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Gaming 

Keeping gaming fun for everyone

For most, gaming is a pleasurable past-time, co-existing alongside a range of other interests and hobbies. For a small proportion however, it can lead to young people neglecting other areas of their lives whilst an over-reliance on gaming can develop as an escape from dealing with other difficult issues in their lives.

 

It is possible an individual is forming a dependency on gaming if:

 

  1. They talk about their game incessantly. They play for hours on end and get defensive, angry or even aggressive when challenged about their gameplay or asked to stop.

  2. Their daily needs like food and sleep are being disrupted. Physical symptoms might even arise from spending too much time online such as dry or red eyes, pale face and headaches.

  3. They have become pre-occupied, depressed, lonely or isolated.

 

If you believe that the amount of time you, your child or loved one is spending playing games is adversely affecting other aspects of life, we can offer specialist support. We will help to manage thoughts, emotions and behaviours, whilst also helping to address any underlying issues which may have led to the dependency.