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Video Game Addiction Information

Game addiction is a form of psychological addiction related to a compulsive use of computer and video games, most notably MMORPGs - open ended, online video games known for their depth, breadth, and social interaction. People suffering from this form of addiction may experience intense cravings to play the game and may also suffer symptoms of withdrawal when they stop playing the game. Those affected may also enter long periods of self-imposed social isolation where friends and family are excluded. One example of this is the gamer widow, a term used to designate a spouse or significant other who has been neglected because of the video game addiction.

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Officially, a diagnosis must come from a qualified health professional. It could involve a mental health assessment, blood tests, etc. However, anyone can develop a suspicion of dependence that may be close enough to the truth to help you decide to take action. Observation of behavior patterns can include:
There have been so many tributes in the last couple of days highlighting the amazing talent of a man who died too young. Yes, Philip Seymour Hoffman was a great actor; he was also an addict and someone who likely suffered from a mental illness. He had spoken about his depression, his dark days and even his recovery in the past but he ultimately ... Read More »
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Now that you’ve come up with your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to track your progress. Write down your accomplishments ... Read More »

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