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Stimulation Addiction in Various Forms?

I am highly addicted to most forms of stimulation in my life in the areas of video games, caffeine, adhd pills, masterbation and porn, energy drinks, exercise addiction, etc. It is getting to the point where it is all I can think about is finding another level of excitement or euphoria for lack of a better term.

I am taking a lot of ADHD medication and video gaming over 7 hours a day on average and have been doing the 7 hours on average of games for over 6.5 months now. I am struggling to even stay off video games for 30 minutes. Even that amount of time is daunting to me and yet whenever I go other places where there aren't games I become upset, irritable, angry even at times, and argumentative.

I have started almost running to the bathroom and back because I don't want to miss being away from the video games for any prolonged period of time and I play them basically all day except when I literally have to go somewhere that I can't have the games with me.

I play video games during church, during a wedding, during concerts, while in class, while at home, before bed, immediately after waking up, while on the toilet, when I'm the passenger in the car, while I'm getting groceries, etc.

It is completely taking my life over.

I have clocked over 13,974 hours on one game alone. And I play up to 5-6 games total just going back and forth between them in a cyclic manner.

The duration of this behavior has been going on for as long as I have been in college and that is probably 5 years total of being on games around 7 hours a day (on average).

I feel I have lost so much of my life to games and so many opportunities and feel as if I don't get help, I may spiral into even more issues in my life.
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replied April 1st, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
These things are common in those individuals who have personality disorder. Its better to consult psychologist for psychotherapy sessions.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
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