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Is it possible to be physically addicted to video games and gambling?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Terminology: While the terminology sometimes overlaps, I would label this a habituation, not an addiction. The body can certainly get hyped up to play and you can respond emotionally if you don't.However, you will not develop delirium tremens or similar physical signs of withdrawal like you would with a drug. The overall effect on time loss and absence from productive pursuits is identical.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how is it physically possible to be addicted to video games and gambling?

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Dr. Thomas Long
General Practice 43 years experience
Adrenaline rush: Video games and gambling produce an adrenaline rush similar to addictive drugs in the brain and therefore can cause addiction. All stimulate the same chemical reaction in the brain. A gradual withdrawal would be advised as with any other addiction.

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