Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Psychiatrist Assist. Assoc. Dr. Alptekin Çetin made an assessment on behavioral addictions.
Noting that computers and mobile phones are important triggers in game addiction, which is among the behavioral addictions, Psychiatrist Assist. Assoc. Dr. Alptekin Çetin pointed out the importance of limiting the use.
Dr. Çetin said, “In game addiction, spending intense time with friends who play games like themselves and playing online games with them can be a trigger. It is important to evaluate the time that the person allocates for play during the day.” said.
Çetin said that the most common behavioral addictions are "gambling, internet gaming, shopping addiction, internet surfing addiction, porn watching addiction, sex addiction and excessive sports addiction".
Social isolation and not having a hobby can lead to behavioral addictions
Referring to the factors that lead to behavioral addictions, Çetin said, “Being depressed during the period when the person's behavioral addiction develops, this behavior constantly recurs, having friends with similar behavior around him, being socially isolated, not having different activities and hobbies that can give him pleasure, causes the development of various behavioral addictions. it could be." he said.
Decreased self-esteem may trigger shopping addiction
Pointing out the factors that trigger shopping addiction, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Alptekin Çetin said, “Decrease in one's self-esteem, unplanned purchases, increased internet use, easier purchasing process, expectation of a change in social status with the material acquired are the factors that trigger shopping addiction.” warned.
Gambling with friends is a trigger
Çetin stated that some factors trigger gambling addiction and said:
“At first times with gambling, one's kazanThe triggering factors are gambling, gambling in a friendly environment, sending advertisements from casinos and similar gambling content sites to people.”
There should be a time limit in online games
Noting that computers and mobile phones are important triggers in game addiction, which is among the behavioral addictions, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Alptekin Çetin pointed out the importance of limiting the use here. Assist. Assoc. Dr. Alptekin Çetin said, “Having a computer of their own can be the most basic risk factor for individuals. Similarly, in young individuals, their own mobile phones can also create a basis for game addiction. Spending intense time with friends who play games like him, playing online games with them can be a trigger. First of all, it is important to evaluate the time that the person allocates for play during the day. It can cause problems for a period of time that interferes with other daily activities.” warned.
Different methods are used in the treatment of each addiction.
Noting that although similar methods are used in the treatment of behavioral addictions, different treatment techniques may be needed, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Alptekin Çetin said, “For example, while a mobile phone or computer usage time should be limited for an individual with a game addiction, store visits or credit card use may be required for a shopping addicted individual. Similar drugs can be used for drug treatments, if necessary. In addition to drug treatments, psychotherapy methods can be applied to appropriate patients. There are many different studies showing the effectiveness of behavioral therapy methods in this type of addiction.” he said.