Every addictive behavior is extremely dangerous and, in some cases, it could lead to death. Video game addiction is very similar to gambling addiction or internet addiction. It is an impulse control disorder. The criteria for video game addiction is the same as that for addiction to a substance. In both cases, the addict craves more as time goes on. Also, he becomes irritable, as well as, despondent when they cannot access it. In like manner, video game addicts can even experience withdrawal symptoms.
Most common health risks
Every single person can develop a video game addiction. Before, there was a thought that only young people could get this type of addiction because it was normal for them to play games. Nowadays there is no age limit in the process of getting an addiction.
Many people are having this problem even if they do not know that they have developed an addiction. Compulsive video gaming has numerous negative effects on the mind as well as on the body. There are many health and social problems that addiction is causing.
Bad and questionable lifestyle: Hours spent sitting and playing games can take a toll on a person’s body. Also, there is a lack of physical exercise. All of that is causing health concerns about weight gain, poor posture, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
No social engagement: If playing games constantly and daily, young persons can not develop social skills. Learning how to interact with others in the real world is an important social skill. If someone plays games all the time, that may be neglected by individuals who spend too much time gaming.
Concentration and attention: Video games are promoting a loss of concentration. Also, people who spend a lot of time playing video games may become less interested in reading books or watching movies. Also, learning is wasting time for them. They are having difficulties in school as well as on the job.
Aggression and violence: People who are playing video games that focus on combat, fighting, or violence may display more signs of aggression than those who do not play these games. People are having difficulties in making a difference between real and fictional life.
Treatment for video game addiction – The best therapies
Treatment for video game addiction is similar to treating gambling addiction. The good this is that a person is not consuming some harmful substances, so the body detoxification is not necessary. The most important thing is healing the psychological addiction.
When a patient comes to a clinic, first, doctors are trying to diagnose the patient as well as to see clearly his condition. The standard diagnostic examination includes tests and assessing the psychological condition by talking to a psychiatrist. After that, doctors are creating a tailor-made plan for a patient.
The treatment includes pharmacotherapy if it is necessary to stabilize the patient’s mental state. After that, doctors are using medical devices in order to help the patient not to have withdrawal symptoms. Neuro-Jet and Transair therapies are the most common ones.
Psychotherapy is the most important phase in healing. There are individual, group, educational, and family psychotherapies and they are all important so the patient would be understood and completely healed.
Also, it is necessary to follow-up on the patient’s condition after the healing, so out-patient-treatment lasts up to a year. This phase includes regular monthly follow-ups and ongoing support.
Treatment for video game addiction in clinic
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