The key points in a nutshell.

Media addiction is a serious illness that can have a significant impact on the lives of those affected and those close to them. Excessive and constant use of media, such as computer games and online services, can quickly lead to an addiction that significantly changes everyday life.


A sudden change in behavior, a loss or change in interests, a drop in performance and a general deterioration in mental health can be signs of media addiction. It is crucial to recognize these signs and seek professional help if necessary.


The addiction counseling center can help you reshape your life through individual discussions with experts. Therapy options and how to deal with authorities and relatives are discussed.


The counseling sessions can be flexibly adapted to your individual needs and can take place over the phone, in person or online. As a rule, such counseling is free of charge.


Both those affected and concerned relatives are equally welcome. Relatives can find additional information in the section for relatives.


Important: The experts with whom you have contact in the addiction counseling service are bound by legal confidentiality. If you wish, counseling can also take place completely anonymously.


For quick access to counseling, please use our counseling center finder.

Who is eligible for addiction counseling?

The self-test on media use from the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) (German) is a very specific tool that can be found online.

The test includes a series of questions about your media use, such as:

  1. Do you feel you should spend less time with media? 
  2. Have you ever tried to reduce your screen time but failed? 
  3. Do you spend a lot of time on activities related to media use? 
  4. Have you been pulled out of your thoughts about the internet, computer games or television? 
  5. Do you feel like you need to spend more and more time with media to feel satisfied or happy? 
  6. Have you ever lied to other people to hide how much time you actually spend with media? 
  7. Have you ever put yourself in danger or even caused an accident due to excessive media use? 

Please note: This is not an official diagnostic procedure. It can only be an initial indicator of whether it would be advisable to seek professional help. If media addiction is suspected, it is always advisable to contact a specialist counseling center.

Further information

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