OCD and Online Gaming

If you have OCD and are trying to find a way to change your focus, have you ever considered game playing? Playing video games, computer games, and online games is a good way not only to have fun, but to relax, and take your mind off the obsessions of every day life.

Online gaming can be a very fun and effective method for relieving stress and clearing the mind. However, on the other hand, it is just as easy to become addicted to gaming; sometimes to the point where gaming can become an obsession itself.

This is especially true because of the fact that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder patients spend most of their time chasing away obsessive thoughts. If you are always chasing away thoughts, you could spend way too much time gaming, thus leading to an unhealthy obsession.

Free Games

I recommend that you stick to the free game sites, they are just as fun and at least if you become addicted, you wont lose everything you have at the same time. The rule of thumb here might be that if online gaming becomes an obsession, it may be time to find something else to do with your time.
So how can online gaming benefit someone with OCD? Well, the theory is that if you can just distract your mind from thinking the obsessive thoughts than you can live without the results of the fears.

Whenever you feel an obsession or compulsive behavior begin, instead of dwelling on what you are thinking about or how you can stop thinking about it, channel your energy elsewhere.

But what if you are not familiar with online gaming? Dont fret, there are games for everyone, you just have to know where to look. Sites such as Pogo have a huge variety of fun, mind challenging games that have no violence and are good for any age group.

The Power of Positive Video Gaming

Positive video gaming can help patients deal with many life issues. Some areas that may be helped would be social recognition; sympathy and empathy and how to handle everyday issues in life. Playing games online also encourages amity and enhances reasoning and other brain functions. Keeping the brain busy on constructive activities has been known to help ward off Alzheimers, ADD, ADHD, OCD and other anxiety based behaviors as well.

Another positive tidbit is that because people with OCD, and other anxiety disorders often suffer depression, and on many occasions become social outcasts, the joy of winning at a video game, might be the “pick me up” they need to feel better about themselves. It can re-energize the spirit and make them feel good again.

And in some online gaming communities, it can lead to friendships and relationships, even with people that suffer from the same disorders. There are many forums and online chat rooms exclusively for online game players and they build relationships by helping each other through their gaming experiences. It can bring meaning to their lives. As long as the activity remains enjoyable, it may hold the key to getting your life back on track.