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What Is Video Game Addiction About

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What is video game addiction about is not a topic that has not been written about before, but how many people actually realize how this can affect your health. When you are living with autoimmune diseases this can cause you to have flare-ups, and that is what this article is focusing the most about.  The only reason I know first-hand how this really can be a trigger is from my oldest son’s addiction to video games, so let’s look at how this affects your health next.

 

Video Game Related Health Problems

First I want you to know playing video games can provide you many positive benefits, but let’s look at how they actually can affect your health when you allow playing these games to control your life.

  • Gaming Disorder is a legitimate health problem that causes people to become addicted to playing video games, and if you experience Gaming Disorder you live to play your favorite games and most people experience poor hygiene from not being able to take the time away from their games.

 

 

More About Gaming Disorder

This disorder is not well-known by the majority of people, and so this is the reason I wanted to talk about this before any other health-related issue. If you live to play your favorite games to the point you are obsessed you might have this disorder, and one question you can ask yourself is this activity all you think about day and night?  The majority of people living with this health problem lack their daily hygiene routine, and many don’t even take the time to eat healthy meals.

 

Gaming Disorder Symptoms

If you or someone you know has these symptoms for at least 12 months they may be experiencing this disorder, so here are the symptoms to watch out for.

  • Most people will lose track of the time playing these games, and many might even play non-stop for days at a time.
  • Experience very little other interest if any at all, and the majority of people are unable to do basic everyday things they should be doing.
  • Absentee is common because they want to stay home and play games instead of going to school or work, and many people are anti-social simply because they can’t leave their homes.
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Overweight or Underweight
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable
  • Anger problems
  • Social Anxiety
  • Skin issues
  • Eye conditions
  • Seizures

 

People with this health disorder are high-risk for the health problems above, so if you know anyone who fits these symptoms they just might have Gaming Disorder.

 

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The Good News

The good news is out of approximately 2 billion gamers statistics claims only about 3 percent experience this disorder, but The American Psychiatric Association does not consider gaming addiction as a disorder, so for the addiction to be considered Gaming Disorder you must experience significant impairments in the following areas.

  • Personal
  • Family
  • Social
  • Educational
  • Occupational

 

These significant impairments must be affecting the person for 12 consecutive months or more, so could there be more people living with this disorder than statistics knows about? How many people never admit experiencing a problem with playing games, and many of the people with mental health disorders often are into playing video games more than the average person. My oldest son does not see his playing games as a problem, but at the same time, he is being treated for high-anxiety and other mental health problems. The majority of people with addictions don’t see their addiction as a problem, so many never seek help.

 

Cleveland Clinic On Video Game Addiction

Cleveland Clinic wrote an article stating that the World Health Organization classifies video game addiction as a real disease, and they have classified this as a mental health disorder. Gaming addiction doesn’t act the same as alcohol and drug addiction, so with these two addictions, the person receives good feelings from the brain with every use. With gaming addiction, people experience this feeling from their brains whenever they reach a new level in a game.

 

High-Risk People

The World Health Organization states the people who are at the highest risk for developing this are people prone to other mental health conditions, so that explains why many people who are unable to work due to anxiety and depression often play games more than the average person. So what comes to my mind is Gaming Disorder caused by a brain chemistry imbalance like many other mental health disorders, you just wonder which one is the cause and which one is the trigger from playing games excessively?

 

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How To Treat Gaming Disorder

Gaming disorder is treated like any other addiction with therapy being often the first step to recovery, and some addiction treatment centers are using medications as well. The most difficult addictions for medical professionals to treat are gaming and food, and the reason for this is both are an important part of our daily lives. So unlike alcohol and drugs, it is much more difficult for people to avoid computers and food compared to other addictions.

 

 

What Is Video Game Addiction About

I do hope you found this article as interesting as I did writing it, and mental health diseases are extremely common among people with autoimmune diseases. So there does seem to be a connection between them, and in the future possibly medical professionals will understand what the connection is between mental health and autoimmune diseases.

 

Thank you for reading What Is Video Game Addiction About

Jeff

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35 thoughts on “What Is Video Game Addiction About

  1. Hello,
    I have seen people go through this. It is just like other addictions, they love to get their fix.
    Thank you for creating this valuable information for you son and everyone else that may see the signs, but don’t know what to think

    1. Thank you, Greg

      I thank you for sharing your own experience with people with the symptoms of this disorder, and it must becoming quite serious if the medial association now labels it is a legitimate disorder.

      Jeff

  2. Hey Jeff, I never really thought of gamers as having an addiction.

    Maybe they loved the games but never a medical condition.

    The internet has a lot to answer to, especially the way they have taken gaming.

    It doesn’t help when gamers have luxury gaming chairs, headphones amongst other accessories.

    I remember a few years ago now going into the bars and playing Space Invaders, Galaxian, Pacman. I loved them but never thought of them as an addiction.

