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PUBG,Netflix, gaming and porn addicts falling back into old habits, NIMHANS doctors are worried

Get motivated to Quit Gaming, PUBG, porn or Netflix watching habit

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Locking down the country may have proved effective in controlling the spread of corona virus, but mental health specialists are saying the lock down has led to more cases of “device or gaming addiction".

Are you one of them? Or your kids are staying in front of screen for long?

Then this post is for you. Do you know PUBG is extremely violent, can effect your sleeping pattern, mental and physical health.

Iraq's parliament on Wednesday voted unanimously to ban the popular but brutal online game Player Unknown's Battlegrounds for "inciting violence" in the war-torn country.
Often likened to the blockbuster book and film series "The Hunger Games", PUBG game pits marooned characters against one another in a virtual fight to the death.
It is ubiquitous in Iraq, which has been ravaged by decades of consecutive conflicts -- most recently the three-year battle against the Islamic State militant group.
On Wednesday, In Iraq lawmakers with the approval of all people voted to block video games which encourage violence.
Specifically naming PUBG and  Fortnite, among other gaming options, lawmakers said "the games threaten social security, morals, civics and education" in the society.

Even Doctors at one of India’s premier mental health institutions, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru, said they are seeing a sharp spike in gadget addiction among patients.
The Services for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at NIMHANS specializes in dealing with the hazards of excessive use of technology.
Dr Manoj Sharma, clinical psychologist who runs the clinic, said,
             “The addiction levels have gone up by 30 per cent.”

Dr Sharma, who has treated more than 300 patients through the clinic set up in 2014, said the impact of being cooped at home with not too many activities has resulted in some patients regressing.
“Several of my patients who had shown significant changes after slowly weaning them off gadgets, have used the lock down to go right back to where they started. Many do not want to be counselled over phone and anxious parents have been calling me to find a solution to control their (children’s) behaviour,” said Sharma.
Most of Sharma’s patients largely fall in the age group of 16-20 years, and are hooked to pornography or games such as PUBG, FIFA and Counter-Strike.
If it’s not gaming or porn, it’s social media and watching movies/TV series/video content or a combination of all that people have been getting addicted to as they wait out the pandemic in their homes.
Get motivated to Quit Gaming, PUBG,porn or Netflix watching habit

Dealing with addiction

Among the cases is a 15-year-old who, the doctor said, had started gaming at the age of 11. Sharma said the teen’s parents had been pretty submissive to their child’s demands, which has negatively impacted the parent-child relationship.
“He (the teen) was so preoccupied with gaming that it began affecting his academics and physical activities. The worried parents forced him into rehabilitation, and this worsened his relationship with his parents. He would spend close to six-eight hours gaming,” Dr Sharma explained.
Soon after the lock down began, the teen was forced to return home as the clinic had to be closed. The patient now has become quite aggressive towards his parents and exhibits negative emotions as well.

In another case, a 16-year-old became addicted to the PUBG game, and was spending up to seven hours a day on it.
Dr Shailaja Shastri, a Bengaluru-based child psychologist who works with several city schools, said while there has been an increased engagement with gadgets during the lock down, there needs to be a check on what it’s being used for.
“To call it an addiction, there are a few parameters. Whether it is mindless viewing, is the usage of the gadget purely for recreation and non-stop? As a parent, I need to watch out for this. If fulfills these parameters, it is a cause of concern. Parents should also work towards regulating it by setting up a routine,” Shastri said.

Healing through the telephone

SHUT clinic addresses such cases on a regular basis.
According to Sharma, since the lock down limits patients’ access to the clinic, they contact him over mail or phone to seek counselling.
“Normally, we would counsel eight to nine children a week who were addicted to gaming and gadgets. But during the lock down, the numbers have increased from 10-12 cases a week. There has also been a marked increase of telephonic sessions, which was not the case earlier,” Sharma explained.
However, there are also many cases where the patient is reluctant to be counselled. For such cases, Dr Sharma advises parents to set strict time limits on their children’s access to gadgets.
“I have received calls from the family to say that he has been spending nine to ten hours playing the game. While we do try to counsel over phone, many do not like that. So we advise family members to control the amount of time the gadget is given to the patient, involve them in indoor games and also encourage them to practice yoga and relaxation techniques,” Sharma said.

Psychological gratification

Tech addicts, if not gaming, gravitate towards online platforms like Netflix and YouTube. And the trouble isn’t just with teenagers or young adults only. Sharma said there has been a marked increase in the addiction among adults also — nearly 15 per cent of patients at the SHUT clinic are between 30-40 years of age and are addicted to gaming and porn.
Sharma said this kind of addiction is characteristically similar to alcoholism. While there may not be physical withdrawal symptoms, it is the psychological cost of the addiction that is alarming, and sometimes even proves to be fatal.
“Every time they play a game, their brain triggers the release of a hormone called dopamine, which makes them feel pleasure/happiness. So they go back to the same activity again and again to find gratification. It reaches the point they become completely reliant on the game or website. If you try to get them away from it, they become aggressive and, in extreme cases, suicidal,” said Sharma.

The cases they largely see at SHUT are related to gaming, parental distress, pornography, couple distress, managing body pain due to excessive use of gadgets and distracting children from technology.
Get motivated to Quit Gaming, PUBG, porn or Netflix watching habit

So, everyone reading this don't be an addict. Quitting any old habit must be quite difficult for everyone but stay with me, keep yourself and your family motivated and don't waste your precious time in these type of activities. In fact, you can do exercise or yoga at home to stay healthy and fit.

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