A New Phenomenon
Video games are designed to keep the player engaged and playing infinitely. Some games can be highly addictive and can leave gamers less focused on school, family or healthy activities. Digital addiction has been defined as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organization, and parents and communities around the world are seeking solutions to this challenge. The Granato Group has developed a special focus in our practice to provide expert support for families encountering the unique mental health challenges related to excessive video game use.
Signs and symptoms of unhealthy gaming include:
Playing in secret or lying about how long has been playing
Losing interest in other activities and hobbies
Becoming irritated if unable to play
Anxiety or depression
Is your child potentially addicted to gaming?
THERAPY FOR DIGITAL ADDICTION
If your child is experiencing:
- feelings of restlessness or irritability when unable to play
- preoccupation with thoughts of previous online activity or
- anticipation of the next online session or isolation from others in order to spend more time gaming
An appointment with one of our professional team members can help your family determine the right plan for your child’s unique needs.
Recommendations for Parents:
- Create household rules with age-appropriate time limits for video game use
- Limit children’s access to devices
- Use parental controls to manage wifi access
- Seek professional help for guidance if challenges do not resolve with regular parenting techniques