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Dangerous “infection” (modern temptations).

A 50 year old woman visits her doctor with her 23 year old daughter V. The circumstances which led to them to visit a doctor are such: the girl, until recently a student of one of the capital’s colleges, had been infatuated with the creativity (if such can be said) of a famous western rock group. She created a whole collection of audio and video recordings, clippings from newspapers and journals, photographs of these musicians. This lasted a year to a year and a half.

Rock music has a strong influence, both on the mental as well as the physical condition of the person. The well-known researcher of rock and roll John-Paul Regembal writes: "The strength of rock is in the irregular pulsations, rhythms, evoking a bio-mental reaction of the organism, capable of influencing the functions of different organs of the body (in part, the beat can speed up the heartbeat and increase the amount of adrenalin, as well as sexual excitement).

If, for instance, the short rhythm equals 1 ˝ beats per second and is accompanied by a heavy pressure of super-low frequencies (15-30 hertz), it can strongly arouse a person. If the rhythm equals 2 beats per second, at the same frequency, the listener falls into a dancing "trance," which is similar to a narcotic one. Modern rock-groups utilize the spectrum of 80 thousand hertz to 20, or even less. The intensity of sound reaches 120 decibels, even though human hearing is tuned to an average intensity of 55 decibels. This is a definite storming of the entire individual. There have been cases when an overabundance of high or low frequencies strongly traumatized the brain.

Contusions of sound are common at rock concerts, as well as sound burns, hearing and memory loss. It is impossible to expose yourself to rock for extended periods of time and not be psycho-emotionally traumatized. In addition, there is a loss of control over the ability to concentrate; control over mental activity and will is significantly weakened; unrestrained outbursts lead to destruction, vandalism and revolt, especially in large gatherings, where the mental field of the crowd, the enhanced aforementioned influences of rock, for all intents and purposes deprive a person of individuality, turn him into part of a machine directed by satanic leaders.

As we can see, rock music has a destructive influence on the character of a person. It is not by accident that many rock soloists are drug addicts and even openly Satanists" (from an article by N. Bogoliubov).

Free internet access became available in the institute, where V. was a student. What happened! The girl began to skip lectures, her grades fell sharply. All her thoughts were occupied with rock idols. She jumped from site to site, searching new details of personal lives, tastes, habits of her favorites.

With time the ability to "surf" the Internet clearly became insufficient, and V. began to search for any other type of connection. In the meantime, the girl’s sphere of interest widened, she began to be interested in much which, as she put it, "is shameful to mention." The Internet attracted her like a magnet, V. could not live without it even a day. She thought time was wasted, if she could not submerge herself in the "sea of fascinating information."

V.’s behavior changed noticeably. She began to be irritable, talked back to her mother. From lack of sleep (because Internet access is cheaper at night) her head began to ache, her vision worsened. In the Internet-café, which she began to visit regularly, she made dubious acquaintances. Once she was offered heroin, and "grass," which, the girl admitted, she had tried, and more than once. "I thought, — she said, — that it would help me with my tiredness, to overcome sleepiness." Within a year V. was expelled from the institute for poor grades, but this did not sober her up. Her mother rang the alarm, understanding that the computer, or rather the passion, would completely destroy her only daughter.

The mother calls herself a religious person. V. says: "I believe in God, but I almost never go to church." Still, she agreed to visit only an Orthodox psychotherapist.

Thank God, the girl recognized that in the last two years she did not live a real, but a "virtual," world, and was a captive of her passions. This passion, apparently, can be can Internetmania. Looking at the image of the Holy Mother of God in my office, V. asked hopefully:

— Will the Lord help me?

— Of course, He will help, — I answered, — nothing is impossible for God. You must ask Him for this with all your heart, begin to go to church, truly repent of your sins and have firm resolve not to return to them.

The girl listened attentively, and in her tearful eyes, as it seemed to me, a ray of hope appeared. I prescribed sedatives, made several recommendations, and we separated, agreeing to meet in a week. This was the first clinical visit related to the Internet in my practice. Unfortunately, it seems that one can expect other similar types of visits.

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