(Dr) is a senior physician at the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of the LWL-University Hospital of the Ruhr-University Bochum. Among other things, he heads the media outpatient clinic there, which has been in existence since 2012. There, the clinic offers clinical diagnostics, outpatient and, if necessary, inpatient treatment for people with online computer game dependency and cybersex addiction. In addition, the clinic operates an online ambulance service for webcam-based online counselling and motivation of Internet addicts (OASIS).
Escape into Virtual Worlds
The increasing occurrence of internet-related addictions must not be addressed in medicine alone but should be discussed broadly in society and politics – and in the educational sector. The text is an essay written for issue 3/2018 on Adult Education and Media Literacy.