Video Game Addiction

Games are one of the most popular features of social networking sites these days, and they may be played on handheld game devices, personal computers, or smartphones almost continuously. Rich parallel universes, multiple characters, and sophisticated plots have become commonplace in video games. Introverted children and teens may discover that connecting with "actual" peers may be avoided by communicating primarily with other online gamers, posing as characters with astonishing abilities and gifts.

 

Of course, not everyone who spends a lot of time gaming has an issue with it. Video gaming is not universally seen as a hazardous or addictive pastime. Some experts believe that labeling those who are merely interested about gaming is damaging. Many individuals, including parents, believe that video games help children develop their imagination, collaborative skills, and strengthen their cognitive skills. However, the benefits of gaming appear to be less definite when young people spend the majority of their time playing video games instead of academics, physical activity, family events, or other activities.

 

What are some signs of gaming addiction?

  • Thinking about gaming most of the time
  • Becoming restless when you can't play  
  • Need to spend more time playing to feel good
  • Not being able to stop playing or even wanting to do other activities you used to enjoy
  • Having issues at work, school, or at home as a result of gaming and playing despite these issues
  • Lying to your friends and family about how much time you spend playing
  • Using video games to alleviate negative emotions and feelings
  • Migraines caused by prolonged focus or eye strain
  • Overuse of a joystick or computer mouse causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Personal hygiene issues

 

Treatment methods

  • CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, is one therapy that can help. This is a type of mental health treatment that teaches you how to replace negative gaming thoughts with positive ones in order to improve your behaviour. Which could help with setting goals, improving interactions with family members and developing coping techniques.

 

  • Video game support groups could be an effective treatment technique. Individuals in this situation undergo group therapy with others who have been diagnosed with gaming problems as well to form a support group. 

 

  • One medicine that has lately been utilized to treat this type of condition is bupropion. The medicine alters the chemistry of the brain, which aids in the reduction of video game addictions. This method may not be for everyone, even though it has proven to be pretty effective. Others may opt to use medication only when it is absolutely required, treating symptoms as they arise.

 

  • If you have trouble setting boundaries as a parent of a gamer, a therapist can teach you how to establish boundaries during your child's gaming time.

 

Preventing a gaming addiction

Children and adults may try these tips to keep the amount of time they spend gaming under control:

  • Set gaming time boundaries and stick to them.
  • Keep phones and other electronic devices out of the bedroom so you don't stay up late.
  • Every day, engage in other activities, such as exercise. This will reduce the health dangers associated with sitting and playing for extended periods of time.

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