“Help, My Son or Daughter May Be Developing a Video Game Addiction!”
By David Sanchez, MS, LPC, LCAS
“Does my child have a video game addiction?” This is a hard question to answer because every kid and situation is different, however; if you are noticing the symptoms below, or anything that seems like a problem with video games/online activity, it may be a good idea to start looking for help for your son or daughter.
Emotional symptoms of video game addiction can include:
- Feelings of irritability and/or being fidgety when unable to play
- Being preoccupied or obsessed with thoughts of previous video game or online activity or anticipation of those activities that are noticeable.
- Being deceptive or lying to family members or friends pertaining to the amount of time spent playing
- Withdrawing from other and other previously enjoyed activities in order to spend more time with video games or other online activity.
Physical signs or symptoms of video game addiction include:
- Feeling fatigue
- Poor personal hygiene and/or not eating or drinking due to video game binges
- Migraines due to obsessive focus or eye strain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome caused by the overuse of a controller or computer mouse
If your son or daughter is exhibiting some or all of these behaviors, it may be a good idea for you to schedule a consultation with a licensed therapist that specializes in this area. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me, please call me at 980-263-9608″>(980) 263-9608 or email me at [email protected]