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St. Joseph's Care Group

Addictions & Mental Health

Addiction Treatment for Gaming

What is it?

Problematic gaming, also called video game addiction, refers to excessive gaming that causes negative consequences to a person’s life. Someone who has developed a gaming addiction prioritizes gaming accomplishments over all other activities such as spending time with friends and family, school achievement, work performance, hobbies/interests and interpersonal relationships.  If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s gaming behaviour, give us a call. We can help!

Video & Online Gaming Questionnaire
Video & Online Gaming Questionnaire*
  • Do you need to play online games with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve the desired excitement?
  • Are you preoccupied with gaming (thinking about it when offline, anticipating your next online session)?
  • Have you lied to friends and family members to conceal extent of your online gaming?
  • Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop online gaming?
  • Have you made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop online gaming?
  • Do you use gaming as a way of escaping from problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, or depression?
  • Have you jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, or even risked your marriage because of your online gaming habit?
  • Have you jeopardized a job, educational, or career opportunity because of your online gaming habit?

Answering “yes” to any of these questions may indicate problems with gaming.

If you would like help, please contact us.

*Created by Dr. Kimberly Young from The Center for Internet Addiction and


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