Addiction to Video Games


Addiction to Video Games

By Catherine Ferreira

Video game addition—is it a real thing? While not listed as an official diagnosis in the DSM-5, it is certainly being taken as a real thing, with the rise of video game consumption and the ever-growing prominence of gaming culture.

Perhaps it is the reinforcing nature of video games that gives them their appeal. The illusion of success and victory can certainly be addicting. Or maybe there is a darker implication hidden behind video game addiction—that of escapism and the inability to come to terms with reality. The latter is perhaps a more common affliction with adolescent and adult gamers, who oftentimes find themselves socially isolated and unemployed because of their addiction.

How to treat someone who might have a video game addiction? The same way you would treat someone with a drug or alcohol addiction: therapy or rehabilitation centers.

If you believe you or a loved one are addicted to video games, or have an addiction of some sort, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit for more information.

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