Internet and Gaming Therapy
The definition of gaming addiction is excessive play that results in negative emotional, social, relational, educational or career related consequences. It may also be defined as a serious loss of control over gaming that leads to significant harm in the real world. Instead of devoting time and energy to real life activities someone with a video game addiction or compulsion prioritizes gaming accomplishments over all other things such as spending time with friends and family or school or career.
- A disrupted regular life pattern. If the person plays games late into the night and then sleeps all day this could be a sign that professional help is needed.
- If the person loses their job or stops going to school in order to be online or play a game.
- Need for a bigger fix. Does the person need to play for longer and longer in order to get the same enjoyment from the game.
- Withdrawal… some gamers get irritable and/or aggressive when they go off line or are forced to do so.
- Cravings … some people experience the need to play the game or be online when they are away from the digital world.
If you are ready to examine the effects that excessive gaming or internet use has on your life give me a call. There is a recipe for recovery that works if you decide to work it. Contact me by phone 604-318-2351 or if you prefer by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that email can be intercepted and is not strictly confidential.