Nowadays, almost everyone owns a cell phone. Whether you use it primarily for personal or work use, most people will admit to owning a cellular device and using it often. However, more individuals are beginning to suffer from Nomophobia. The fear of losing your cell phone has become a diagnosable phobia that many psychiatrists are now treating. Dr Waterman, our primary therapist, discussed the disorder with Headline News recently.
What is Nomophobia?
During the television spot, Dr Waterman discusses that the disorder relates to the fear of losing the connection a cell phone provides. She says if you are checking your phone a significant amount and it’s becoming to interfere with your social relationships, you may have an addiction. She also explains how the term came about after a 2008 study in the UK found how many individuals had a fear of losing their phones. In fact, the highest rates of the disorder were found in individuals from ages 18 to 24.
Signs and Treatment of Nomophobia
Dr Waterman goes on to say the common signs of Nomophobia include:
- Fear and anxiety at the thought of losing a phone
- Constant checking for updates like texts or calls
- Consistent checking of the battery life
The best way to treat the disorder is to participate in exposure with response prevention. This takes place when therapists take the phone from their clients to help prevent the negative responses. Dr Waterman also suggests that individuals limit the amount of time they spend on their phone to prevent the disorder. She suggests having a set time to spend off your cell phone and avoid using your phone in areas like the bathroom, church, a date, or at family dinners.
Help from Dr Waterman at Morningside Recovery
If you believe you’re suffering from Nomophobia, reach out to Morningside Recovery. Learn about our mental health rehab and addiction therapy services by calling today at 855-631-2135. Learn how Dr Waterman and the rest of the Morningside Recovery staff can help you regain control of your life.