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Study Shows Children with Autism are at Higher Risk for Video Game Addiction

Study Shows Children with Autism are at Higher Risk for Video Game Addiction

  According to a recent study conducted by the University of Missouri (MU), autistic children are spending more time watching television or playing video games than children without the disorder. The study also found that children diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) were significantly more prone to developing patterns of video game abuse or addiction. ASD, also simply referred to as Autism, is the term given to a group of complex neural development disorders, with varying grades … Read entire article »

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Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

  In May, a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is scheduled to be released, and experts hope that it will recognize video game addiction. Hilarie Cash runs Seattle-based Restart, one of the few rehab centers that treat internet and video-game addiction in North America. According to Cash, “People’s lives completely fall apart, and there are people who die from it.” (CBC News, 2013) Though these extreme cases are a … Read entire article »

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Video Game Addiction Affecting Teenage Brains

Video Game Addiction Affecting Teenage Brains

A recent study on adolescents shows that teens who play more than nine hours of video games a week seem to have a larger reward center in the brain than those who play less than nine hours. Although they cannot determine if videogames are the cause of this area in the ventral striatum being larger and more active, there seems to be correlation between this reward center and frequent gaming. This region of the brain … Read entire article »

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Compulsive Computer Usage; Is it a Real Addiction?

Compulsive Computer Usage; Is it a Real Addiction?

What really is cause for something being labeled an addiction and what is the actual criterion for certain behaviors to fit into the definition of an unhealthy habitual action? As human beings it seems that almost anything can become an unhealthy action to a degree, anything consumed or done in extreme over and over again can transfer into an obsession and thus has the ability to cut us off from reality as well as … Read entire article »

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Addicted to Fantasy

The first glimpse I had of my dad’s addictive behavior was when he got hooked on my very first Playstation game. Spyro was a 3-D adventure game that puts the gamer in control of a dragon seeking to restore his species from the evil tyrant, Gnasty Gnorb. Being 10 years old, I was drawn to the fantasy and excitement of the somewhat simple game. However, there would be times when I would arrive home from school only to see my dad beating a new level of the game. Although we were a Gnasty Gnorb defeating team, I became upset when he would play the game without me. 10 years later, I have knowledge of my dad’s drug addiction. Being a drug addict myself, I can see he wasn’t trying to take … Read entire article »

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Addicted to Facebook

Facebook, a social networking site that was launched February 2004, has more than 500 million active users as of July 2010. The premise of Facebook stems from the book of photos freshman receive during university orientation from administrations to help students get to know each other better. I created my Facebook when I entered college, but it has not become common place for everybody to have one. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends, share events, upload photos, and join networks organized by workplace, school, or college. However, for some, this activity can lead to addiction. Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD) has been labeled as a new mental health disorder by psychologists in the United States. Professor Dr. Mohamad Hussain Habil, director of Universiti Malaya Centre of … Read entire article »

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Video Games: An All Star Addiction

Quinn Pitcock, now a Seattle Seahawks football player, used to be an Ohio State All-American defensive tackler. He was a well known player and loved by his teammates. When he was playing for Ohio State, he quit after just one season. He didn’t disclose any information of why he quit in 2008. He recently told Tacoma-News Tribune that he ended his career as a professional football player to play video games. Addiction comes in all different shapes, sizes, and aspects. Whether it is the typical alcoholic who cannot seem to put the bottle down or the video game addict who can’t seem to put the controller down, addiction destroys lives. For Pitcock, his way of dealing with life was by playing video games. He had it all going for him, … Read entire article »

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