Internet Gaming: A Hidden Addiction

Here is a scenario you may have seen in your office:

  • a teenager or young adult, usually male, who is suddenly failing at life.
  • He may be having anger problems, personality changes, and sleep or appetite changes.
  • He may have gotten good grades in school and is now failing all of his classes.
  • He is not “running with a bad crowd”; in fact, he is not running with any crowd.
  • He is usually home, playing on his computer.
  • He says he is fine and denies feeling depressed.
  • Drug tests come back negative.
  • You may have prescribed antidepressants or stimulants empirically for depression or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but there has been no response.
  • This patient does not act like anything you have seen before.

This young man may very well be obsessively playing a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Full story at; American Academy of Family Physicians

See also; On-Line Gamers Anonymous

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