Brad Byrd In-Depth: Dr. Cady on gaming disorder

Brad - Getting on your phone and playing Candy Crush, spending a big chunk of your day on social media, binge watch a must see tv series. With today's technology...you can do it all...but is it doing you harm? Joining me is Dr. Louis Cady, a psychiatrist and founder of the Cady Wellness Institute in Newburgh. It’s always good to see you Dr. Cady. Why is that so significant?

Dr. Cady – it’s really interesting, Brad. Internet Gaming Disorder – IGD, needed further study.  Internet out of it – simply gaming disorder.  Can game on a phone

Brad – Short form here, addiction…

Dr. Cady – It can become an addiction. When you look at people who alcoholics, drug addicts, can’t stop even if there are consequences withdrawal if it’s removed

Brad – no names that we need. Give me some examples

Dr. Cady – addicted to playing video games. He took a hatchet and set about hatcheting his way into the closet to retrieve his video game.

Brad – Dopamine a chemical in our bodies

Dr. Cady – happy neuro-chemicals in the brain. Feel good, pleasure chemical in the brain. Cocaine, stimulant medication when it gambling

Dr. Cady – You get a little dopamine hit.

Brad – When you get a Facebook like

Dr. Cady – Playing video games causes you to release as much dopamine in your brain as cocaine

Males. Teens to adults. Asians have a higher proportion of gaming addiction.

Brad – spend too much time on this, I’ll admit that. Binge-watching. House of Cards. Game of Thrones

Dr. Cady – When you watch House of Cards. Do you enjoy it?

Brad – I did about 14 seasons of NCIS and . My wife and I watch Stranger Things.

Dr. Cady – I think anytime you are doing something that gives you pleasure. You’re releasing dopamine in the brain. And you watch another one. And your dopamine level goes up. Almost go in to withdrawal.

Brad – Where do we draw the line then as far as gaming is concerned? When do you intervene and how do you do that?

Dr. Cady – I was talking with a mother, and she says she turns off her wifi at 9 p.m. That’s one way to do it. In terms of what you should be monitoring, is your child or significant other withdrawing from life, withdrawing from you, are they losing themselves in a virtual reality? Do they get irrationally angry when you say “you really should cut back.”

Brad – Before we sign off, you had a book you wanted to mention.

Dr. Cady – This is a great book by Adam Alter called “Irrestibile.” This book really got my attention. One of my friends told me this was  a life changing book because he didn’t know how addicting gaming was.

 

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(This story was originally published on Jan. 4, 2018)

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