Is Netflix Addiction a Real Disorder? India’s National Institute of Mental Health Treats First Patient

Clinical psychologist Manoj Kumar Sharma says the patient used Netflix to escape the pressures of being unemployed.

India’s National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences is making headlines after opening its doors to a patient who suffers from “Netflix addiction.” According to The Hindu (via USA Today), an unidentified man checked into the facility located in Bangalore after streaming approximately seven hours of Netflix content a day.

Manoj Kumar Sharma, a clinical psychologist at the institute’s Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT), told The Hindu the man used Netflix as an escape from family pressures and to help him cope with being unemployed for six months. The report says the man derived “immense pleasure” from streaming content on Netflix, but so much streaming resulted in eye strain, fatigue, and disturbed sleep.

A report from New Delhi’s The Print says treatment for Netflix addiction includes five-minute breathing exercises every hour to relieve stress. While the World Health Organization has classified video game addiction as a mental health disorder, it has not yet done the same for Netflix addiction. Sharma told The Print that Netflix-related addiction is most common in grownups who use the streaming platform to alleviate stress.

“While addiction among the younger generation, aged between eight and 14 years, continues to be centered on gaming, apps such as Netflix are more for the adults, who find emotional gratification (in streaming content) as they are under constant stress,” Sharma said.

CNBC reported last year the average Netflix subscriber streams 50 minutes of content a day.

President Trump Blames Mental Health for Florida School Shooting – Guns Not Mentioned

Donald Trump vows to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” in wake of Florida high school shooting https://t.co/CPenrV5wrt pic.twitter.com/MFJ1Jz6uiX

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 15, 2018

President Donald Trump offered some solemn remarks Thursday addressing the mass shooting at a Florida high school which left at least 17 dead. Trump laid the blame on the mental health of the shooter and declined to mention the issues of gun violence or gun control.

“We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health,” said Trump. “Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority.”

It was a theme Trump first articulated on Thursday morning in a tweet, which he also seemed to place blame for the shooting on the shooter’s classmates and acquaintances for not reporting him earlier.

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“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” said Trump. “Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018

On Wednesday afternoon, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly walked into his former Florida high school in Parkland, Florida and gunned down multiple people, killing at least 17, with an AR-15. The tragedy mirrors many similar instances that have rocked the United States in recent years.

Some media companies, like NPR, also pounced, noting that one of President Trump’s only gun-related decisions had been to undo an executive order from President Obama making it harder for the mentally ill to purchase weapons. The Obama-era rule was quietly revoked last year in a signing ceremony that was closed to the media.

In Trump’s address to the nation on the Florida mass shooting, he vowed to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health. Last year, he signed a bill that makes it easier for people who are mentally ill to purchase guns.

– NPR (@NPR) February 15, 2018

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President Donald Trump offered some solemn remarks Thursday addressing the mass shooting at a Florida high school which left at least 17 dead. Trump laid the blame on the mental health of the shooter and declined to mention the issues of gun violence or gun control.

“We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health,” said Trump. “Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority.”

It was a theme Trump first articulated on Thursday morning in a tweet, which he also seemed to place blame for the shooting on the shooter’s classmates and acquaintances for not reporting him earlier.

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” said Trump. “Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

On Wednesday afternoon, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly walked into his former Florida high school in Parkland, Florida and gunned down multiple people, killing at least 17, with an AR-15. The tragedy mirrors many similar instances that have rocked the United States in recent years.

Some media companies, like NPR, also pounced, noting that one of President Trump’s only gun-related decisions had been to undo an executive order from President Obama making it harder for the mentally ill to purchase weapons. The Obama-era rule was quietly revoked last year in a signing ceremony that was closed to the media.

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Vox Editor Calls for Mental Evaluation of President Trump ‘By Force If Necessary’

Vox Science and Health Editor Eliza Barclay on Saturday floated the idea that President Donald Trump should undergo a medical evaluation of his mental capacity “by force if necessary.”

“There is a growing call from a group of psychiatrists — the best medical experts at interpreting aberrant human behavior — for exactly this: an emergency evaluation of the president’s mental capacity, by force if necessary,” she wrote

A Vox spokesperson did not immediately respond to request for clarification about what this “force” might look like.

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Features Editor James Taranto tweeted that it smelled like an open call for a coup d’état.

“By force”? Vox is calling for a coup d’état. pic.twitter.com/1YSoN60OGW

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) January 6, 2018

The broader piece by Barclay focused on one psychiatrist, Bandy Lee, an assistant professor in forensic psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

Last October, Lee published a whole book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” which called the president’s mental fitness into question.

Lee, who has taken heat from other psychiatric professionals for speculating about Trump’s mental health without having done her own examination, offered Barclay a bit of explanation about what “forcing” Trump into an evaluation might look like.

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“Those who most require an evaluation are the least likely to submit to one,” she said in the piece. “That is the reason why in all 50 states we have not only the legal authority, but often the legal obligation, to contain someone even against their will when it’s an emergency.”

“This is what we have been calling for with the president based on basic medical standards of care,” she added, saying that she and like-minded psychiatrists have so far refrained from taking any active legal steps to avoid the appearance of “a coup” or fomenting an “insurrection.”

Talk of the president’s mental health — always a prominent topic among anti-Trump liberals — received a boost of new currency with the publication of Michael Wolff’s explosive new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Despite its numerous factual errors, Wolff’s book quotes multiple White House officials questioning Trump’s mental fitness.

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Vox Science and Health Editor Eliza Barclay on Saturday floated the idea that President Donald Trump should undergo a medical evaluation of his mental capacity “by force if necessary.”

“There is a growing call from a group of psychiatrists — the best medical experts at interpreting aberrant human behavior — for exactly this: an emergency evaluation of the president’s mental capacity, by force if necessary,” she wrote

A Vox spokesperson did not immediately respond to request for clarification about what this “force” might look like.

Wall Street Journal Editorial Features Editor James Taranto tweeted that it smelled like an open call for a coup d’état.

The broader piece by Barclay focused on one psychiatrist, Bandy Lee, an assistant professor in forensic psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

Last October, Lee published a whole book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” which called the president’s mental fitness into question.

Lee, who has taken heat from other psychiatric professionals for speculating about Trump’s mental health without having done her own examination, offered Barclay a bit of explanation about what “forcing” Trump into an evaluation might look like.

“Those who most require an evaluation are the least likely to submit to one,” she said in the piece. “That is the reason why in all 50 states we have not only the legal authority, but often the legal obligation, to contain someone even against their will when it’s an emergency.”

“This is what we have been calling for with the president based on basic medical standards of care,” she added, saying that she and like-minded psychiatrists have so far refrained from taking any active legal steps to avoid the appearance of “a coup” or fomenting an “insurrection.”

Talk of the president’s mental health — always a prominent topic among anti-Trump liberals — received a boost of new currency with the publication of Michael Wolff’s explosive new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Despite its numerous factual errors, Wolff’s book quotes multiple White House officials questioning Trump’s mental fitness.

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