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Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior
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Internet-video Gaming: Symptoms, Epidemiology, Neurophysiology and Interventional Aspects

Trevor Archer1* and Kerstin Wentz1,2

1Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Box 500, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

2Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Box 414, 405 30, Gothenburg, Sweden

*Corresponding Author:
Trevor Archer
Department of Psychology
University of Gothenburg, Box 500
405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
Tel: +46 738 239423
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 26, 2017; Accepted date: June 12, 2017; Published date: June 19, 2017

Citation: Archer T, Wentz K (2017) Internet-video Gaming: Symptoms, Epidemiology, Neurophysiology and Interventional Aspects. J Child Adolesc Behav 5: 345. doi: 10.4172/2375-4494.1000345

Copyright: © 2017 Archer T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Excessive perseverance with video-internet game usage, or alternatively Internet Gaming Disorder, presents a condition that, despite the potential utility of the underlying technology, augurs an assemblage of poor health and well-being, psychiatric liability and psychosocial perturbation with concomitant regional brain disturbance accompanied by incremental and inexorable prerequisites for appropriate interventions and eventual prevention. The tendency within the pathological expressions of disorder is for vulnerability to reside among the young, e.g., adolescents, rather than the older adults, over gender. Symptom-profiles of the condition incorporate varied, allconsuming and protracted problems ranging from cognitive-affective dysfunctions to biopsychological abnormalities such as sleep disturbances and fatigue. Escalating prevalence and epidemiological entanglement describe a putative framework of loneliness, introversion, neuroticism and impulsivity interspersed with expressions of depression, anxiety, sensation seeking, anger, a singular lack of assertiveness and the hazardous indications of ADHD propensity. Neurophysiological, brain regional and biomarker modifications underlying disorder pathophysiology appear more-or-less attuned to the symptomatic expressions of both diagnosed patients and those found to use excessive gaming, unconstrained from age-level: child, adolescent or young adult. Interventional strategies have centred upon the distinction of individual symptom-profiles, the description of withdrawal symptoms and related tolerance and the administration of coping strategies and resourceful behaviors, as for example implied by the “Craving Behavioral intervention”.


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