Let’s take a look at Gaming Disorder. What is it? Well, Gaming Disorder is impaired control over gaming, increasing the priority given to the gaming over other activities. To the point, it takes precedence over other interest and daily activities and continues, or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
I’m talking like it’s all you can think about. You eat, breath and sleep games. Maybe it has made you late for work or school. You’d rather do this over hanging out with friends in person. It’s an obsession.
I think it would be a good idea to list some steps you can do to help yourself, a family member or a friend to not let it get this far.
1. Make sure you or they are involved in other activities. Go for a walk. Do some sports if that’s what you like to do. Met up with friends and hang out. Just get out of the house and away from the games.
2. Limit how long a game is played. You can set a timer and when it goes off then it’s time to turn the game off for the day.
3. Talk with the person you’re concerned about that might have this, or if you see yourself going down this path. Is there something they’re trying to avoid?
4. Pray for them.
5. Take it away or hide the device from the person. If it is a child who’s having trouble with this addiction then, have them do chores to earn back the device. Let them know they have a time limit on how much they can play.
These are 5 things you can do to help someone with Gaming Disorder.
*Some of this information came from the World Health Organization.*
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog, you can find her writing about being an author, her faith, and family. She resides in Indiana with her loving husband and four wonderful children, dog and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.