Talk therapy helped 70% of gaming addicts break free from the screen in a new study

Mail Online | 7/9/1999 | Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For
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If you think you can't tear yourself - or your partner, child or friend - away from Fortnite, Minecraft or Candy Crush, there might be hope in talk therapy, a small new study suggests.

Computer and internet gaming was added to psychiatrists' diagnostic manual as a 'condition for further study' in 2013 and as many as four percent of gamers are hooked, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) estimates.

Disorder - Psychologists - Psychiatrists - Way

The disorder is new and controversial enough that psychologists and psychiatrists are still puzzling out the best way to treat it.

Talk - or cognitive behavioral - therapy has been suggested and, according to a Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz study, it may do the trick for 70 percent of addicted men.

Screens - Hours - Day

Screens consume over 11 waking hours of the average American's day.

If you play games, your apt to be on the upper end of the screen time bell curve.

Gaming - Addict - Screen - Hours - Sleeping

And if you're a gaming addict, your screen may well be taking up the hours you once would've spent sleeping, too.

Nearly 70 percent of Americans - or 211 million people in the US - play video games.

Device - Platform

Over half of them play on more than one device or platform.

And if four percent meet the criteria for addiction, then 8.4 million Americans are hooked on video games.

Population - Virginia - People

That's about the population of Virginia, plus another 400,000 people.

As noted by the 'psychiatrist's Bible,' the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM-5), gaming addiction still needs better study to be fully defined.

Symptoms - Addiction - Thick - Text - Gambling

Currently, its established symptoms are fairly generic, and similar to those of the only other 'behavioral addiction' listed in the thick text: gambling addiction.

It's under consideration alongside the broader category of internet addiction.

Psychiatrist - Psychologist - Addiction - Person

A psychiatrist or psychologist might suspect gaming addiction if a person - typically male, and young - is...
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