Internet Game Addict Boy Admitted to Delhi hospital.
- Playing video games for hours on end has landed a 16-year-old boy in the hospital in Delhi.
- He is now being treated with medications and psychotherapy at the BLK Super Speciality Hospital for being “distracted, irritable, and disinterested” when kept away from internet games
- “Video gaming addiction is hypothesized to be an excessive or compulsive use of computer games or video games, which interferes with a person’s everyday life,” according to Wikipedia.
Yet video game addiction is not a mental disorder.
- However, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has concluded that there is not sufficient evidence to officially recognise video game addiction as a mental disorder.
- But there is increasing evidence that people of all ages, especially teens and pre-teens, are facing very real, sometimes severe consequences associated with compulsive use of video and computer games.
Effects on boy’s Performances:
- In the case of the patient from Delhi, he was not only behaving aggressively towards his mother but also performing poorly in school.
- His frequent binging at odd hours led him to put on around 10kgs in less than six months.
- Internet Game Addict boy had even begun socially isolating himself so that he could spend more time gaming, according to media reports.
- His rehabilitation programme allows Internet Game Addict boy to play for two-three times in a week for two hours as a sudden complete withdrawal can be extremely tough to cope with.
- Doctors are also using psychotherapy to ensure that he participates in more social activities.
What is Internet addiction?
- Internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder, which does not involve use of an intoxicating drug and is very similar to pathological gambling.
- Some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to on-line friends and activities they create on their computer screens.
- Internet users may enjoy aspects of the Internet that allow them to meet, socialize, and exchange ideas through the use of chat rooms, social networking websites, or “virtual communities.”
- Other Internet users spend endless hours researching topics of interest Online or “blogging”.
- Blogging is a contraction of the term “Web log”, in which an individual will post commentaries and keep regular chronicle of events.
- It can be viewed as journaling and the entries are primarily textual.
Similar to other addictions, those suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual fantasy world to connect with real people through the Internet, as a substitution for real-life human connection, which they are unable to achieve normally.
Symptoms of Internet Game Addiction
Here are some symptoms of game addiction – the more of these symptoms you can identify, the greater the need to get professional help:
- Most non-school hours are spent on the computer or playing video games
- Falling asleep in school
- Falling behind with assignments
- Worsening grades
- Lying about computer or video game use
- Choosing to use the computer or play video games, rather than see friends
- Dropping out of other social groups (clubs or sports)
- Being irritable when not playing a video game or being on the computer
There also are physical symptoms that may point to addiction:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sleep disturbances
- Backaches or neck aches
- Dry eyes
- Failure to eat regularly or neglecting personal hygiene.
Treatment Options for Video Game Addicts:
An addiction to video games or computer games should also be treated in much the same way as any other addiction. Like other addicts, gamers often are trying to escape problems in their lives.
An addiction counselor said:
“When they play, their brains produce endorphins, giving them a high similar to that experienced by gamblers or drug addicts. Gamers’ responses to questions even mirror those of alcoholics and gamblers when asked about use,” .
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