Gaming Addiction

With the advancement in technology, more people at younger ages are engaging in gadgets. Such gadgets have increased gaming addiction. Gaming addiction refers to the compulsion to play video games be it online or offline. People play video games to such an extent that it is adversely affecting their health mentally and physically and they are unable to leave it even if they desire to. Like other disorders, gaming addiction is also a brain disorder. It also imbalances some of the chemicals in the brain which also includes dopamine, related to pleasurable feelings. The level of dopamine increases when they play video games means the level of pleasure and happiness increases. So when they stop playing it negatively affects their mood which in long run can be the reason for depression.

Gaming addiction can result in damaging effects on an addict’s life. When they are busy playing video games, they compromise the time that they previously spent with their valuable relationships. Now they want to isolate and enjoy the pleasure video games entail. This can also cause financial issues as they might lose their job because of low interest and ultimately have to bear the acquisition of large debts to invest in new games and games purchases. To treat video games addiction Omega recovery is there to help. Discuss your situation and seek help under the best holistic technology addiction treatment today.

Signs Of Gaming Addiction

Symptoms and signs differ from person to person. Signs shown in one do not necessarily be seen in another person facing the same issue. Each case is distinct, hence if you are undergoing the following signs you are addicted to gaming and need to seek help.

  • Your mind is obsessively thinking about gaming, even when engrossed in other activities.
  • Lower interest in activities that you were previously giving significance and value.
  • Neglecting your sleep because of giving long hours to gaming.
  • Not paying attention to yourself instead indulges in more unhealthy eating habits.
  • You wish to stop gaming but are not succeeding at it.
  • Turning to the game when you need to face difficult situations or want to escape unpleasant circumstances.
  • Not being honest to yourself or others about the hours you dedicate to gaming.
  • Missing valued relationships because of gaming.
  • Losing vital job opportunities or jobs as a reason for gaming.
  • The problem in academics is because of gaming.
  • Experiencing unfavorable withdrawal symptoms when you leave gaming.
  • To fund your gaming, you go to an extent that you get yourself in debt or agree to sell valuable assets.
  • Being aggressive until you complete a specific section of a game or in-game activity. You feel unhappy.
  • Increased aggression or profanity when communicating with others.
  • Finding difficulty in doing real-world activities such as shopping.
  • Difficulty in communicating with other people outside a gaming situation.
  • Desire to urinate in the nearby bottle or vessels so you miss the time spent on gaming in the washroom.
  • Developing agoraphobia meaning fear of going outside/open spaces.

The effects of gaming addiction can be obvious and very detrimental. Gaming addiction is increasingly rampant. Gaming companies are becoming more sophisticated and can divert people’s minds, captivate gamers’ attention and money. Hence you can always seek assistance from Omega Recovery and get top-notch treatment. So take the first step towards recovery.

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Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, explains in his book “Glow Kids” how modern-day technology is equally if not more dopaminergic(addictive) than drugs and alcohol. Considered a leading expert in digital addiction, he has clinically worked with 1,000 individuals and written about the subject for Time, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Solan, and FOX News, and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC’s 20/20, the CBS Evening News, CNN, FOX & Friends, NPR, and in Esquire, New York magazine, and Vanity Fair.

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