Video Gaming Problem Signs

Most games offer an escape from reality and allow players to experience new and impossible experiences. An obsessive preoccupation with games, at the expense of real-life activities, or obligations, shares some of the characteristics of addictive behavior.

Here are a few of the key warning signs to watch for:

  • Poor performance at school, work, or household responsibilities as a result of a preoccupation with gaming
  • The need to spend more time playing games or to play more intensely in order to get the same level of enjoyment
  • Inability to set limits on how much time is spent gaming
  • Signs of irritability, anxiety, or anger when forced to stop gaming, even for brief periods of time
  • Using video games as a way to escape stressful situations at work or school, or conflicts at home
  • Neglect of other hobbies or friendships
  • A decline in personal hygiene or grooming
  • Eye strain or migraines from frequent screen use 
  • Sleep deprivation or trouble falling asleep
  • Symptoms of physical or psychological withdrawal, such as loss of appetite, agitation, or emotional outbursts if the game is taken away

Video Gaming Problem Signs

Most games offer an escape from reality and allow players to experience new and impossible experiences. An obsessive preoccupation with games, at the expense of real-life activities, or obligations, shares some of the characteristics of addictive behavior.

Here are a few of the key warning signs to watch for:

  • Poor performance at school, work, or household responsibilities as a result of a preoccupation with gaming
  • The need to spend more time playing games or to play more intensely in order to get the same level of enjoyment
  • Inability to set limits on how much time is spent gaming
  • Signs of irritability, anxiety, or anger when forced to stop gaming, even for brief periods of time
  • Using video games as a way to escape stressful situations at work or school, or conflicts at home
  • Neglect of other hobbies or friendships
  • A decline in personal hygiene or grooming
  • Eye strain or migraines from frequent screen use 
  • Sleep deprivation or trouble falling asleep
  • Symptoms of physical or psychological withdrawal, such as loss of appetite, agitation, or emotional outbursts if the game is taken away

Video Gaming Problem Signs

Most games offer an escape from reality and allow players to experience new and impossible experiences. An obsessive preoccupation with games, at the expense of real-life activities, or obligations, shares some of the characteristics of addictive behavior.

Here are a few of the key warning signs to watch for:

  • Poor performance at school, work, or household responsibilities as a result of a preoccupation with gaming
  • The need to spend more time playing games or to play more intensely in order to get the same level of enjoyment
  • Inability to set limits on how much time is spent gaming
  • Signs of irritability, anxiety, or anger when forced to stop gaming, even for brief periods of time
  • Using video games as a way to escape stressful situations at work or school, or conflicts at home
  • Neglect of other hobbies or friendships
  • A decline in personal hygiene or grooming
  • Eye strain or migraines from frequent screen use 
  • Sleep deprivation or trouble falling asleep
  • Symptoms of physical or psychological withdrawal, such as loss of appetite, agitation, or emotional outbursts if the game is taken away