Reply to Talking About the Internet

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Sir: We agree with Dr. Neimark that psychiatrists must get to know their patients and that doing so requires active listening, not formal checklists. While we by no means recommend a “laundry list” approach to learning about patients’ Internet use, we hope that the social history being taken by the clinician will be current with the times.

The presence of pro-suicide Web sites is not the only reason clinicians should be interested in what their patients are doing online.​

J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(11):1831-1831