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Table 6 Rate [N (%)] of help seeking in the five waves of data collection

From: Natural course of behavioral addictions: a 5-year longitudinal study

  Wave 1 Wave 2 Wave 3 Wave 4 Wave 5 Average percent M (SD)
Any kind Professional Any kind Professional Any kind Professional Any kind Professional Any kind Professional Any kind Professional
Exercise 8 (25.0) 7 (21.9) 5 (26.3) 4 (21.1) 5 (38.5) 5 (38.5) 8 (72.7) 8 (72.7) 6 (46.2) 4 (30.8) 45.6 (20.1) 37.0 (21.2)
Sex 5 (13.2) 5 (13.2) 2 (8.0) 1 (4.0) 4 (14.3) 2 (7.1) 2 (8.0) 2 (8.0) 3 (13.0) 2 (8.7) 11.4 (2.9) 8.2 (3.3)
Shopping 6 (7.6) 4 (5.1) 9 (17.3) 4 (7.7) 3 (5.8) 3 (5.8) 6 (20.0) 4 (13.3) 2 (7.7) 2 (7.7) 10.3 (6.5) 7.9 (3.2)
Online chat 1 (4.8) 1 (4.8) 5 (25.0) 3 (15.0) 2 (15.4) 2 (15.4) 1 (7.1) 1 (7.1) 2 (18.2) 2 (18.2) 16 (10.3) 12.1 (5.8)
Video gaming 2 (8.3) 1 (4.2) 4 (16.0) 2 (8.0) 1 (4.3) 1 (4.3) 1 (5.9) 1 (5.9) 1 (7.1) 0 (0.0) 9.5 (5.9) 4.5 (2.9)
Eating No data No data 30 (33.7) 25 (28.1) 34 (37.0) 28 (30.4) 31 (38.3) 27 (33.3) 34 (47.2) 24 (33.3) 40.5 (9.5) 31.3 (2.5)
  1. Note: Professional help included assistance from a family physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, counseling service, or telephone help/hotline.