Common Symptoms of Video Game Addiction

• video games become a top priority
• increased gameplay
• inability to stop playing video games
• use of stimulants to continue playing
• agitation at others’ criticism of playing

Causes

Video game addiction is often caused by underlying deficiencies. Playing a video game can give an individual the feeling of achievement, success, and in some games, group socialization.Usage could provide a sense of relief from negative feelings, like anxiety, instead of getting to the real root of the issue.

Treatment

Video game addiction can put strain on relationships and involvement at school or work. Treatment for video game addiction involves therapy. A therapist can help with replacing gaming with other healthy activities. Therapy also provides clients with appropriate coping skills to reduce stress that may play a factor in the addiction. A therapist can help clients deal with any aggression or irritability that emerges while withdrawing from gaming.

We Can Help

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. They can help clients set goals for video game usage, build a balance of time spent playing and not playing, and get to the root of an overwhelming addiction.

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