The Internet is a widely accessible interactive medium. Statistics show significant growing Internet usage in the United States (US) from 2005 to 2018. In the most recently reported year, over 300 million internet users accessed the web from the US, and worldwide 3.17 billion. Undoubtedly the Internet has become an essential educational, recreational and communication tool; however, its excessive use may lead to negative impacts on individual psychological well-being, family relationships, emotional stability, and daily life functions. This phenomenon is defined as Internet Addiction (IA) or Problematic Internet Use and is considered to be a type of behavioral addiction. IA is an emergent disorder which poses a serious clinical threat. Surveys in the US and Europe have suggested the prevalence rate of IA between 1.5%- 8.2%; some have suggested that 1 in 8 Americans suffer from IA. The figures are even higher in countries like in Korea and Taiwan, where the prevalence of IA has been reported to be greater than 31%. The principal objective of this paper is to explore the association of Cyber Disorders, e.g. Internet Addiction and psychiatric co-morbidities like mood disorders, substance abuse, ADHD, anxiety, social phobia, exemplified by this case report of bipolar disorder. Keywords: Behavioral addiction, bipolar disorder, cyber mania, internet addiction, pathological internet use
Corresponding Author: Santos M.