When I was a child I had a bad case of separation anxiety. Whenever I would go away on a school camp I would get horrid anxiety resulting in nausea, anxiety attacks and other such symptoms of a panic attack. I am not sure if this is related to this study, as I only had these in primary school and they have not affected me since I first entered high school (Australian education system).
What Gaming Means To Me
I believe it is the distraction. That is, to be transported to a different world where your concerns that exist in real life do not transition over to the game world. A plane of existence in which one can immerse and absorb themselves in the culture and story of the game, or even the gameplay mechanics. There have been times however through severely stressful times (such as a break up or the loss of a loved one) when I have found that I shun games and do not feel like playing them, but these are times of extreme distress.
I'm a psychiatry doctor and passionate gamer. I run a resource called prescriptionpixel.com - an interface between video games and mental health.
This is a space for gamers to safely share their feelings, access personalised resources, and seek help without judgement or stigma.