The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has been the standard handbook for mental health professionals for over 50 years. A release of the approved fifth edition, the DSM-V, is expected in 2012. In a recent editorial, Jerald J. Block, M.D., discusses the possibility that “Internet Addiction” may be appearing in the new manual. I’ve reprinted the short article below.
I just finished listening to a podcast from one of our ministry partners, Steve Webb. One of his latest Lifespring podcasts, “The Perfect Sin: Internet Pornography,” offers a number of thoughts for the porn addict. If you struggle with this problem, you may want to give this a listen.
Personal and professional reflections on Covenant Eyes, the widely used Internet accountability software tool Covenant Eyes is an accountability software service which monitors activity on your computer. It compiles this activity into an accountability report and sends it to people of your choosing. The websites you have visited are sorted and rated in terms of the likelihood that they contain questionable content. The Covenant Eyes service is offered through their website and it typically costs eight dollars per month for an individual user. In addition, Covenant Eyes recently added the option for an Internet filtering component.
I just finished reading an email from Pastor Jim R. Glynn, the president of Heart of God Ministries.* As a long time user of Covenant Eyes accountability software, he wanted to express his thanks for how it has helped him: