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Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Yes

Online addictions, whether for action games, online porn, chatrooms or many other activities can be serious and damaging to quality of life.
Many addiction programs have now started special programs for those with these kinds of problems (called 'process' addictions). They sometimes reflect another underlying psychiatric problem, sometimes not. See an addiction specialist (aaap.Org or asam.Org).

In brief: Yes

Online addictions, whether for action games, online porn, chatrooms or many other activities can be serious and damaging to quality of life.
Many addiction programs have now started special programs for those with these kinds of problems (called 'process' addictions). They sometimes reflect another underlying psychiatric problem, sometimes not. See an addiction specialist (aaap.Org or asam.Org).
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Michael Schiesser
Internal Medicine

In brief: The

The american society of addiction medicine defines addiction as 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 the individual pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can involve cycles of relapse and remission. To the extent there is compulsive attraction to the behavior in spite of identified harms, or inability to control the activity especially when faced with the opportunity, these are characteristics of a reward-reenforced behavior that is an adaptation to something that may have been pleasurable at one point, and now the behavior repeats itself based on associating the activity with pleasure.

In brief: The

The american society of addiction medicine defines addiction as 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 the individual pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can involve cycles of relapse and remission. To the extent there is compulsive attraction to the behavior in spite of identified harms, or inability to control the activity especially when faced with the opportunity, these are characteristics of a reward-reenforced behavior that is an adaptation to something that may have been pleasurable at one point, and now the behavior repeats itself based on associating the activity with pleasure.
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Dr. Michael Schiesser
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