Internet Addiction Behavior and Depression: Causes, Factors, and Prevention Guidelines


  • Pakawan Nantasen Nantasen Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education, Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ujsara Prasertsin Educational and Psychological Test Bureau, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand


Internet addiction, depression, cause factor, prevention


Internet addictive behavior is associated with biological factor, and psychological factor, and social factors. People who suffer from internet addictive behavior will have inappropriate and above all, negative views about themselves. This can develop into the individual having a very low view of themselves which consequently will lower their self- esteem. Physical disorders, emotional problems, lack of concentration and behavioral problems will undoubtedly ensue. Apart from these ailments it also affects both directly and indirectly depression levels, anxiety, and stress. These problems also have a direct effect on Internet addictive users, their families, and the social circles in which they live. Searching for preventive measures for Internet addiction may possibly help or prevent these above-mentioned effects. The guidelines for the prevention of Internet addictive behavior that have effects on depression include (1) Pharmacological treatments (2) Non-pharmacological treatments
(cognitive behavioral therapy; CBT), Motivational Interviewing; MI, group counseling and (3) Multimodal psychotherapy. There are several factors that have been proposed as both contributing to and causing Internet addictive behavior, such as excessive internet use, parenting problems, societal problems, and the environment. Therefore, the initial step in the plan for treating Internet addictive behavior should be client evaluation, which includes an overall understanding of them in their entirety. Treatment plans can also be utilized to help individuals and be effective for clients.
plans can also be utilized to help individuals and be effective for clients.


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Nantasen PN, Prasertsin U. Internet Addiction Behavior and Depression: Causes, Factors, and Prevention Guidelines . JHNR [Internet]. 2020 Nov. 28 [cited 2022 Dec. 4];36(3):293-304. Available from: