Researchers from Tel Aviv University have linked psychotic episodes in patients to internet addiction and delusions caused by virtual relationships cultivated on social networking sites.
Although all the participants had underlying problems of loneliness, none had any history of psychosis or drug abuse, the team say.
Lead researcher Doctor Uri Nitzan of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Shalvata Mental Health Care Centre said: ‘As internet access becomes increasingly widespread, so do related psychopathologies.
‘Computer communications such as Facebook and chat groups are an important part of this story.’
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