Video game addiction is one of the fastest emerging addiction issues in North America and Europe. Although it is not yet recognized by major medical associations across the world as a diagnosable disorder, video game addiction is a very real problem for many people. Recently, studies suggest numbers in the region of 6 to 15 percent of all video gamer’s exhibit signs that could be characterized as addiction. This disorder can have substantial consequences to those dealing with it, however, the signs and symptoms of Video Game Addiction can sometimes be very challenging to recognize.
At The Liberation Place, we believe that all addiction issues have their warning signs, and video game addiction is no different. As a loved one who might be concerned about an individual, or a person who is deciding whether or not they might have a problem, it is important to know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of video Game Addiction as they can be both emotional and physical.
Emotionally, an individual may find themselves with general feelings of restlessness or irritability when they’re unable to play. This is the same for those people dealing with an addiction to substances and can lead to a preoccupation, and sometimes obsession, with thoughts about previous online activity or the overwhelming anticipation of the next online session. Individuals have also been found to begin lying to friends or family members about the amount of time spent playing their game of choice or isolating from people in order to spend more time gaming.
Physically, an individual will begin to exhibit signs of fatigue due to the amount of time spent participating in the addictive behaviour, and migraines may become a regular occurrence due to intense concentration required to play. This can lead to symptoms of eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused by the overuse of a controller or computer mouse, is another typical symptom that emerges as a sign of Video Game Addiction. Generally, if you are experiencing poor personal hygiene, and an overall lack of motivation for anything other than your participation in the virtual world, it may be time to have a conversation about the possibility of addiction being present in your life.
Ultimately, video game addiction is associated with a number of different mental health conditions, and recent studies have found a significant correlation between depression and those dealing with these issues. As we have discussed throughout this website, at The Liberation Place we believe that all addiction is in itself a symptom of a much deeper core issue. Addiction is the coping mechanism put in place by the individual to deal with the things in life they no longer feel they can handle.
In order to recover from this state, the individual has to make a conscious choice to change. At The Liberation Place, we aim to educate and support each individual on their entire journey. From the individual struggling with the addiction to the family member attempting to make sense of it all, we offer a total package of support for each and every person open to the changes required for recovery. Video Game Addiction is often overlooked in the world of treatment, however, with education that builds awareness we can work together to alter these beliefs, and ultimately support each individual on their unique recovery journey.
If this sounds familiar to you and your behaviours, or those of a loved one you are concerned about, and you would like to make some changes in your video game behaviours, take a look at the information contained in our website and the external resources for video game addiction that we offer here at The Liberation Place. If it's time to make a change and reach out for some support, and recovery is a journey that starts with just one step, and you alone can choose to take that step but remember you are not destined to be alone when you choose to take that step with The Liberation Place!