Video Game Addiction

In the Netherlands, at a treatment center in Amsterdam, addicts receive help for their dependence on video games. The problem is extensive enough to keep the dedicated treatment facility full of teenagers and young adults who cannot control their gaming.

Withdrawal is a sign of true addiction. But can withdrawal happen with video gaming? The answer is a resounding, “Yes.” Video game addicts experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms, if the gaming is taken away.

Irritability, depression, anger in the form of sulking or outbursts, possible aggression, fantasizing about gaming and other symptoms can occur when the video games are suddenly not available to the addicted gamer. Some of these symptoms are psychological symptoms of addiction.

The addict feels a dependence on the gaming to get by, just to get through the day. It is an obsession. So, when the gaming is removed it feels earth-shattering to the addict. On top of that, studies are beginning to show that dopamine is affected in the brain of gaming addicts, not unlike drug addicts, participating in the development of a true physiological addiction.

Video game addiction is a disorder involving an individual’s inability to control his or her use of video games. This is shown by increasing amounts of time on the game and a decrease in other activities. Addicts will even skip meals, work, or school to keep gaming or to sleep off a late-night episode of gaming.

Video game addicts tend to be socially isolated, spending their time away from games thinking about gaming and planning when they will be able to play again. This obsession makes it difficult for them to relate to others in any real way. They also tend to neglect their health and bodily needs, as they find it hard to pull away even long enough to go get a drink of water if they are thirsty.

Video gaming addiction is serious enough that many individuals eventually lose their ability to do almost anything else. Losing jobs, dropping out of school, giving up friendships, they can become incapacitated by this impulse control disorder called video game addiction. Professional treatment is not only recommended, but is usually the only way to stop the cycle.

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One Comment

  1. Most people are addicted to something. Waiting until they can do it again. Gamers, as with all forms of hobbies, come in all shapes and sizes.

    Daniel / 30 Jan 2012 / 3:49 pm / Reply

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