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Video games are as bad as heroin, according to UK newspaper. UK newspaper The Sun claims Britain is 'in the grip of a gaming addiction,' but a key source from the story says they don't have their facts straight.

Video games are as bad as heroin, according to UK newspaper

(Photo : Todd Huffman) Debate over video games has long focused on depictions of violence, but what hasn't been as widely discussed is game addiction among a minority of the game playing population. The key word here is minority, something that UK-based newspaper The Sun missed in a recent investigative story. A Quiet Killer: Why Games Are So Addictive. Video game addiction and other Internet compulsive disorders mask depression, anxiety, learning disabilities. Nazra Zahri/Getty Images Video game addiction will be acknowledged for the first time in the updated edition of the American Psychological Association diagnostic manual, DSM-5, out in May.

Video game addiction and other Internet compulsive disorders mask depression, anxiety, learning disabilities

Violent video games can be as addicting as drugs, experts say. “It affects the same pleasure centers in the brain that make people want to come back," said Dr. Michael Fraser, a clinical psychologist on the upper East Side and professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. "If you look at alcoholism and Internet addiction, it's the exact same pattern of behavior," agreed Dr. Kids are among the most vulnerable to video game addiction, experts said, and may become violent when their "drug" is taken away.

"Kids can become physically and verbally abusive," said Fraser. Video game addiction does it occur if so why. Teen Arrested For Killing Brother Over 'Flappy Bird' Game. CHICAGO – Chicago Teenager arrested of killing his own brother after his brother achieved a higher score on popular game ‘Flappy Bird’.

Teen Arrested For Killing Brother Over 'Flappy Bird' Game

Ohio Teen Convicted of Killing Mother Over Video Game. A judge Monday rejected the defense that a teenage boy opened fire on his family because he was addicted to video games, convicting him of wounding his clergyman father and killing his mother after they fought over a video game.

Ohio Teen Convicted of Killing Mother Over Video Game

Lawyers for Daniel Petric, 17, didn't contest that the boy shot his parents in October 2007, but insisted his youth and video game addiction made him less responsible. But Common Pleas Judge James Burge disagreed and pointed to evidence the boy plotted the crime for weeks. Petric was convicted of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and other charges. Chinese 16-year-old allegedly murders roommate after losing League of Legends match. Games can be a source of joy and an escape, but they can also be an immense frustration.

Chinese 16-year-old allegedly murders roommate after losing League of Legends match

Chinese father hires virtual hitman to 'kill' son in online games - so he will get a job. The father paid better players to hunt son's avatarHe hoped his unemployed son would then get bored and find work By Becky Evans Published: 08:52 GMT, 8 January 2013 | Updated: 09:29 GMT, 8 January 2013.

Chinese father hires virtual hitman to 'kill' son in online games - so he will get a job

Chinese online gamer dies after three-day session. A Chinese man has died after a three-day online gaming session in which he did not sleep and barely ate, reports say.

Chinese online gamer dies after three-day session

The man reportedly lost consciousness at an internet cafe on the outskirts of the Chinese capital, Beijing. He was rushed to a clinic but could not be revived, the Beijing Times said. The 30-year-old man, who was not identified, was said to have spent more than 10,000 yuan ($1,500; £928) on gaming in the month before his death. China has more than 450 million internet users, and online games - which can involve multiple users role-playing in a virtual world - are particularly popular with young men. Researchers say tens of millions of Chinese people - many of them teenagers - are addicted to internet gaming, despite curbs introduced by the authorities aimed at tackling the problem.

Similar deaths have occurred in other nations. People Who Died Playing Video Games. In 2007, a 26-year-old man, surnamed Zhang, from Northeast China, died of heart failure after a week-long marathon of online gaming during a national holiday.

People Who Died Playing Video Games

Which really, whenever there actually is a national holiday anywhere in the world, before we make our "outside" plans, we, as a society, make our gaming plans. This guy planned his weekend right. He just wasn't really "in the right shape" to do it. Confessions of a video games addict. Soon, the games started to take over.

