Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs of Video Game Addiction

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Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs of Video Game Addiction

  1. 1. Dr. Barry Slone:Recognizing Signs of Video Game Addiction Barry Slone
  2. 2. Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs ofVideo Game AddictionWhile it may be difficult to think of video games in terms of anaddictive disorder, video game addiction is a growing problem thatcan be as problematic as any other addiction. While the problem canaffect anybody, it is especially prevalent in men and adolescent boys.Like all addictions, the user develops a tolerance and requires moreand more to ward off withdrawal symptoms such as anger ordepression.
  3. 3. Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs ofVideo Game AddictionAlthough most people can play video games safely with no negativerepercussions, it’s important to know when somebody you love mayhave crossed the line from healthy gaming to obsession.
  4. 4. Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs ofVideo Game AddictionPeople who become dependent on playing video games often play atthe expense of other areas of their lives. For example, addicts maystop spending time with friends and family. Work and school areimpacted. Personal hygiene may be absent.
  5. 5. Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs ofVideo Game AddictionA person who is addicted to video games often loses track of time.He may sit down intending to play for 20 or 30 minutes, but is unableto stop until several hours have passed. When he isn’t playing videogames, he’s thinking about playing video games.
  6. 6. Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs ofVideo Game AddictionPeople who have a problem with excessive video gaming oftenbecome defensive when questioned about the time they spendplaying. They may misuse money, spending excessively on games orequipment, followed by depression and guilt about the time andmoney spent.
  7. 7. Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs ofVideo Game AddictionThis list is not complete, but it provides a brief overview of signs tolook for if you think somebody you care about may have a videogame dependency.
  8. 8. Dr. Barry Slone: Recognizing Signs ofVideo Game AddictionDr. Barry Slone is a clinical psychologist with a solo practice in AlisoViejo and Orange, California. Dr. Slone specializes in cognitivebehavior therapy to treat depression, anxiety, substance abuse,relationship distress, and anger issues. He also specializes in thetreatment of video game addiction.

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