Check out this article by Kristina Fiore and published on MedPageToday.com, October 5, 2009:  ADHD, Hostility Increase Risk of Internet Addiction

The study was supported by grants from the National Science Council of Taiwan and reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner

Action points [in the study]:

  • Explain that adolescents with ADHD had a 72% increased risk of Internet addiction, while the most hostile youths had a 67% increased risk.
  • Note that there are no confirmed diagnostic criteria for Internet addiction, but symptoms include preoccupation with the Internet, uncontrolled impulses to be online, spending excessive time online, withdrawl symptoms, impaired control, and impaired ability to make decisions.

The ACO is not endorsing the study. But we do pass on the information in case some finding in it might be useful in your work with people who may have this problem.