While most people associate addiction with substances, such as drugs or alcohol, doctors recognize addictive behaviors as well. Here’s a criteria.

1.The person needs more and more of a substance or behavior to keep him going.

2. If the person does not get more of the substance or behavior, he becomes irritable and miserable.

Some doctors say that compulsive gaming meets these criteria.

Kids become angry, violent, or depressed. If parents take away the computer, their child sits in the corner and cries, refuses to eat, sleep, or do anything.

The Psychological Factor

Unlike with substance abuse, the biological aspect of video game addiction is uncertain.

Research suggests gambling elevates dopamine, and gaming is in the same category.

But there’s more to addiction than brain chemistry. Even with alcohol, it’s not just physical. There’s a psychological component to the addiction.