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Starting Video game addiction counseling

What is video game addiction counseling?

Thriveworks video game addiction counseling in Maumelle, AR helps people who have an obsession with playing video games as well as with internet gaming disorder. People may have mild, moderate, or severe internet gaming disorder if they struggle to control how often or how long they game. The symptoms of internet gaming disorder may include deceiving loved ones about when and how often they play, thinking constantly about gaming, and using video games as a distraction from real-world problems.

How does video game addiction counseling work?

Thriveworks video game addiction counseling in Maumelle helps those who suffer by assisting them in regaining control over video gaming. In addition, it can help them cope with the negative effects of video game addiction counseling from anxiety to depression, insomnia, and more.

Is video game addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Video game addiction counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and through Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does video game addiction counseling last?

The length of video game addiction counseling depends on the individual’s needs as well as the extent and severity of their problem and those that might stem from it. That said, people can make meaningful progress in the first weeks to months of therapy.

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Video Game Addiction Counseling in Maumelle, AR—Counselors and Therapists

Mental health professionals are still studying whether an inability to regulate one’s video game use fits the clinical definition of addiction, but they are clear about several things: Many people have a hard time stopping their game play. Many people play more often than they want. Many people try to stop gaming and cannot. Many people are forming emotional attachments to games or their avatars.

The therapists at Thriveworks Maumelle are seeing children, teens, adults who have difficulty controlling their video game habits. Help is available. Counseling techniques such as cognitive behavior therapy are proving effective at managing video game compulsion. If you or your child need help, reach out today to get started with a Thriveworks Maumelle provider.

Internet Gaming Disorder

People frequently use the term “video game addiction” to describe the same behaviors that The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) labels as “internet gaming disorder.” The DSM-5 calls for further study before categorizing it as an addition, but the symptoms it gives for internet gaming disorder have many similarities to other behavioral addictions such as gambling.

According to the DSM-5, people may struggle with mild, moderate, or severe internet gaming disorder, depending upon how many of the following symptoms they present:

  • Attempting to curb or quit gaming with no sustained change.
  • Feeling preoccupied with games and game play–thinking about them all the time, whether or not one is playing.
  • Playing longer and/or more often to feel satiated–building a tolerance to gaming.
  • Escaping challenging emotions (guilt, anxiety, fear, sadness, loneliness, boredom, and anxiety) through game play.
  • Feeling withdrawal symptoms when curbing or stopping play (feeling restless, depression, irritable, and/or moody).
  • Avoiding real-world problems or challenges by gaming.
  • Lying and deceiving about one’s video game habits.

How Does A Gaming Compulsion Form?

Mental health professionals are still searching for definitive answers on how a gaming compulsion can form, but one theory is that the narratives of video games contribute to the disorder. Social networking games, mobile games, and massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) write compulsion loops, also called core loops, into the game’s storyline.

These loops present players with a series of challenges and rewards. Each reward leads immediately into the next challenge, thus, looping players further into the game. With each reward, dopamine is also released in a player’s brain, connecting the experience of playing with pleasure.

Counseling for Gaming Disorders at Thriveworks Maumelle

As you read through the symptoms and signs of internet gaming disorder, did you recognizing any of the behaviors? In yourself? In your child? If so, you may be among the growing number of people who struggle with video game addiction. A growing number of people are also reaching out for help from mental health professionals to take back control of their gaming habits.

If you want to meet with a therapist at Thriveworks Maumelle, we have appointments available, and we see adolescents and adults. It may also be helpful to know that…

  1. Weekend and evening sessions are available.
  2. We accept many different insurance plans.
  3. There is no waitlist at our office.

Are you ready to take back control of your video game habits? We are ready to help. Contact Thriveworks Maumelle today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Maumelle therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

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Self-pay costs at Maumelle
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Talk therapy

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Ongoing sessions

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Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

