. I am 22 years old female. I feel mentally very unstable. I am happy person in general but I think a lot. I keep on having many ideas in my mind which I know won’t work for me. Right now my parents want me to complete the degree and then figure out what I want to do in my life but again I feel to drop the studies because I cannot concentrate. I just want my mind to be calm. Please help me.

Ans. You might be having a problem of hyperactivity and attention as well. However, too much thinking occurs due to several reasons and you say you are an adult of 22 years of age. You might have completed your graduation and might be pushed by parents to pursue post graduation which you may be reluctant to do. That might be upsetting your mental equilibrium. We need to have more details of your situation and your mental status to come to a sensible diagnosis. This is not a very serious situation and we can help you find a simple solution. We can help calm your mind and train you with techniques to calm the mind and control it too. Anuj

Q. I am 17 years old guy and I am very addicted to cell phone. Even my parent’s gets very irritated if I use mobile in front of them all the time. The longest I stayed without using my phone was only five hours. I am trying to work on this habit but I think I should see a counsellor for professional help about how can it more damage my brain. Please help me.

Ans. Yes, you could come for counselling and a few sessions will do good to you. Technology addiction has been declared as a ‘mental disorder’ now officially. Too many people are getting affected by it and it is disturbing social life as well as your studies I am sure. Your parents are already unhappy with you as they realise what you have got into. it makes you disconnected with the real world as you tune in to the virtual most of the time. I am glad you are realising it and accepting the fact that you need help. This is the first good sign to recovery!











 By RITA AGGARWAL (Consulting Psychologist) Mobile addiction is a disorder now The columnist can be reached at B/301, Shat -Tarka Aptts, Surendra Nagar, R.P.T.S Road, Nagpur, or on 7719975840, 2220250 and 2223322. She can also be reached at [email protected] and can be visited at