Video game or internet addiction is the unregulated use of digital devices in a way that is interfering with an individual’s ability to live a happy, productive and fulfilling life.

Individuals with video game or internet addiction may spend significant portions of time engaging with their devices, neglecting healthy activities such as eating, sleeping, maintaining personal hygiene and engaging with others.

Common causes of gaming addiction

Similar to other behavioural addictions, compulsive video game or internet use is commonly driven by underlying attempts to avoid unpleasant emotions. What often begins as a social activity or a recreational way to relieve stress can become out of hand as it becomes unregulated. In many cases, video game and internet addiction can be difficult to recognise particularly with the increasing connectivity of the world and smart devices.

Signs and symptoms of gaming addiction

Other emotional or psychological signs of compulsive internet and video game use include feelings of anxiety when absent from digital devices, agitation or aggression when unable to engage in video game playing or internet access, and consistent thoughts pertaining to video games or internet activities.

Individuals with video game or internet addiction may spend significant portions of time engaging with their devices, neglecting healthy activities such as eating, sleeping, maintaining personal hygiene and engaging with others.

Therapeutic approach for recovery

A multimodal approach to psychological therapy is often beneficial in allowing those with internet and video game addiction to uncover underlying drivers. Equipping individual’s with tools to cope with those causes is a foundational aspect of ongoing recovery and freedom.

With healthy coping strategies, tools and support, you can overcome gaming addiction and rediscover freedom of life once again.