Video Game Addiction

What Is Video Game Addiction?

In 2019, the World Health Organization officially declared video gaming disorder as an official mental health diagnosis and recent statistics show that over 164 million Americans play video games. While a great form of entertainment, the addictive natures of these games are caused by the effects of elevated dopamine on the brain. Dopamine is a pleasure chemical that’s evolved for our survival, but sometimes the brain gets highjacked by addictive substances and behaviors like video games.

The addictive properties of video gaming can be related to other addictive behaviors such as gambling, pornography, or shopping. Video games are designed intentionally to give players the feeling that they can and should always improve on their previous performance. Players are left with the feeling that they could possibly level-up the next time they play, or they could beat that level or task that has been driving them crazy. It’s this same potential that keeps gamblers coming back to the casinos.

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Video Game Addiction

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About Process Addiction Disorders

Process addiction disorders are extreme or compulsive forms of a behavior that the individual is unable or is unwilling to stop despite the legal, financial, family, or other consequences. Activities that fall into process addiction are ones that people engage in every day, such as shopping, gambling, exercise, eating, or sex. These non-substance related activities can lead to mental or physical health issues that arise, especially for those that can’t stop without treatment. The Lifeskills clinical team is highly trained in process addiction treatment and creates a customized plan for each individual depending on their needs and willingness to engage in treatment.
Interested in learning more about Lifeskills’ treatment for Video Game Addiction? Call 866.321.9430 to speak with our admissions team or fill out our contact form.
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