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Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health is an Open Access journal, which publishes Research articles, Reviews/Mini-reviews, and Letters in all areas of clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health covering the following topics:

Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health and mental health-related conditions; diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral health conditions; frequencies and determinants of mental health conditions in the community and the populations at risk; research and economic aspects of psychiatry, with particular attention given to manuscripts presenting new results and methods in the area; the interface between mental health conditions and other diseases; clinical, epidemiologic investigation of pharmaceutical agents; social inclusion; use of new technologies for assistance and rehabilitation; RCT on rehabilitation and comprehensive approaches; pair support; recovery; fight against stigma; overcoming the psychiatric hospital and development of community psychiatry, and human rights in mental health are topics of interest to the journal.

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Managing Problematic Usage of the Internet and Related Disorders in an Era of Diagnostic Transition: An Updated Review

Bernardo Dell’Osso, Ilaria Di Bernardo, Matteo Vismara, Eleonora Piccoli, Federica Giorgetti, Laura Molteni, Naomi A. Fineberg, Calogero Virzì, Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Roberto Truzoli, Caterina Viganò


Problematic Usage of the Internet (PUI) refers to a broad and likely heterogeneous group of Internet-related conditions associated with behavioural disturbances and functional impairment.


Within PUI several conditions have been reported, including Gaming Disorder, Shopping Addiction, Cyberchondria, Gambling Disorder, Cyberpornography Addiction and Cyberbullying. While increasing reports in the field try to define the epidemiologic and clinical boundaries of these conditions, the rapid and continuous evolution of Internet related behaviours as well as their problematic/pathological expressions are often difficult to diagnose, assess, approach with treatment interventions and follow-up.


In addition, some of the PUI-related conditions show characteristics of addiction to the Internet as a preferential tool to engage in specific behaviours, while some others exclusively manifest on the Internet, making it necessary to find distinct assessment and treatment pathways.


The inclusion of Internet Gaming Disorder in Section III by the DSM-5 and the recognition of Gaming Disorder by the ICD-11 opened the way for a systematic clinical investigation of this and other PUI-related conditions, particularly in terms of preventive and therapeutic strategies. The present article is aimed at offering an updated clinical overview on the main expressions of PUI, focussing on the latest acquisitions in this evolving field.

July 14, 2021

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