When gaming becomes the only route available to meet basic psychological needs

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When gaming becomes the only route available to meet basic psychological needs

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Addiction to video gaming can have catastrophic effects on people’s lives

MENTAL HEALTH

The reason people play games is an important and distinguishing feature of gaming addiction. This article explains how gaming draws people in by targeting several psychological needs. Guidance is also given on how to identify and help patients with gaming addiction

Key points, The six criteria for gaming addiction are based on the impact the behaviour has on the person’s life. Gaming draws people in by meeting their psycho