It is no secret that teens and adolescents love video games, but when it progresses from a favorite pastime to an addiction, it can be harmful. Video game addiction can impact your teenager to the point that they withdraw from the real world. Knowing the difference between excessive video game use and addiction is the first step to helping your teen.
Video game addiction is often included among the cluster of symptoms related to debilitating anxiety and depression in adolescents and teens. Nathan’s Waypoint can help you put together all of the pieces affecting your child and your family and support you through designing and following a path to a better place.If your teen is displaying any of the following behaviors regarding their video game use, they may have an addiction:
- Constant preoccupation and talking about their games
- Hiding the amount of time they spend playing their video game
- Anxiety or anger when their video game access is denied
- Negative impacts on their school work
- Isolation from friends and family, or not participating in other activities
- Defensive about their video game use
These are just a few signs that video games may become an addictive force in their lives. They may use video games to seek solace from the world or stressful situations. If you notice that video games have become disruptive in your teen or family's lives, it may be time to seek treatment.
Treatment for Teen Video Game Addiction
Treating video game addiction is more complicated than just removing the video game from their lives. Teens that have become addicted often were using the game as a coping mechanism for other underlying issues. They also may need to rebuild their social skills to connect with peers and their family. Treatment options can include therapy, but many teens with video game or internet addictions respond to wilderness programs that get them engaged with others and the real world around them.
If you believe your teen is experiencing video game addiction as a symptom of debilitating anxiety, contact Nathan’s Waypoint for help. We can work with you to navigate the best path to wellness.