Nomophobia is a relatively new disorder that’s receiving a lot of attention. Both in the medical world as well as in the media, many want to learn about this phone disorder. However, some might question if the disorder is necessary and if it requires medical intervention. Our own Morningside therapist Dr. Elizabeth Waterman has been providing her knowledge of the subject to numerous news outlets. She wishes to help the public gain a better understanding of the disorder, how to prevent it, and how to find treatment.
What is Nomophobia?
Our Morningside therapist explains that Nomophobia is the irrational fear of losing or being without your cell phone. Dr. Waterman says that because we’re so used to news and connection being readily available, many forget how to be without their phones. Most of us would agree that we don’t want to lose our phones, if anything because we don’t want to pay for a replacement. But this disorder goes beyond that simple aggravation. Those who suffer from intense fear, anxiety, or stress are struggling with Nomophobia.
Do I Need Help from a Morningside Therapist?
It can be difficult to determine if an individual is suffering from a phobia. For some, the fear stems instead from an addiction to their cell phone. For others, an already present mental disorder like anxiety or OCD could be creating a problem with their phones. An individual might be suffering from the disorder if they are unable to go periods of time without looking at their phone without a negative response. Constant checking for activity that interferes with their relationships, work, or schooling can also be an indication.
Finding Help at Morningside Recovery
If you need help with addiction or mental health, a Morningside therapist is ready for you. We provide numerous mental health services along with dual diagnosis services. Let us teach you healthy coping skills to regain control of your life. for help, reach out at 855-631-2135 to learn about available programs and services for your needs.