Video Game Addiction Counselors

Video game addiction is not yet officially recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a disorder, as it states that more research is needed. However, it is recognized as a problem that shares characteristics with other addictive behaviors:

  • Poor performance at school, work, or household responsibilities directly as a result of a preoccupation with gaming
  • Irritability, anxiety, or sadness when unable to play games
  • An increase in tolerance or a need to play games for longer and longer periods of time
  • Loss of interest in other hobbies that were once enjoyed
  • Deception of others in order to play games
  • Damaged relationships with others due to excessive playing
  • Experiencing anxiety, anger, or other negative emotions while playing but being unable to quit

Enjoying video games does not mean a person is addicted. However, if the above symptoms are familiar to you and gaming has caused functional problems in various areas of your life, you may want to seek help.

Scott Shippert, LCPC
Individual Psychotherapy

Scott Shippert is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) that has experience working with a wide variety of people in both agency and private practice settings. He has worked with all ages and assisted clients with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, chronic mental illness, and relationship problems. Scott is a solution-focused and person-centered counselor that will help you to reach your goals and measure your progress. He will also strive to increase self-reflection and will challenge you to challenge yourself. He has a strong belief that you are the expert in your own life and are capable of making and maintaining change.

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Naperville, IL 60563

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