Video / internet gaming addiction. Or more broadly video game overuse. This is excessive or compulsive use of computer and video games that interferes with daily life. Instances have been reported in which users play compulsively, isolating themselves from family and friends. Plus or from other forms of social contact. They then focus almost entirely on in-game achievements rather than other life events.

Diagnosis

There is no formal diagnosis of video game addiction in current medical or psychological literature. Inclusion of it as a psychological disorder has been proposed and rejected for the next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

Who is addicted

Surprisingly we are getting more and more calls for ‘partners’ rather than ‘parents’. It seems addiction to gaming is increasing in adults due to the advancement in games themselves. We do get calls form parents who cannot stop their 7 year old etc playing internet games. As cruel as it might sound, they are parents. They have control over internet setting and also they are parents. They should be able to tell their child “No”. If they cannot take control of their child at the ages of 5 to 13 then they will have massive problems in the future. The answer in this case is “Turn it off!”

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