“A gaming addiction can be as dangerous as a drug or alcohol addiction.”
That’s the claim of Camilla Poncia, a 40-year-old Chartered counseling psychologist from Bournemouth. She warned that:
“Although I don’t come across cases of gaming addiction a lot; I have only seen one case of gambling in Bournemouth. But the introduction of online gambling has the potential to make gaming addiction worse.”
Approximately 4% of teenagers have a gambling problem, states Techaddiction.com.
“There are cases of people with addiction that also develop depression and anxiety. People with anxiety and depression can also develop an addiction. People can resort to drinking from anxiety and become hooked. This can cause a person to become depressed because of their addiction.
It’s a vicious cycle. Gambling addiction is where you get hooked on a thrill, in once case I dealt with someone that couldn’t stop himself from gambling.”
Compulsive gambling is an impulsive control disorder. Compulsive gamblers cannot control the impulse to gamble.
Camilla works for the Board Reach practice in Bournemouth, her professional opinion on the matter is that:
“To overcome an addiction, you need to seek specialized addiction service. Addiction has no quick fix; you need long term support. Problems that arise in your life may bring back your addiction at any point.”
Camilla’s practice offers therapy and services at the Broad Reach Psychology website, to adults, young people, and children.