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"Helping People Return to the Outernet Since 2008"


Clifford Sussman, MD has a private practice in psychiatry for children, adolescents, and young adults in Washington, DC. He has been featured as an expert on Internet Gaming Disorder on ABC news, in the New York Times, and in TIME Magazine for Kids. His guide to healthy technology use for ADHD was featured on the cover of Attention Magazine. As an author of peer-reviewed literature and a frequent public speaker, he is internationally known as a pioneer in using psychotherapy to treat internet and video game addiction. He is dedicated to helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology. 

Dr. Sussman is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed an adult psychiatry residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA, and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Sussman provides psychotherapy and medications as indicated, often in combination, with an emphasis on care that is interactive and customized to best meet the individual needs of the client. His approach to treating internet and video game addiction features motivational interviewing, a psychotherapy technique designed to treat addictions regardless of the patient's ambivalence and readiness for change. He also integrates his skills and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy(CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), other supportive therapies, and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Sussman is available for a limited number of psychoeducational talks on internet and video game addiction for all age groups, parents, educators, and health professionals. He offers reduced speaker fees on weekends and before 2pm on weekdays. Please call 202-248-4346 or send an email to for details.

Dr. Sussman is currently putting together GameChangers, an out-of-network weekend support group for adolescents and young adults with internet and video game addictions. Please call 202-248-4346 or send an email to to express interest or get on the list to participate.

This website is constantly being updated so please check back frequently...


Featured Video:

How Does Internet Use and Gaming Affect the Brain?

From the video series on

Do My Kids Have Internet or Gaming Addiction?(...Do I?)
By Clifford Sussman, MD

Featured Article:

A Parents Guide to Healthy Internet and Video Game Use for Children with ADHD

From the 2018 winter issue of Attention Magazine:

Attention Magazine  Winter 2018 Cover

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Dr. Sussman received a Patient's Choice Award in 2014

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