Gaming addiction is now 'officially' a disorder! Here's what we need to know Gaming addiction is now 'officially' a disorder! Here's what we need to know Understand how and why a thing as naive as gaming is being compared to drug and gambling addictions. TNN Jun 19, , For parents who were finding it hard to get their children off this digital heroin, this may come as a backup. However, is gaming addiction a kids-only problem?
Features of gaming addiction Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, gave features that one must look at in order to diagnose and isolate gaming addiction behaviour. Even when the negative consequences occur, this behavior continues or escalates. Some symptoms pointed out by Poznyak include, "disturbed sleep patterns, like diet problems, like a deficiency in the physical activity. What is it that gaming fulfills? When more and more young as well as adults are falling into the trap of gaming addiction, it is imperative to ask - why?
Parents have lesser time and energies to offer to their children and by and large the whole mode of living for the modern men is isolated and aloof. Young children in such scenarios tend to copy their parents observed behaviour of increased and sustained screen time, even during family dinners. A sense of fulfillment in terms of achieving goals of reaching higher stages.
It provides them with a distraction from lack of social connections on the outside. Human mind finds the screen time itself as very pleasurable since it stimulates their senses by providing them a host of sensory inputs simultaneously.
However, more and more adults are also becoming hooked to games. It is becoming commonplace only because they have adult audience, which has more disposable income to spend at gaming, against kids who may depend on their pocket-money.
Being stressed at work, suffering in personal relationships or family issues can translate into behavioural addictions, besides substance addictions. The addiction increases with time Another very important facet of gaming addiction that Nitika points out is that just like any other addictive behaviour, gaming addiction is also a trap.
You enter it thinking I have all the control. But eventually, the game becomes more powerful. Sometimes, it might spiral into grave problems like total refusal of school and high irritability on being stopped from playing! Gaming - addiction or not? An argument that is being put out is that gaming addiction arises out of underlying issues, such as anxiety, stress or depression. So, it may not be okay to deem it as an independent health condition.
When other diseases have made it to the list then why not gaming too? Poznyak said that the interventions or treatments for gaming disorder are "based on the principles and methods of cognitive behavioral therapy. Set strict no-gadget rules for at least some time of the day and that should apply to children and parents alike. Make sure your kids get enough physical exercise and spend enough time outdoors. Learn better ways to cope with stress, exercise and practise mindfulness techniques.
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