A fairly recent problem is emerging in our communities now that so many of us are enjoying ready access to screens and online gaming. While most people who begin playing video games, or join online gaming communities, find a way to make these experiences an enjoyable part of their overall active life, there are many who will struggle to regularly step away from the screen or game controller. Generally speaking, we begin to think about gaming addiction when the gamer is unable to keep up with other commitments (school, work, relationships, etc.), struggles to put down the game in order to get enough sleep, and possibly begins to withdraw from other aspects of life that once seemed to bring joy and engagement. Many folks who spend what could be described as excessive time with video gaming, may also suffer from a variety of emotional difficulties, even if they might find it almost impossible to admit. Many gamers could be struggling with loneliness, social anxiety, anger, and maybe even feelings of shame for spending so much of their time gaming, even when they sometimes wish they could pull away and do something else. Left unchecked, these other issues can become a significant problem for many people.
If you or someone you love is experiencing a struggle with what appears to be a gaming addiction, Jericho Counselling can help. Please call our offices at 604 · JERICHO (537 · 4246) or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you start the process.