Video and Online Game Addiction

Video and Internet Gaming Disorder Test

The highly addictive nature of video games and online role-playing games impacts children and teenagers the most, but a growing number of adults are also getting hooked, and the latest craze is to online sports fantasy games.

Answer “yes” or “no” to the following statements to see if you may be addicted to video games or online gaming:

  1. Do you need to play online games with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve the desired excitement?
  2. Are you preoccupied with gaming (thinking about it when offline, anticipating your next online session)?
  3. Have you lied to friends and family members to conceal extent of your online gaming?
  4. Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop online gaming?
  5. Have you made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop online gaming?
  6. Do you use gaming as a way of escaping from problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, or depression?
  7. Have you jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, or even risked your marriage because of your online gaming habit?
  8. Have you jeopardized a job, educational, or career opportunity because of your online gaming habit?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you may be addicted to online gaming. These are common warning signs that you have lost control, lied, or possibly risked a relationship to support your gaming behavior. Why wait until it is too late to seek out help?

I have counseling hundreds who have been hurt by video game addiction or Internet gaming addiction. I offer private counseling through Skype or office visits. Inpatient treatment for video game addiction is also available.

I also provide parent training for video game and Internet gaming addiction. Most calls I receive are from parents of an addicted gamer, so I provide counseling and strategies on how to approach your addicted child or teen.