Project Description

Nurturing Young Minds

Edited by Dr Ramesh Manocha & Gyongyi Horvath
To read the full chapter go to Volume 2, chapter 7, pp. 102-118.


Dr Philip Tam

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Sydney, Australia.

Dr Philip Tam is a Sydney-based child psychiatrist, lecturer and researcher with a longstanding interest in the complex domain of internet and video-gaming related disorders. Trained in Cambridge and London Universities, in 2011 he co-founded the Network for Internet Investigation and Research in Australia, to provide practical information and assistance to families struggling with problem internet use. He sits on the DSM-5 group’s International Working Group investigating ‘Internet Gaming Disorder’.


This chapter will describe practical, useful ways for a concerned family member or parent of a child with suspected internet-related problems to begin to assess the situation. It will also be of assistance to a non-specialist clinician or youth-health worker in the appraisal and formulation of a case of Problematic Internet Use (PIU) in a teenager or a child.

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There are currently no podcasts available. This page will be updated once new podcasts have been created.

The Healthy Digital Diet podcast: accessible for free through iTunes Network for Internet Investigation and Research in Australia:

Optimising the Healthy Digital Diet: A guide for parents and families

Professor Kimberly Young’s website:

American Psychological Association, 2013, ‘Conditions for further Study: Internet Gaming Disorder’, in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th edition), Washington, VA, pp 795–798.

Beard KW, 2005, ‘Internet addiction: A review of current assessment techniques and potential assessment questions’, Cyberpsycholog y and Behaviour 8, pp 7–14.

Berle D & Starcevic V, 2015, ‘Are some video games associated with more life interference and psychopathology than others? Comparing massively multiplayer online role-playing games with other forms of video game’, Australian Journal of Biolog y 67, pp 105–114.

Grusser SM, Thalemann R & Griffiths MD, 2007, ‘Excessive computer game playing: evidence for addiction and aggression?’ Cyberpsycholog y and Behaviour 10(2), pp 290–292.

Han DH, Kim SM, Bae SJ, Renshaw P & Anderson J, 2015, ‘Brain connectivity and psychiatric co-morbidity with internet gaming disorder’, Addiction Biolog y,
doi: 10.1111/adb.12347.

Hysing M, Pallesen S, Stormark KM, Jakobsen R, Lundervold AJ & Sivertsen B, 2015, ‘Sleep and use of electronic devices in adolescence: results from a large  populationbased study’, BMJ Open 2, 2:5(1).

Manocha, R (Ed), 2017, Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds: Generation Next, Hachette Australia, Sydney.

Petry N, Rehbein F, Gentile DA, Lemmens JS, Rumpf H-J, Mossle T, Bischof G, Tao R, Fung DSS, Borges G, Auriacombe M, Gonzales Ibanez A, Tam P & O’Brien C, 2013, ‘International Consensus Guidelines for assessing Internet Gaming Disorder using the new DSM-V approach’, Addiction 109(9), pp 1399–1406.

Tam P & Walter G, 2013, ‘Problematic Internet Use in Childhood and Youth: Evolution of a 21st Century Affliction’, Australasian Psychiatry 21, pp 533–536.

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