Video games can be a much needed distraction from daily stress. However, Video Game Addiction (compulsive video gaming) threatens to interrupt social life and relationships. In some cases, clients facing an addiction will use caffeine or other supplements in order to stay awake to prolong time spent on the computer or console, disrupting sleep, and leading to many other problems.
Spending time playing video games can become preferential to tangible relations, causing overstimulation and degrading relationships. Being addicted to video gaming can cause fatigue and become an impediment for work or school.

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


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.


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.

Interested in seeing one of our therapists for an affordable rate? Start your search here.