Psychiatric clinic for cyber addicts at AIIMS
The country’s premier medical institute, AIIMS, has started a special psychiatric OPD for people who are hooked to social media, online games or the internet in general. This, doctors say, had to be done in view of the increasing number of such addicts, mostly school and college students, who were gradually slipping into serious psychiatric issues due to the habit. According to Dr Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, a psychiatrist leading the AIIMS’s Behavioural Addiction Clinic, depression, anxiety and substance abuse were common in patients addicted to the internet. “They are counselled, their access to the internet is controlled and in rare circumstances, admission is required for their wellbeing,” Balhara was reported as saying. At present, this clinic is open for patients on Saturday, from 9 am to 2 pm. Doctors said that the duration may be increased later depending on footfall.