Games can be fun, but they should not control one’s life. Many people worldwide enjoy video games as an activity in their spare time. There are several benefits to taking part in interactive video games, but what happens when it becomes out of control and is categorized as an addiction?
Video game addiction is a relatively recent phenomenon that has been identified as one of the fastest-growing addictions. This article will discuss the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for video game addiction at PROMIS UK.
Someone with an internet gaming addiction spends a lot of time playing video games online, often to the detriment of other interests and daily routines. There are different types of video game addictions as well, and these are treated differently. We will talk about them here.
WHAT IS VIDEO GAME ADDICTION?
Video game addiction can be described as a pattern of behaviour in which an individual derives pleasure from playing games to the exclusion of almost all other activities. It is also a pattern of behaviour in which an individual plays games for more extended periods and derives diminishing pleasure from playing. It can be further described as compulsively playing video games despite the negative consequences coupled with attempts to quit.
In addition, gaming addictions have additional consequences beyond those from other behavioural addictions, such as compulsive gambling. Video game addiction may lead to other issues, such as obesity, aggressive behaviour, depression and anxiety.
A recent study found that gaming addiction may be linked to reduced grey matter in critical areas of the brain important for memory and attention and that young adults who suffer from this addiction may be more likely to perform poorly in school or at work.
Youths under 18 are more susceptible to this particular addiction because their brains are not yet fully developed and can be easily influenced. Gaming addictions can also lead to other forms of dependency, such as drug or alcohol abuse.
CRITERIA THAT CLASSIFY VIDEO GAME ADDICTION
The World Health Organization has classified “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition that requires clinical intervention and attention. The “gaming disorder” is a potential diagnosis for people who compulsively interact with video games to the exclusion of other daily activities.
At PROMIS’ video gaming addiction treatment centre, we offer one-on-one cognitive behavioural therapy sessions that use motivational interviewing to help patients overcome their addictions. We also provide family coaching and support so parents and loved ones can understand how to support their children in overcoming this addiction.
WHAT CAUSES A VIDEO GAME ADDICTION?
It is not fully understood as of yet how an addiction to gaming is formed. The potential causes of this disorder are complicated and include biological factors like brain structure or genetics, environmental factors such as family history (or lack thereof) of addiction, and psychological factors such as mental health problems or mood disorders. In general, those who develop an addiction to gaming are considered to have a type of behavioural addiction that is characterized by impaired control over gaming along with a continuation of the behaviour despite adverse consequences.
SIGNS OF VIDEO GAME ADDICTION
A person can become addicted to video games in many ways. One way is if the player has an underlying mental health issue that they are not aware of, such as attention deficit disorder or depression.
Those addicted to video games may find that they stop participating in other activities, such as sports or schoolwork, and spend all their time playing them. They might also neglect basic hygiene habits, such as showering or brushing their teeth.
Many gamers will also need to increase the time spent playing video games to get a high from the activity, even though they may have had no trouble playing or reaching that high before.
The addiction to video games is a problem for many people all around the world, but there is help available. Although games are fun, they can also become an unhealthy addiction. People with an addiction to video games may stop participating in social behaviour.
People who are addicted to video games need to get help, and it can be done through a gaming addiction treatment centre such as PROMIS in the UK. When someone works with an expert at the centre, they can quit playing and start living a more fulfilling life.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF A GAMING ADDICTION?
An internet gaming disorder often starts in early childhood, with a child simply enjoying these games. At some point, the child may find themselves playing video games more and more until they become compulsive about playing them. There are several stages that a gaming addiction can go through.
VIDEO GAME ADDICTION STATISTICS IN THE UK
In the UK, there are around 2 million people addicted to video games. This is a staggering number, and it is only increasing steadily. Video game addiction is not just about time spent gaming but also about how it impacts other aspects of a person’s life.
A video game addiction can affect a person’s relationships, finances, and mental health, so it should not be taken lightly and dismissed.
VIDEO GAME ADDICTION WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
Video game addiction is a term that describes the excessive and chronic use of video games. Those with video game addiction may be so absorbed in their virtual world for hours that they neglect eating or sleeping to pursue playing more games.
The symptoms of video game addiction can vary from person to person. For some, they may experience withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop playing games, such as nausea, headaches, and muscle pain. Others might experience social isolation, irritability, and a sense of guilt.
VIDEO GAME ADDICTION AND CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS
Video game addiction is a relatively new term in the English language and refers to excessive, compulsive use of computers and video games that interfere with daily life. Video game addiction is a subset of Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). It is often present with other mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
HARMFUL EFFECTS OF VIDEO GAME ADDICTION
Those who have this addiction will play for hours or even days without stopping. Video game addiction is a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Often, video games are used as an escape from reality because gamers can create whatever they want and be whoever they want to be in the game.
They will neglect their family, friends, and responsibilities at work or school to play video games. Video game addicts may not realize they have a problem until they are no longer able to control their gaming habits.
LONG AND SHORT-TERM IMPACTS OF VIDEO GAME ADDICTION
- Social isolation
- Low grades in school
- Poor sleep habits
- Obesity and depression
ADDICTION TREATMENT FOR VIDEO GAMES
Addiction treatment programmes for gaming are available at Promis for those experiencing difficulties stopping. We provide an array of options, from inpatient treatment to outpatient treatment services, that are tailored to each individual’s needs and requirements.
Gaming addicts can expect different forms of therapy, such as CBT, family therapy and group therapies, that will help them develop the behavioural skills to beat not only the addiction symptoms but also the thoughts about gaming and how to manage the compulsions. Our video game rehab provides all the tools to secure a bright future away from the world of online gaming and playing computer games.
Reach out to Promis and begin your gaming addiction help today.
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