ADDerWorld is a great website – clik here-for us with ADD or ADHD. Three current topics caught my eye – addiction to games, can’t clean room, and self flogging.
I was addicted to computer games, war games, loved them. Fun, challenging, sense of mastery, doesn’t really matter if you don’t do well, escape from real life. Problem was I was out of control, wasting too many hours, not getting work done, preoccupied with them when I wasn’t playing – “What if I try this next time; bet I’ll score higher.”
Tried all kinds of good strategies to deal with this; none of them worked. Finally I applied The Grand Strategy, The Drastic Strategy- erased all the games from my computer and threw away the disks. Heartbreaking, but it worked.
confession – I occasionally play freecell on my wifes computer, but can quit after one game, and can go days without it. I used to play online poker, but only on vacations. And I have a gameboy with chess, but only for vacations also. So far, not a problem, but needs watching.
Anahi Ortiz MD on medications clik here
puryear on Ritalin clik here
puryear on drugs ( a biased rant) clik here