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Addiction To The Internet And Online Gaming
Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?
All the same: Addiction to anything means that you are not getting the most out of life and your relationships with family and friends. Limit your time on these things and make your life and relationships your priorty. On your deathbed you will remember the people in your life; not the hours you spent playing world of warcraft. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Seek help: All addictions are serious. If you are addicted to porn, shopping, or emailing/ texting you need help since it can disrupt your life as all addictions do. You may have anxiety with obsessive compulsive issues and these are serious problems. Ask you physician for a referral to a psychologist and psychiatrist and seek any 10 step programs available for this problem that are in your city. ...Read more
Seek help: You need to get involved in a recovery/treatment program. This is one option: http://www.Netaddictionrecovery.Com/. ...Read more
Isn't addiction to the internet better than being addicted to substances such as drugs, alcohol or smoking ?
The good race, eh?: No addiction is good, nor is it appropriate to compare. Gaming addiction can lead to financial ruin, interpersonal catastrophe, loss of work, poor hygiene, felonious behavior, and the consequent social ills so associated. As can any addictive behavior. This sounds like a rationalization. If you have or suspect you have an addiction, it's best to seek medical help. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mutual support helps: You might consider checking out the mutual support groups that are available on the internet. An alcoholic who wants recovery, and is unable to leave the bar, may find another alcoholic in the bar who is looking for recovery, and together they may do what neither could do alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indispensable addict: Internet addiction is a serious problem, which is being realized today, 20 years after it was introduced to households. Internet addiction can be hard to treat as internet is not dispensable in the same manner drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and gambling are. Cognitive behavioral therapy, individual & group counseling may be effective. Underlying depression, if present, should be treated. ...Read more
Avoid the internet: Which you don't seem to be doing right at present, since you are asking questions on it. Internet addiction, like other "process" addictions (gambling, sex) can represent underlying psychiatric issues, and the first step would be to see a mental health professional with interests in addictive disorders. In some people it is a manifestation of obsessive-compulsive traits, while in others addiction. ...Read more
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