Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about screen addiction / smart phone addiction

In this video Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about screen addiction. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is a renowned addiction psychiatrist and project director of Willing Ways Pakistan.

Smartphone addiction/Screen addiction is a recognized addiction now a day. It all started earlier with television which was supposed to be placed at some feasible distance, then came the desktop that reduced the distance and then came laptop bringing the screen more closely into your lap, much more easily accessible. This all doesn’t end here and came the smart phone just in your hands much more close to you. Dr. Sadaqat indicates that Smartphone addiction has taken the shape of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which means using the cell phone from 100 – 900 times a day meaningless. Smartphone addiction is much more like gambling when the mental impulse hits and the dopamine releases, indicating the feeling of gaining pleasure.

As a solution to this addiction Dr. Sadaqat indicates that rather than utilizing your will power consider becoming more disciplined. Reduce the screen brightness to 15 from 100. Spend an equal amount of time in dark as in front of the screen to acclimatize your eyes. Switch off all screens two hours before going to bed. Place your cell phone at a distance of at least 10 feet from your bed. Later in the video Dr. Sadaqat indicates that the excessive use of cell phone shrinks the grey area of our mind which is responsible for the thinking process. Using cell phone for 100 hours increases the chances of cancer by 5% and unfortunately diabetic and heart patients have its adverse effect too. The flip side of the coin is the positive use of cell phone making life easier filled with the right sort of pleasure.

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Dr. Sadaqat Ali , a graduate from Dow Medical College, Karachi is a renowned professional in the field of addiction psychiatry. He has a background of getting trained at “HAZELDEN” and “Vital Smarts”, USA. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is the Project Director of Willing Ways Pakistan, and Sadaqat Clinic (pvt.) Limited. He is a sought after speaker who promotes new scientific solutions for persistent and profound problems. Dr. Sadaqat’s name was included in the international Who’s Who directory of professionals which was the first ever distinction of any Pakistani doctor. The print and electronic media have interviewed him extensively. He appears frequently on national TV channels expressing his views on drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, suicide prevention and home runaways. He loves to train people on how to intervene if a family member indulges in self-destructive behaviors. He is running a number of national facilities. Willing ways for outdoor and Sadaqat Clinic for indoor treatment of addiction and alcoholism.

Willing Ways Pakistan is an accredited center of excellence in the field of drug treatment and counseling. We have a history, while we started our operations in 1979 when Pakistan was suddenly hard hit by heroin epidemic. We bravely took the responsibility of making public aware that addiction is very much treatable at any stage and today we stand proud being the trusted leaders in the field of addiction treatment. We have our clientele not only in Pakistan but across the borders as well including UK, USA, Middle East and Europe.

At Willing Ways Pakistan the clients are treated scientifically – the secret of our long lasting standing in the field of addiction and counseling. We keep our team and our program up to date with the latest advancements while helping our clients through extensive, specialized and client centered treatment program. These programs are not only patient focused but an extensive work is done with family through what we call counseling for change. The major purpose of this program is to bring peace and serenity in the lives of those who have been suffering in silence, because of a family member’s addictive behavior. We equip families with a set of vital behaviors to produce results.

The programs are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the patient which eventually help them reach their ultimate goal of a serene life. Our organization comprises of a highly competent team that holds striking credentials and is not only well trained but also carries extensive know – how. We are a unique team of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, Addiction counselors and Medical specialists involved in research and education, and who collaborate with each other within the institute to ensure our clients receive the best possible care.

We are leading the battle to conquer the disease in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches. Our mission is to prevent, treat and manage addiction for a world free of this illness and its complications.