Dr. O’Hara also works with all forms addictive processes including alcohol, drugs, sex, video gaming addictions and pathological gambling.
Dr. O’Hara utilizes cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and existential therapeutic approaches to help individuals overcome these treatable conditions. By working closely with psychiatrists and other mental health professionals nationally and internationally, with over 30 years of colleagues and networking Dr. O’ Hara is able to help people access the specific treatment services they require and has numerous resources for the finest medical and crisis intervention in the country.
Video Gaming Addictions and “Fear of Missing Out”
People living in the world today are the “pioneers” of the computer age. Many Americans remember and know of a time without smart phones and computers and a simpler, slower way of life. Younger people have never known a time without it. Digital and media technology helps us simplify our lives, save time and resources and get many things completed with greater accuracy helping us be incredibly efficient. The downside, especially with younger people is the need to be ever “connected” to media and as a result the world is moving faster, and people with it, to keep up with the digital age.
As a result Dr. O’Hara works with Video Gaming Addiction with children, adolescents and young adults in treatment to help them create computer and screen time balanced lifestyle and also avoid the Obsessive-Compulsive use of screens and apps that lead to FOMO “Fear Of Missing Out” and the need to be constantly connected. Young people unable to balance computer use end up frustrated, anxious, irritable and depressed. Excessive Video Gaming Addiction in some young people is linked to future Pathological Gambling and “Hooking Up” on dating website leads to indiscriminate and high risk sexual activity in some, not all younger people.