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A 29 yr old man severed the tendon of his left thumb from playing a Match-3 puzzle video game on his smartphone all day for 6 to 8 weeks. This required surgery and was written up as a case study by his surgeon. The case, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, April, 2015, demonstrates two things: 1) that even simple, single-player video games on hand-held devices can be addictive, and, 2) that video games can have an analgesic effect. As the authors say, “The potential for video games to reduce pain perception raises clinical and social considerations about excessive use, abuse, and addiction. Future research should consider whether pain reduction is a reason some individuals play video games excessively, manifest addiction, or sustain injuries associated with video gaming.”

​Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT candidate

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