Confessions of a video games addict

I really found it hard to do anything else. By the time Xbox Live came out, many of us were completely hooked. We would play every evening. I started to skip school to play Xbox. South Korea Gaming Curfew to Battle Video-Game Addiction. Ever since Yoon Hyuk-joo, a 16-year-old in Seoul, started playing the popular computer game StarCraft eight years ago, studying has taken the backseat.

South Korea Gaming Curfew to Battle Video-Game Addiction

For six hours every day in dim, smoky Internet cafés known in the South Korean capital as "PC Bangs," Yoon leads a squad of soldiers in Battlefield Online and then maims the undead in Counter-Strike: Zombies. South Korea couple tried over dead 'web neglect' baby. A South Korean couple have gone on trial charged with allowing their baby daughter to starve to death while they played an online computer game. S Korean dies after games session. A South Korean man has died after reportedly playing an online computer game for 50 hours with few breaks. The 28-year-old man collapsed after playing the game Starcraft at an internet cafe in the city of Taegu, according to South Korean authorities.

The man had not slept properly, and had eaten very little during his marathon session, said police. Multi-player gaming in South Korea is extremely popular thanks to its fast and widespread broadband network. Games are televised and professional players are treated, as well as paid, like sports stars. Gaming to death: What turns hobby into health hazard? While these cases are extremely rare, it does beg the question of why gaming can lead to such excessive behavior. I have spent nearly three decades studying videogame addiction and there are many studies published in both the medical and psychological literature showing that very excessive gaming can lead to a variety of health problems that range from repetitive strain injuries and obesity, through to auditory and visual hallucinations and addiction.

I have to stress that there is lots of scientific research showing the many educational and therapeutic benefits of playing but there is definitely a small minority of gamers that develop problems as a result of gaming overuse. But what is it that makes gaming so compulsive and addictive for the small minority? For me, addiction boils down to constant reinforcement, or put more simply, being constantly rewarded while playing the game. How Video Game Addiction Can Destroy Your Life. The withdrawal made Brett want to die. The 12-year-old had only been cut off for a few hours, and his mind was already wandering to a dark and dangerous place. Looking out the window of his family's three-story home in Wassenaar, a suburb of the Hague, in the Netherlands, the American transplant imagined swan-diving out of his room and falling to the ground below, with his skull cracking open against the pavement. A grim death, sure, but at the time he felt anything had to be better than not being allowed to play Counter-Strike.

Brett's father had retrofit a metal lock on his Celeron computer to prevent his son from gaming. When it was locked, the Celeron's data cable was disconnected from its hard drive so it couldn't turn on, preventing Brett from gunning down digital assailants. "I remember thinking, It's probably very unnatural for someone to go from thinking about killing themselves to enjoying themselves in the span of 30 minutes," the now 23-year-old told me ten years later.

The psychology of video game addiction. Signs and Symptoms of Video Game Addiction – Causes and Effects. Although it is not yet recognized by the American Medical Association as a diagnosable disorder, video game addiction is a very real problem for many people. According to the University of New Mexico, recent studies suggest that 6 to 15 percent of all gamers exhibit signs that could be characterized as addiction. Video Game Addiction.

Problem gambling. Problem gambling (or ludomania, but usually referred to as "gambling addiction") is an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is often defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler's behavior. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs. The DSM-5 has re-classified the condition as an addictive disorder, with sufferers exhibiting many similarities to those who have substance addictions. Signs and Symptoms of a Gambling Addiction – Causes and Effects. Gambling is one of the most insidious of human vices, as it presents the illusion of easy money yet can quickly lead to financial ruin.

The odds are never in your favor whether it is poker, blackjack or anything else; gambling is a successful industry because the house always wins. Read on to find out about the symptoms, causes and effects of gambling addiction. Video Game Addiction: Does It Occur? If So, Why?