Video game addiction is a lesser known but potentially severe form of addiction, similar to drug addiction in that addicted gamers often try to escape problems in their lives by playing deeply engrossing video games that provide them with a sense of power and control.
Diagnosing Yourself for Video Game Disorder
This means that, if you are considering whether you might have a problem, trying to make an honest appraisal of your relationship with video games could be revealing. Are you simply an enthusiast, or have you arrived at a point of dependence? Can you be comfortably separated from your gaming for days at a time, or would this be problematic? The recognition of the disorder will hopefully allow people to engage with these kinds of questions without concerns over their validity.
Effects of Gaming Disorder
Video game disorder can create or exacerbate other mental health issues. Note that someone who spends days at a time playing video games may be vulnerable to depression and anxiety when they are separated from their games. There is also the issue of video game dependence becoming linked with other issues, adding further complexity to the dependency. Any two addictions can become paired with each other. A common example is coffee and cigarettes. The same could certainly happen with video gaming and other behaviours. Let’s say whenever the person is playing games they’re always eating a certain food, they’ll start to link those two things together. This can further increase the impact the disorder can have on someone’s life.
Influence of Video Game Disorder on Social Skills
These games offer a chemical reward similar to that elicited through drug use, while giving users an attractive escape to become fully immersed in a virtual world that they can command. The sense of power, accomplishment and self worth are highly addictive to users of all ages, but especially socially maladjusted teenagers, most often boys, who withdraw from society and into the gaming world as a form of sanctuary.
Video Game Addiction Disorder Treatment
At Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres, we treat the serious nature of gaming addiction with the utmost care and compassion, providing a safe and relaxing environment to assist with treatment. By personalizing the treatment options, we learn the intricacies of your condition to help you reach your recovery goals and sustaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. With the support of your loved ones and our dedicated staff, we provide the best quality treatment available at our state-of-the-art residential treatment centres or outpatient clinic.