IT man can’t take eyes off the screen

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - MU BAI - Anagha Sawant

In order to make bet­ter use of time and to cut down on trav­el­ling from his house to his work­place at And­heri, an IT pro­fes­sional chose to work from home. How­ever, after a few days, he ended up spend­ing a ma­jor chunk of his time playing on­line games in­stead of work­ing.

When the 27-year-old Suresh Rao (name changed), a south Mumbai res­i­dent was on the verge of los­ing his job, he took coun­selling ses­sions for bet­ter men­tal health and de-ad­dic­tion to on­line gam­ing. He now plays for only half an hour or one hour a day. Rao has been pre­scribed with medicines and is still un­der­go­ing coun­selling.

Ac­cord­ing to Rao’s psy­chol­o­gist, they have been re­ceiv­ing cases of on­line gam­ing ad­dic­tion a bit too fre­quently. There is at least a new case ev­ery week. The pa­tients be­long to dif­fer­ent age groups and pro­fes­sions. Also, most of these pa­tients show is­sues re­lated to be­havioural changes, the psy­chol­o­gist added.

Dr Sa­gar Mun­dada, a psy­chol­o­gist at Health Spring, also re­ceives a new case of

Rao is on medicines for his im­pul­sive be­hav­iour. While we can’t cut down on his gam­ing time, we have re­duced it. He is bet­ter Dr Sa­gar Mun­dada, Psy­chol­o­gist, Health Spring

on­line gam­ing ad­dic­tion ev­ery week. Speak­ing about Rao’s case, Dr Sa­gar, said, “He wanted to cut down on travel time and chose to work from home. But, while he was work­ing from home, he spent most of his time on on­line games like PUBG. Such games re­quire mul­ti­ple play­ers, Rao had be­come very com­pet­i­tive and be­havioural changes were no­ticed in him. His urge to play on­line games was ir­re­sistible”

Rao now uses a 2G net­work phone for daily use. Dr Mun­dada said, “The pa­tient is on medicines for his im­pul­sive be­hav­iour. While we can’t cut down on his gam­ing time com­pletely, we have re­duced it and he is re­cov­er­ing. We have done eight ses­sions. He is aware of the cons of his ad­dic­tion.”

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