Anti-Depressants Used Against StarCraft Addiction

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J. DOe
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Anti-Depressants Used Against StarCraft Addiction

The article, at http://games.slashdot.org/...">http://games.slashdot.org/story/10/08/22/021243/Anti-Depressants-Used-Ag..., says:

Quote:Hope may be at hand for the poor souls addicted to video games. Recent research from South Korea has shown that a common anti-depressant, Bupropion (sold as Welbutrin, Zyban and Voxra) can 'decrease craving for Internet game play' as well as the brain activity triggered by video game cues. This is a drug often used to help quit smoking, to lose weight or to recover from drug addiction, in addition to typical anti-depressant and anti-anxiety uses.

Before anybody gets their hopes up too much, I get the impression that this research is still very preliminary. Nonetheless, it does offer hope that drugs may be used to help treat gaming addiction (although the research was done with StarCraft players, I suspect that it very likely will work with most, if not all, video game addictions). However, even if this drug (or other similar ones) is shown to help, it will not be a cure all. Instead, I believe that it will at best be an important aid to be used in addition to other tools (e.g., abstinence, 12-steps, counseling, etc.).

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Interesting

Such a thought-provoking thread. It highlights the complexities of addiction and the varied approaches to treatment. In terms of holistic wellness, considering a balanced diet can be useful. Services like kachava customer service offer guidance on nutritional products that might complement traditional treatment methods. It's always interesting to find out different strategies that support mental and physical health.

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