I constantly use gaming to escape the stress of real life. When I face even the slightest difficulty in life, I shut myself out from the world and just play a lot of games (sometimes 24 hours straight). I had many days where I woke up, play game until I am too hungry to continue, then I eat whatever stuff I can find (usually unhealthy) and then go back to gaming until I am too exhausted to stay awake, then I would go to sleep and wake up to repeat the whole process again. While gaming, I don't have any desire to have any social contact with friends in real life, and have zero interest in anything else, even if it's something that I usually really enjoy, like traveling or reading.
I am currently doing my PhD, obviously it's not going great because of gaming. I am pretty smart, and I always come up with something last minute so that I can pass without getting kicked out or anything. But I know I have been wasting my potential away by spending 80% of my waking time playing games, and that I am denying myself of a more successful and fulfilling life, both professionally and in my personal realtionships. It's been like this since I was in elementary school, video gaming has been my biggest source of fun, and it's so hard to turn away from it because it will be like taking the most enjoyable part out of my life.
I tried to limit my time playing, but it never works, 30 minutes turn to 1 hour which turns into 2 hours, 10 hours, a day, a week and a month. Many many months of my life just split away from me. I obsolutely want to stop this obssesive habit, and I am asking for help from this forum, anything would be greatly appreciated!