What Are Signs of Video Game Addiction? Anger & Rage

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

The On-Line Gamers Anonymous website (http://www.olganon.org) points out that some withdrawal symptoms that gamers can experience are very real and can be very extreme. I have experienced most of these symptoms in the height of my addiction to video games.

Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Anger and verbal abuse.
  • Feelings of emptiness, depression, or relief.
  • Disruption of sleep pattern.
  • Fantasies and dreams about the game.
  • The urge to go back to gaming and try to control the time.
  • Obsessing about the game for long periods of time.
  • Rampant, uncontrolled mood swings.
  • Excessive crying, fear, irritability, or restlessness.
  • Sadness, loneliness, or boredom.
  • Inability to find new activities or interest.
  • Lack of motivation or direction.
  • Excessive amounts of time spent sleeping.
  • Difficulty facing obligations.
  • Procrastination by using video games.
  • Feeling as though returning to gaming will solve problems.
  • Physical symptoms such as nausea, allergies, colds, hemorrhoids, dry eyes, urinary incontinence, and constipation.
  • Restless, unfulfilling, and taunting dreams.

Watch the following videos showing gamers with extreme rage and anger when they do not have access to their World of Warcraft accounts.

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