If he becomes irritable and aggressive when forced to leave a game, he’s escalated to an addiction level.
These behaviors jeopardize Steve’s school performance and relationships because he chooses to spend time online instead of studying and socializing with friends.
He lies to cover up his use, uses online activities to deal with depression and may gain weight or have wrist pain. Get serious help.
No matter what the “substance” is, be it drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping or video games, these are signs of addiction.
Digital addiction is just as real as alcoholism. It can also be a symptom of depression and anxiety, social phobias or social skills deficits.
Evaluate Steve to determine the reasons for his addiction to create and effective treatment plan.
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