Mobile Phone Abuse & Gadget Abuse

Smartphones are an inevitable device in our day-to-day life now. But problematic usage of smartphones, computers, and tablets can be highly addictive. It can cause pathological symptoms like compulsive usage and can interfere with work, school, and social relationships. Online Gaming and gambling, porn abuse, video abuse, and online purchases are the most common noted compulsive behavior patterns. The excess usage of smartphones can cause alterations in the nerve wiring of the brain and such alterations can cause attention deficit, memory processing speed, and other cognitive impairments.

If one spends long hours onscreen which yields adverse effects on the visual system also. Mental health professionals strongly believe that there is a strong relationship between the compulsive usage of cell phones and psychological problems. Mobile phone abuse activates the reward system of our brain which is the same as the reward system while the person is on substances: you get an instant high every time we use it. Dopamine is released whenever you use your smartphone. Dopamine reinforces the behavior, which eventually creates abuse. The over usage of smartphones leads to behavioral problems such as developing depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Lack of social skills which show some similarities to that of substance addicts, can cause the failure to release melatonin, lack of sleep, insomnia, difficulty in distinguishing needs versus wants, irritability and uncontrollable limb movements, poor work/academic performance, lack of concentration, isolation from relatives and friends, FOMA- Anxiety or insecurity over the possibility of fear of missing out. It’s a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing online, and so on. Detoxification (Detox) Therapy is the best way to get back the lost personality traits. We help the client to evaluate his past personality strength and the negative consequences of the Smartphone over-usage. Through counselling, we can educate the addict about Smartphone dependency and its possible negative consequences in behavior and their life. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy are possible treatments to change the pattern of the usage of the cell phone. Usually, with a few therapeutic counselling sessions, the client will be able to get back his lost personality strengths and help the client to handle the mobile phone healthily. We instruct them to appear for a follow-up session.

Pre-Book Your Counselling Session
The client should book your counselling session in advance. You will be informed of a convenient time and the client needs to appear at that time. For a productive session, make sure the environment is quiet.

Duration of the Session
The session lasts normally between 1.30 hours and 2 hours but can vary according to the needs of the client.

Our Psychologist
Mrs. Thressia N John is well expertise at handling all sorts of psychological issues among every age group. With a caring and compassionate attitude, she helps her patients and helps them feel relaxed at the clinic. She has experience in dealing with psychological disorders such as mobile phone abuse, phobias, sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety disorder, relationship issues, anti-social behavior, and family counselling.

Looking for mobile phone abuse counselling in Kollam? Schedule your consultation with our experienced Psychologist.