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Video Games - Are They Bad For Your Mental Health?

Written and reviewed by
Ms. Sheetal Bidkar 88% (75 ratings)
International Certified Addiction Professional
Psychologist, Mumbai  •  10 years experience
Video Games - Are They Bad For Your Mental Health?

Your mother must have screamed at you for playing video games for long hours but obviously, you haven’t paid attention to it. Such is the obsession with video games that they don’t let you rest, unless you have championed all the levels in the virtual world. Studies have revealed that video games have a direct relation to neurological disorders. As a result, many health experts across the world consider video game as a kind of health abuse.

People who play action-oriented video games are at higher risks to attain these problems. The more you get involved in these games, the more they are going to affect your brain. It affects your nervous system, memory, and emotion. This has a detrimental effect on your overall brain health.

Let us see some of the signs which may indicate the onset of certain complications arising from overindulgence in these games:

  1. You spend hours on the computer or related gaming devices and devote lesser hours for your family and friends.
  2. You get irritated when someone stops you midway through the game
  3. You become socially inaccessible and show signs of occasional mood swings
  4. You are unable to keep a track of time once you start playing
  5. You repeatedly neglect your studies, resulting in a dip in performance at school

Why does this happen?

All of the above signs indicate that sooner or later you might develop neurological problems. When you spend a lot of hours playing and navigating through the games, it can result in nerve-related disorders such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and overall general stress.

One of the biggest reasons behind this is the lack of self-control. Most of the video games will encourage you to steal cars, run away after a theft and kill your enemies. Moreover, if you succeed, you are rewarded. This naturally unleashes an evident urge for the accomplishment for all these awkward desires in your real life too. Hence, once you are encountered with reality, you tend to show violent behaviour.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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