Finally, the world of psychology is starting to recognize video gaming addiction as a real problem and moving away from the notion that it can be fixed by just turning the game off. There hasn’t been much research in this field yet, but some studies have shown that gaming addiction can hamper the emotional, social and academic growth of adolescents.
Just like with every other addiction, gaming addiction also requires a specialized therapy program, which can help individuals beat their condition and learn to live a healthier life. This is exactly what our wilderness therapy program is designed to do. It can help adolescents deal with gaming, sex, internet porn, and cybersex addiction.
Before help can be offered to the teens with gaming addiction, it is the parents’ job to correctly recognize if their children have an addiction to video games. We have listed some signs of gaming addiction below, which can help parents determine whether their child is addicted or not. There are two types of gaming addiction signs, emotional and physical, both of which are listed below:
The first thing that parents should remember is to treat their kid’s gaming addiction like any other addiction, which means that it should not be taken lightly. Here are some emotional signs that are present in a teenager addicted to gaming:
Emotional signs may be a bit difficult to observe in teenagers, but the following physical signs will be relatively easier to spot:
If you observe any of the aforementioned signs in your child, then contact us (800.584.4629) and learn about your next step. Enrolling your kids into our program can not only help them beat their addiction, it can also help them utilize their efforts in a positive activity.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.