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Starting Video game addiction counseling

What is video game addiction counseling?

Thriveworks video game addiction counseling in The Woodlands, TX 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 The Woodlands 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.

Need more help deciding?

Video game addiction is a very real addiction that plagues many people. As video games become more realistic, interactive, and global, that number is growing.

Video game addiction is no joke- it has been linked with depression, anxiety, irritation, insomnia, and migraines to name a few. But just as with other addictions, our brain has a phenomenal ability to heal. If you or someone you love is struggling with video game addiction, Thriveworks in The Woodlands can help. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, give us a call at 281-667-9790.

What Are the Symptoms of Video Game Addiction?

Symptoms of a video game addiction can include:

  • Obsessive thoughts about game, even when not playing
  • Tolerance for not-gaming hours decreases; more hours are needed to reach gaming satiety.
  • Avoidance of real-world problems such as relationships, stress, school, or transitions.
  • An over-emphasis on video games over other aspects of life such as family, friends, career, or education
  • Withdrawal symptoms when cutting or quitting gaming habits, such as irritability, moodiness, depression, or restlessness.
  • Lying to family and friends to cover up the extent of gaming habits
  • Using video gaming as an escape from difficult emotions or situations such as shame, guilt, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, depression, etc.

If you are concerned about a loved one’s gaming habits, look for these external symptoms as well:

  • Drowsiness and lethargy throughout the day.
  • Waning interest in activities and friends.
  • Unfinished school assignments.
  • Playing video games alone.
  • Lowering grades.

Just as with other mental health issues, video gaming addiction exists on a spectrum. Whether you are struggling with a mild, moderate, or severe form of internet gaming disorder, Thriveworks The Woodlands is here for you. Video gaming might feel like an escape, but really it is trapping you in a different cage. For true freedom, give Thriveworks The Woodlands video gaming addiction counselors a call.

What Causes Internet Gaming Disorder?

What causes internet gaming disorder is still being studied, but one possible factor is the way coders write video games. Video games are designed to be addicting. By utilizing, life-like characters, looping scenarios, and live role-playing options, producers ensure that people keep coming back to the games they love.

For example, in a looping narrative, every time a level is achieved, the character will get a reward. This challenge-reward loop releases dopamine in a person’s brain- the pleasure center. This process of releasing dopamine is incredibly addicting, your brain wants dopamine so it will tell you to do whatever it is you were doing when that dopamine was released. With this new use of dopamine-producing effects in video games, gaming isn’t just fun, it’s addicting.

How Can Video Game Addiction Counseling Help Me?

Behavioral addictions, such as video game addiction, or an impulse control disorder can wreak havoc in someone’s life. The addiction can take over, pushing loved ones way, developing emotional and mental health problems, and pushing your physical health to the limit. If you recognize the symptoms of video game addiction in yourself of a loved one, it’s worth reaching out. The life you live in a video game isn’t real, and there’s so much more pleasure to be found in the real world. Sometimes it will be hard, but those struggles make the better days all the more worth it.

Scheduling Video Game Addiction Counseling at Thriveworks The Woodlands

A Thriveworks in The Woodlands counselor will always meet you where you’re at. We are a nonjudgmental, client-focused practice, meaning we will always keep the focus around your goals, concerns, and doubts. We are the expert on counseling, but you are the expert on yourself. Together, we can help build a happier, more fulfilling future.

For more information on Video Game Addiction Counseling, or to schedule an appointment today, give Thriveworks The Woodlands a call at 281-667-9790. We offer evening and weekend sessions, provide in-person and online help, and accept most major insurances. Plus, new clients can often meet with their provider within the same week as scheduling.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our The Woodlands therapists and counselors accept 40 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

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Love thrive works. Works great with my schedule. And they’re so flexible
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Fast and friendly help to start . WARNING they have a strict 48 hours cancellation policy things do happen sometimes 24 hours before instead you can’t cancel and will get charged $135 anded It’s hard someone about it. Love my counselor thats it
Read more Fast and friendly help to start . WARNING they have a strict 48 hours cancellation policy things do happen sometimes 24 hours before instead you can’t cancel and will get charged $135 anded It’s hard someone about it. Love my counselor thats it
Alicia Dec 2023
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I’ve worked with Tawnie in the community and school settings and she is a pleasure to consult and work with. Her positive approach to relationships and perspective on how to work with clients help others to feel heard, validated, and acknowledged.
Read more I’ve worked with Tawnie in the community and school settings and she is a pleasure to consult and work with. Her positive approach to relationships and perspective on how to work with clients help others to feel heard, validated, and acknowledged.
The Woodlands May 2022
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Woodlands is located off Woodlands Parkway close to The Cheesecake Factory and Barnes and Noble. There is a 3 story garage behind those two stores and the closest place to park. Leave the garage and head to the back entrance of The Pottery Barn where there is a hallway with stairs and an elevator to the 2nd floor. Come through the glass doors and Thriveworks is the first office on the right!

Phone number

(281) 984-6849

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • Arabic
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