Video games are everywhere.
They are the pastime of choice for people of multiple different generations in the 21st-Century and for the most part they offer excitement, satisfaction and socialising opportunities. However, there is a darker side to the thoroughly modern phenomenon of mass gaming.
Habitual Gaming: The acceptable face of addiction?
Not many of us would consider gaming addiction to being as damaging to our health as addictions to alcohol, drugs or gambling. However, the ideas that gaming addiction is either harmless or easily overcome are myths.
Gaming addiction is an impulse control disorder, in the same vein as problem gambling or binge drinking.
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Unlike most cases of substance abuse, gaming addiction is a phenomenon that can affect significantly younger people, with pre-teens, as well as teenagers and young adults being particularly affected.
The NHS has even created a long-term plan to address the specific impact of gaming addiction on children, reflecting how serious the problem is for young people in particular.
How significant is the problem?
Given that gaming is such a widespread and universal pastime, the prevalence of problem gaming is alarming. Studies have shown that up to 1 in every 14 gamers could be either addicted or have a problem with video gaming.
There are several serious consequences of problem gaming that affect people of all ages, particularly associated with the excessive time that gaming addicts dedicate to gaming.
- Poor personal hygiene
- Physical inactivity
- Loss of appetite
- Neglect of existing relationships
- Poor performance at school or work
- Disrupted sleep patterns, including insomnia and fatigue
What help is available?
Depending on the extent of the problem, there are many different ways of tackling the issue of gaming addiction. You might want to consider;
- Contacting your GP
- Seeking counselling or group therapy
- Engaging with a residential rehab centre
Because gaming addiction is, clinically speaking, so similar in origin and effect to substance abuse addiction, residential rehab at a facility such as Castle Craig in Scotland is an option to comprehensively tackle the problem with a combination of treatments, such as:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Complementary therapies