Video game addiction refers to an excessive or compulsive use of video games. Signs of video game addiction include constantly thinking of playing video games, irritability when not gaming, losing enthusiasm and experiencing problems in school/work/relationships due to gaming, and being overly engrossed with in-game achievements.
The advent of mobile gaming on mobile devices has made video games more accessible to the mass population, and it has become much easier for someone to be addicted to video gaming. As video games continue to become more immersive, individuals who are discontent with their life situations might turn towards video games as an escape and become addicted.
As with all addictions, it takes a huge amount of courage and emotional strength to be able to self-identify video game addiction. Once you have overcome that initial hurdle, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Depending on your environment it might be difficult to talk to someone about your issues and learn how to cope with it, so at times it might be better to speak with a professional therapist about it.
Therapists help people understand the thought processes, beliefs, and mindsets which led them to addiction. With a better clarity of the reason for addiction, video game addicts can then start to learn and implement various strategies in their lives to cope with their issue.
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