Medical Mutual Rehab and Video Game Addiction Coverage
A recent study using diagnostic MRIs showed that brain activity in teenagers and young adults who are unable to control their video gaming is similar to the brain activity of people addicted to drugs and gambling. This shows that despite the its omission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th. Edition, the condition is real. Even so, it may be difficult to qualify for Medical Mutual Video Game Addiction Coverage.
People suffering from video game addiction may be using the games to avoid facing problems in their lives. Rather than socializing, playing sports or studying, adolescents with video game addiction may become increasingly withdrawn as they immerse themselves in the fantasy world of their games. Adults may use the games as a way to avoid working out problems in relationships. The desire to play games may jeopardize their jobs and relationships with family and friends. Regardless of their age, video game addicts find it difficult to stop playing, to the point where they may neglect personal hygiene and even eating or sleeping.
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Symptoms of video game addiction include:
- Lying about the amount of time spent gaming
- Anxiety or depression
- Irritability when not gaming or trying to cut down on gaming
- Inability to concentrate or focus on other activities
- Increasing social isolation
- Neglecting hobbies or activities that the gamer formerly enjoyed
The majority of video game addicts are males under 30, but women and girls are not immune. Video game addicts are often highly intelligent and usually have great imaginations, which contributes to immersion in the game world.
Parents concerned about video game addiction should keep track of the problems that result from gaming and log the time their children are allowed to play. Frequent, inappropriate or strong reactions to limits placed on gaming may be a sign of a serious problem. Parents or adults who suspect video game addiction should seek professional help.
Rather than submit a claim for Medical Mutual video game addiction coverage, which is unlikely to be paid, anyone who suspects they may be addicted to video games should work with a medical professional who can recommend a course of treatment. Depending on the policy, Medical Mutual video game addiction coverage is minimal or non-existent, so the patient may need to work with their physician to develop a diagnosis for a similar issue such as depression or behavioral problems that is eligible for coverage.