Counselling For Video Game Addiction

The number of video game addicts has increased tremendously with the introduction of smart phones. Most of the addicts belong to adolescents.

Video game addiction is a serious disorder characterized by excessive game play and disturbances in normal life functioning. A person who is addicted to video games is more likely to have difficulty thinking about activities other than gaming and the gaming interferes with school, social activities, hygiene, physical or mental health, or work performance.

As with any addiction, children affected by video game addiction exhibit certain compulsive behaviors related to the activity. Compulsive gaming behaviors closely resemble the behaviors exhibited by drug addicts.

Recently WHO has classified Video Gaming addiction as a Mental Health Disorder. Video game addiction exists as one of five sub-categories under the diagnosis internet-use disorder, first recognized in 2013 as an actual psychological disorder. People prone to escape into the world of video gaming may sometimes have a pre-existing condition that makes them more susceptible to addiction. Much like a drug or alcohol addict relies on the drug “highs, this symptom of video game addiction drives a person to rely on the “highs” produced by gaming to alleviate feelings of depression.

The Main Causes for this Addiction

One of the main reasons that video games can become so addictive, however, is they are designed to be that way. Video game designers, like anyone else trying to make a profit, are always looking for ways to get more people playing their games. They accomplish this by making a game just challenging enough to keep you coming back for more but not so hard that the player eventually gives up. In other words, success for a gamer often feels just out of reach. In this respect, video game addiction is very similar to other more widely recognized disorders: gambling addiction, exercise addiction and sex addiction.


One-on-one counseling and family counseling are necessary in treating a gaming addict. Psychotherapists attempt to help the addict understand how gaming is related to their school or job, emotions and moods, and sense of life goals and rewards.

We apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treat the gaming addict at our counselling centre. The therapy allows the addict to shift their thoughts, replacing those that lead to compulsive gaming with healthier thinking patterns. As its name implies, cognitive behavioral therapy allows a person to modify their thoughts, feelings and ultimately behavior for the better.

Addiction is a belief or way of thinking that leads to irrational, often unhealthy behaviors. We start treatment by identifying and focusing on the thoughts that start the chain of addiction and help the addict begin their transition from there.

We prepare the client to set goals and then learning to overcome the thinking that sparks compulsive gaming. With a few Counselling sessions normally an addict will be able to recover fully. But some cases we strictly instruct the addict and the family to attend the follow up sessions.