Researchers believe internet addiction,depression,self harm are linked. The internet has been thought of as a good source of brain activity for those who are depressed and it can be but a study is debating this. While the internet can provide entertainment and brain activity, self harm addiction combined with depression may not work well with long internet hours say researchers.
Depression is complex
Depression is very complex and each person has a unique reaction when they are depressed. Self harming is when a person purposely harms themselves usually with a blade or knife, the act may not be an attempt at suicide but it does reveal a deep underlying emotional problem. The numbers of people self harming have increased over 200% over the last 10 years according to the center for mental health. This figures may be low as many are not open to admitting self harming.
Lawrence Lam, an epidemiologist at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Australia, and his colleague Zi-Wen Peng at SunYat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China Studied heavy internet users and they did find a correlation between internet time and depression.
"The results indicate that people who use the Internet pathologically are most at risk of mental problems and would develop depression when they continue with that behavior."
On this site we have worked with depressed cutter for over 4 years and we can say that the study conclusion may be in error, we have found that what people are searching for is more important than how long they are searching(surfing). For example our research shows that certain music and pornography can increase depression but video game sites do not seem to increase depression. In addition, news sites seem to relieve depression for some reason in many people. From our research internet addiction and self harm(depression) do not correlate.
The typical treatment for self harm is medication, depending on the person different forms of medication can be utilized. Medications can be good and they can save lives but it is important not to stop at medication, there must come an inner healing. The inside out technique from the Red Report detailed how a cutter can address the issue and reverse the problem private. Self harm addiction is not normal and indicates a emotional stress.
See here Stopping Self Harm in 10 countries