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$1

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Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Maumelle reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I cannot say enough good about this place. They honestly do strive to get you in to see a practitioner quickly. And the importance of being seen soon to someone who is at a bad psychological point cannot be understated. It can, literally, mean the difference between life and death. After years of no longer being able to trust mental health providers due to so much misdiagnosis I reached out to Thriveworks. I asked for a particular practitioner, and they had me in to see her the following day. Kristy's approach was welcoming, empathetic, friendly, and down-to-earth. She did not speak down to me as a patient, but she made a comfortable effort to connect from the beginning. Gaining my trust over several weeks she was able to start showing me some things no one ever took the time to extract. She found me at the precipice of a terrible situation and worked me back from the ledge. Her input to Zack, along with his personable and empathetic personality, finally got me on medications that actually have improved my situation more than I could have ever imagined. The combination of her therapy and the medications have me, for the first time in decades, recognizing a hope for the future. All I can say is if you are that person who has lost hope and feels as though you have no purpose, let the Thriveworks team have a chance to show you a you even you didn't know existed. Without hyperbole I can honestly say I owe my life going forward to Kristy and Zack.
Read more I cannot say enough good about this place. They honestly do strive to get you in to see a practitioner quickly. And the importance of being seen soon to someone who is at a bad psychological point cannot be understated. It can, literally, mean the difference between life and death. After years of no longer being able to trust mental health providers due to so much misdiagnosis I reached out to Thriveworks. I asked for a particular practitioner, and they had me in to see her the following day. Kristy's approach was welcoming, empathetic, friendly, and down-to-earth. She did not speak down to me as a patient, but she made a comfortable effort to connect from the beginning. Gaining my trust over several weeks she was able to start showing me some things no one ever took the time to extract. She found me at the precipice of a terrible situation and worked me back from the ledge. Her input to Zack, along with his personable and empathetic personality, finally got me on medications that actually have improved my situation more than I could have ever imagined. The combination of her therapy and the medications have me, for the first time in decades, recognizing a hope for the future. All I can say is if you are that person who has lost hope and feels as though you have no purpose, let the Thriveworks team have a chance to show you a you even you didn't know existed. Without hyperbole I can honestly say I owe my life going forward to Kristy and Zack.
Maumelle Oct 2019
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★★★★★
After working with Zack for a year I would say that he is very dependable and does show concern for his patients. There is never any problem with following hospital policy. Always a good man to have on your team.
Read more After working with Zack for a year I would say that he is very dependable and does show concern for his patients. There is never any problem with following hospital policy. Always a good man to have on your team.
Maumelle Aug 2019
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★★★★★
Zacks a wonderful guy to see. He really listens to all your concerns and explains your treatment options in detail. Anyone that sees him is going to feel comfortable talking to him and not have that feeling as if your talking to a stranger.
Read more Zacks a wonderful guy to see. He really listens to all your concerns and explains your treatment options in detail. Anyone that sees him is going to feel comfortable talking to him and not have that feeling as if your talking to a stranger.
Maumelle Aug 2019
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★★★★★
I've dealt with severe anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember, and have seen multiple providers to try and get control of my emotions. I thought I was a lost cause until I found Zack. He was the first "medicine guy" that I met with that actually got me! He has a calming demeanor and had me very comfortable from the very first appointment. He's easy to work with and actually cares about how I'm feeling! Seeing Zack was the best decision I could have made. Now I'm feeling much better and finally feel like I can breathe. Thank you Zack and Thriveworks for all you do!
Read more I've dealt with severe anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember, and have seen multiple providers to try and get control of my emotions. I thought I was a lost cause until I found Zack. He was the first "medicine guy" that I met with that actually got me! He has a calming demeanor and had me very comfortable from the very first appointment. He's easy to work with and actually cares about how I'm feeling! Seeing Zack was the best decision I could have made. Now I'm feeling much better and finally feel like I can breathe. Thank you Zack and Thriveworks for all you do!
Maumelle Aug 2019
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★★★★★
I would like to thank you for helping out a family member in need. North Little Rock isn't far away and that made everything easy for a depression/anxiety patient. Office was easy to get to.
Read more I would like to thank you for helping out a family member in need. North Little Rock isn't far away and that made everything easy for a depression/anxiety patient. Office was easy to get to.
Maumelle Aug 2018
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★★★★★
Curtiss Robinson gave an excellent presentation at the Senior Services Network meeting this month. He was very engaging with the group and we all learned something to improve our relationships.
Read more Curtiss Robinson gave an excellent presentation at the Senior Services Network meeting this month. He was very engaging with the group and we all learned something to improve our relationships.
Maumelle Feb 2018
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★★★★★
We had the privilege of having Curtiss Robinson speak at our Senior Services Network lunch, he did a great job. Excellent speaker, kept everyone engaged, his message on building relationships was timely and practical.
Read more We had the privilege of having Curtiss Robinson speak at our Senior Services Network lunch, he did a great job. Excellent speaker, kept everyone engaged, his message on building relationships was timely and practical.
Maumelle Feb 2018
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★★★★★
Ms. Tenethrea Buffington is the best! I went in telling her that I didn't believe in coaching/therapy, well I was wrong. She help me in my difficult situation and I could not be more happy with where I stand with it.
Read more Ms. Tenethrea Buffington is the best! I went in telling her that I didn't believe in coaching/therapy, well I was wrong. She help me in my difficult situation and I could not be more happy with where I stand with it.
Maumelle Mar 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Maumelle is located at the intersection of Country Club Pkwy and Maumelle Road, across the street from Regions Bank. We currently share the building with David’s Burgers and are next door to the Childcare Network daycare center.

Phone number

(501) 381-1913

Languages spoken by AR providers

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