    You mention 3% of 2 billion gamers with a condition, that’s still 60 million which is immense.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    Mick

    1. Hello, Mick
      I did find this interesting this has become a legitimate disorder by the medical association, and I am happy you found this as interesting as I did.

      Jeff

  3. I have seen how some games can lead to addictive behavior.

    Typically, these are online strategy games which are ‘persistent’, which means that things keep on happening in the game, even when the player is logged out. Players fear losing their hard-won game assets to in-game enemies while they are offline, so they spend as much time as possible online, guarding and improving them.

    I was not aware that treatments are now available to treat this disorder. I think that therapy is the right approach, but I’m not sure whether I’m in favour of the use of medication.

    I was also surprised to learn that it’s one of the 2 most difficult disorders to treat. I would not have expected that.

    You call it good news that ‘only’ 3% of 2 billion people experience the disorder yet, if my math is good, that is 60 million people. Is that figure correct? It seems really excessive, and hardly what I would consider good news.

    Thanks for a really interesting and thought-provoking article.

    1. Hello, Frank
      I was being a smart ass when I said that was the good news about this disorder, and yes your math is correct and that is still a whole lot of sick people

      Jeff

  4. Great article, I used to play online games alot when I was younger. It is highly addictive where I could play throughout the night into 6am and the sun rises! There is this thing about team effort to kill the mobs that really draws you. But luckily, work pulls me out of it gradually (though I was actually playing together with my colleagues!) . So I guess I wasn’t addicted after all… 🙂

    1. Hello, Richard

      I thank you for sharing your own experience with gaming, and as you were not aware you actually had an addiction that is common among gamers with this disorder

      Jeff

  5. Great article, I used to play online games alot when I was younger. It is highly addictive where I could play throughout the night into 6am and the sun rises! There is this thing about team effort to kill the mobs that really draws you. But luckily, work pulls me out of it gradually (though I was actually playing together with my colleagues!) . So I guess I wasn’t addicted after all… 🙂

  6. Ok. I guess I’m guilty for game addiction. I downloaded Chess Rush and I was hooked. Now that it’s starting to disrupt my work and rest time, I guess it’s about time to do something about it.

    I’ll probably just delete the app and see how it goes. Does quitting cold-turkey work?

    1. Hello, Kenny Lee

      I am sorry to hear you are experiencing an addiction to Chess Rush, and I suppose cold turkey like any addiction works for some and not for others so I am sure all my readers would love to know how it goes for you.

      Jeff

  7. This is such an important article.

    I wasted so many of my teen and early 20s being addicted to video games.

    I used to play for hours and hours, and end up feeling miserable and depressed.

    Video games ave their use, but needs to be kept in moderation.

    Thanks for posting.

    1. Hello, Aulfaqar

      Video games are used to teach children with autism and other learning disabilities, so you are very correct they can be very useful and at the same time very dangerous.

      Jeff

  8. What an interesting article. I think there is an episode of Big Bang theory which touches on this when Penny uses video games to escape her problems, and it makes perfect sense that this could turn into an addiction. I think anything that can help us to escape reality has the potential to turn into addiction if taken to the extreme. It’s great that you are alerting more people to this as I’m sure for a lot of people it’s not necessarily on their radar, or something they have thought about- so hopefully as more people start to know the signs to look for in others they will be able to help them get the help they need. Thanks for such an informative read 🙂

    1. Hello, Natalie

      I thank you for reading this article and sharing, I also was surprised when I started researching gaming addiction to find there actually is a legitimate disorder

      Jeff

  9. Really informative article about video game addiction. I must say that I’m also a gamer but thankfully I’m not addicted to playing video games. I fully agree however that these can be highly addictive at times. Thanks for sharing Jeff!

    1. Hello, Adam

      I have nothing against playing video games, and in fact, they are used to teach children with learning disabilities. I feel like many things in our lives addiction can become a problem, and the worse part is this addiction is one of the most difficult for professionals to treat.

      Jeff

  10. Hi Jeff. My 11 year old daughter is on the ASD scale and is obsessed with Roblox on her IPad. The symptoms you describe, anxiety, anger, lack of interest in hygiene and social withdrawal are very worrying. Addiction comes in many forms, and gaming is, without a doubt, one of those.
    Thank you for your list of solution options, I appreciate it.
    Sending best wishes to your son.
    Ger.

    1. Hello, Ger

      I am finding many parents are starting to realize gaming can be as dangerous as useful for their children, and children with disabilities are more prone to video game addiction, but at the same time, it is the best method for them to learn.

      JEff

  11. Hi Jeff,

    I find it particularly interesting that you’ve mentioned only 3% of gamers experience this disorder.

    I would have said the figure was much higher.

    It’s also a little alarming that that to be considered as having gaming disorder, you must have been experiencing the symptoms for around 12 months.

