Is Your Child's Video Gaming Getting Out of Hand?
Here's what I ask my patients:
Are you worried that gaming could be ruining their future?
Are you concerned about what games are doing to their brain?
If you're worried about any of the above, as a parent, I encourage you to trust your instincts. Video game addiction is a real disease, and causes real problems. These problems can manifest as failing grades, social isolation, increased irritability, or, even a general disinterest in the world around them.
You aren’t alone in your concerns. I’ve talked to hundreds of parents who are worried about their child’s future. Schools, pediatricians, and even psychiatrists don’t know how to help them.
Parents, this is avoidable.
It feels like an uphill battle because it is.
And, here's why.
So, here's my answer.
I've worked with dozens of gamers to rebuild their lives.
It can be a 3-5 year process, because they have missed the boat on things like medical school applications or internships. Meanwhile, they have grown more isolated from their family and friends. Around the age of 22, the gamers I've worked with realize they have a problem when they find themselves on academic probation, barred from graduating from college with no real-world experience, failing grades and no social support.
As one gamer put it:
"As someone who was most definitely suffering from addiction to certain games many years ago before it was really recognized, for me it was like this.
Have a very important, stressful thing I need to do > ignore it and play game because it's an escape/stress relief > associate game with happy fun times > life deteriorates because I'm not doing anything but playing game > escape from this fact by playing more of game.
The difference was that my life didn't suck and therefore I played a lot of games, my life was actively getting worse because I was ignoring responsibilities/not taking any steps to fix things in life... because I was gaming instead. I was picking it up to ignore life, to get those dopamine hits, and to make myself feel better, but all it was doing was making things worse. Much the same way an addict will reach for a needle because things are hard or stressful, I would do that for games. And, just like a drug addict discovers when the high goes away? When I logged off, shit hadn't magically gotten better. So then I had a choice... either do the hard thing and work to fix it, or pretend it wasn't there and play games all day and night instead.
Took me a while to kick, had to give up a few games to do it and really focus on education/work for a couple years. But now I'm back to being a gamer, just one who puts life and work before games."
This program is designed to help you and your child regain control.
I put this course together to help parents understand their child and empower themselves to establish healthy gaming habits.
If you are simply wanting to control your child, this is not for you. If you want to be a constructive partner in your child's future success, then it's crucial to understand the psychology of gaming and a bit about addiction psychiatry. My goal in this course is to break the parent vs. child + video game cycle, and, instead, put you on the same team as your child.
This step-by-step course will empower you to:
Included with this course are: