A private London clinic integrating psychiatry and psychology

Video Game Addiction

Even though gaming has been around for almost 50 years, studies about its harms are still in the early stages. Some of the potential signs of gaming harm are:

  • Thinking about gaming all or a lot of the time
  • Feeling bad when you can’t play
  • Needing to spend more and more time playing to feel good
  • Not being able to quit or even play less
  • Not wanting to do other things that you used to like
  • Having problems at work, school, or home because of your gaming
  • Playing despite these problems
  • Lying to people close to you about how much time you spend playing
  • Using gaming to ease bad moods and feelings

Of course, not everyone who plays a lot has a problem with gaming. Some experts say that it’s harmful to label people who might just be very enthusiastic about gaming. One thing they do agree on is that the percentage of players who meet the proposed criteria for addiction to video games is small.

Methods of implementing healthy gaming

To keep the amount of time spent gaming under control, try these tips:-

  • Set time limits for play and stick to them.
  • Keep phones and other gadgets out of the bedroom so you won’t play into the night.
  • Do other activities every day, including exercise. This will lower the health risks of sitting and playing for long stretches of time.

Getting Help

People may seek professional help for their gaming usage. The behaviour may be driven by various factors and sometimes may be a manifestation of other underlying mental distress.

Careful assessment would allow for appropriate treatment, be it via social, psychological or pharmacological.

The aim would be to allow individuals to have a healthier relationship with their gaming usage and in turn allow them to live the life they wish.

Contact and Appointments

If you are seeking an appointment with a psychiatrist, you should discuss this first with your GP to obtain a referral. Referrals are also accepted from clinical psychologists and counsellors.

Once you have your referral, please do contact us via our Enquiry Form and one of our team will be in touch without delay.

Overseas referrals are warmly welcomed. We do also see individuals without a family doctor (GP), and we can help you find a private or NHS family doctor.