    I completely agree that most people with an addiction never feel they have an addiction, so the actual figures of people suffering this disorder may be considerably higher.

    Also, thank you for your openess and honesty about your son. That was a very brave thing to mention here.

    Partha

    1. Hello, Partha

      I totally agree with you statistics are often misleading, but the medical professionals go by these statistics when providing medical information.

      Jeff

  12. Hello Jeff,

    This is a well-written post about video gaming addiction. My brother used to play video games all night so he did not get enough sleep. As a result, he got irritated easily, he had an anger problem. Luckily, he stopped that habit when he had to finish his study and focused on his education. Family support is another thing an addictive gamer needs when they forget to care about themselves due to their gaming addiction.

    1. Hello, Ferra

      I thank you for sharing about your brother and gaming, and you are so right family support is very important for anyone to recover from any addiction or health problem

      Jeff

  13. That was very interesting to read! I am not a fan of gaming, really at all. I can definitely see how it could get in the way of things like taking care of yourself and socializing with others.
    I think you are right on with the fact that most people who possibly have a gaming addiction would not recognize it as such. It is important to keep things in check, even with playing video games, just as we need to do with other things in life.

    I hope it will help more realize the detrimental effects video gaming can have when it is done too much.

    Thank you for shedding light on this subject!

    1. Hello, Heidi

      I also am not into gaming, and I really don’t know why that is but it is something I just never really got into doing. Addictions can ruin so many people’s lives, and as people, we seem to be easily addicted to so many things that are not healthy for us.

      Jeff

  14. Thank you for sharing this article, video game addiction should be spoken about more often as it truly is an issue that people need to touch base on.

    Keep up the great work:)!

    1. Hello, Christina

      I feel you are correct gaming can be more serious than many people might realize, and many parents are putting fuel in the fire by providing tons of these games for their children

      Jeff

  15. Hi Jeff. Yes, I have heard of this video game addiction especially for teenager. I have ever heard news there was this teenager lock himself in his room for days refuse to eat meal just to play video game. The parents have to breakdown the door in order to stop him. At that time I can’t really understand how people can get addict to playing game.

    Then years later there are these mobile phone games were popular for some times and I were being invite by my yoga student to join the games. So just for the fun of it since it is the “In thing” at that time, I start playing those mobile games. Then I realize I can get hook to it. Whenever there is any spare time, including my meal time, I am on the game.

    Luckily my conscious is strong enough to realize this is unhealthy! So I stop it. I remember the feel is I am physically and mentally tired but I can still want to continue with the game. This is scary. I can imagine for those who go too deep into it might not have the power to pull themselves back.

    Thank you for sharing what are the gaming disorder symptoms as it is helpful. At least anyone who notice any of this symptom can quickly do something to themselves to stop it before it is too late and need to go for treatment.

    1. Hello, Janet

      I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with gaming, I do feel gaming can be alright as a hobby as long as it is done in moderation. It seems the games are addicting, so this causes many problems for many people who don’t realize as you did that this is not healthy for you.

      Jeff

  16. I am vaguely aware of gaming addiction but I have learned more about how this can be a trigger where there is an autoimmune disease. Your article is very authoritative. Thank you for bringing this information to light as it is something we don’t really consider in detail. Knowledge is power and you are playing a great role in providing this knowledge.

    1. Hello, Ola

      I thank you for your kind words, and this website is something very important to me to help people with autoimmune diseases and any health problem. I am dedicated to helping as many people as possible through my articles, and you have motivated me even more with your kind words

      Thank you
      Jeff

  17. Wow! thank you so much for sharing this. I hope that your son is able to overcome his addiction to gaming.
    This article is very easy to read and so powerful. I remember times when I was younger I was hooked on video games, and it left very little room for other activities. So I can understand what you mean about it causing people to neglect hygiene and basic chores etc. To be honest, it takes a lot of discipline to overcome gaming addiction. I also feel that there are way more cases of gaming addiction that what they report, especially with the advanced gaming platforms that are available out there. Not saying they’re bad, but no everyone can balance gaming with other aspects of their life.
    Truly great article and I look forward to reading more from you.

    1. Hello, Mikhail

      Gaming can be very beneficial and a very rewarding hobby, but sadly it can also become addicting for some people and even ruin their life. Moderation like so many other things is the key to gaming, so parents really need to set time limits for their children on how long they can play these games before taking a break.

      Jeff

  18. This is a fascinating article Jeff and one I’m delighted to have come across.
    I don’t play video games and have none on my phone for the very reason that they take up an inordinate amount of my time once I begin; I struggle to tear myself away from them!
    Thank you for taking the time to point out some of the pitfalls of the video gaming world.
    Regards
    Rick

    1. Thank you, Rick
      I appreciate your kind words on my article, I did find this article fascinating while researching to write it for you.

      Jeff

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