Officially, internet/gaming addiction is not a disorder, but symptoms of addiction are exhibited in some individuals. Similar to other kinds of addiction, internet/gaming addiction interferes with your life. An internet or gaming addict no longer prioritizes or gives attention to their job, relationships, and other responsibilities.
Symptoms & Signs of Internet/Gaming Addiction
- Inability to control the time you spend online either through pornography, gaming, chatting, or surfing.
- Losing track of time and have trouble fulfilling responsibilities at work or at home due to internet use
- Feeling more comfortable chatting with online peers
- Spending hours gaming
- Lack of balance between time spent online and time spent offline
- Doing productive things on the internet is no longer a priority
When is it time to get help?
If you feel isolated from your real-life friends and family, who “do not understand you like your online peers”. If you are sometimes defensive of going online and end up hiding the time you spend online, you should consider getting help for a possible addiction.
Effective addictions treatment:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, emotions and beliefs influence your behaviour and how you perceive yourself, others and the world. CBT has been shown to be effective in dealing with anxiety because it helps you to change those negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and projections on a subject matter or circumstance and help you to learn more effective ways of dealing with your anxiety. This approach uses sound techniques to slow down, halt and eliminate your own learned reactions. Ultimately, CBT deals with those circumstances and events that you’re aware of, rather than dealing with circumstances and events relating to your unconscious. Through a sound therapeutic process, you’ll learn to respond differently to issues and circumstances, and you’ll learn healthy coping mechanisms.
- Behaviour Therapy includes the thinking processes, attitudes and values which typically impact an individual. Generally speaking, Behaviour Therapy tends to view human beings and behaviour with the assumption that humans are a product of their sociocultural conditioning and environment. Behaviour Therapy also looks at the current problems and the factors influencing them and emphasizes overt behaviour changes more than the underlying unconscious processes. Typically, treatment goals are more concrete and objective with a strong focus on measuring progress over time. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to create new learning and/or new conditions for learning that will ultimately impact the problem behaviour.
- Existential Therapy is focused on providing the client with a greater understanding of self including self-development, and self-awareness. This therapy works on the individual’s unique set of choices and the meaning behind them. Furthermore, the therapy emphasizes an individual’s agency to make those unique choices and the need to be responsible for the consequences. The therapy makes known that the individual can not blame their decisions and the repercussions entirely on past conditioning and/or genetics. The therapy tries to employ a sense of meaning to the individual’s life and to clarify the right way to make sound choices that are constructive and rewarding.
What will I get out of addictions treatment with Insight Psychological?
If an addiction is affecting your life, you should know that you’re not alone. Our therapists utilize a variety of effective treatment methods that can support you on your journey to finding healthy ways to cope, to stop self-medicating and to reclaim your life. Insight Psychological’s trained addiction therapists can help in the assessment and treatment of potential Internet and Gaming Addictions. They are trained in special techniques which can offer solutions for internet addiction.