For the parent of someone with ADD, it can be hard to watch your child struggle as a result of it. It has most likely affected their schoolwork, social life, and health in many ways. There are many solutions, and you may have found one that’s right for your son and daughter. However, no matter how under control their ADD is, your child could still be more susceptible to combined struggles like that of ADD and video game addiction.
ADD is the cause of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity in children and teens. Symptoms that your son or daughter could show include:
- Being easily distracted
- Difficulty focusing
- Losing things
- Difficulty falling asleep or sitting still
- The need to constantly be moving
- Acting despite consequences
Because of the unique focus that video games allow them to have, it is not uncommon to see ADD and video game addiction go hand in hand. For teens with ADD, video games are something that are completely amusing to their brain and doesn’t allow them to get bored. It makes them feel busy and active, focused, and having fun. For teens who struggle socially, gaming provides them with a safe space to try and fail, where no one is watching.
To an extent, it can be nice to see your child happy and enjoying an activity that lets them focus on something. And on school days, they deserve some time to relax and have fun before homework. However, with the prevalent connection between ADD and video game addiction, it is wise to keep an eye on their gaming habits.
Some signs that your child’s hobby has turned into a video game addiction are:
- Preoccupation with the game. Does your son or daughter think about previous game activity or anticipate the next gaming session when they are not playing?
- Previous attempts at limiting their playing time have failed. Has your child tried unsuccessfully to stop or put away their game for periods of time?
- Does “just an hour” frequently turn into much longer?
- Has their game use jeopardized social activity, relationships, job performance, or schoolwork?
- Have they lied to family members, therapists, or friends in order to conceal the amount of involvement they have with the game?
- Do they use gaming to alleviate or escape feelings like loneliness, anxiety, or depression?
- Has their sleep been affected by their gaming?
- Do they get irritable, distracted, or upset when they can’t play?
ADD and video game addiction are two major issues for teens today, and when you put them together, they are a tricky combination. You don’t want your child to suffer, but you know what is best for them. You may feel overwhelmed and worried. You may have tried to fix the problem to no avail. When you feel like you’re hitting a wall and running out of options, it’s time to seek professional help for your teen’s struggles.
At Pacific Quest, we understand their unique situation, and we’ve helped countless teens who suffer from it. Our wilderness therapy program is a holistic, safe, and purposeful approach to helping adolescents who are struggling.
We combine psychological and clinical methods with an enriching environment to maximize the potential for healing. Your child will also be assigned a primary therapist, from whom he or she will get individualized, compassionate care.
With a focus on horticultural therapy and community building, we help teens find their strengths and feel a sense of purpose in their activities. This isn’t hard to do on the Big Island of Hawaii, where botanical gardens, freshwater ponds, and wide open spaces are abundant.
With activities like yoga, hiking, cooking, gardening, and more, teenagers here learn important life skills that they can keep forever. This holistic and individualized approach helps them confidently integrate back into their lives at home with a rejuvenated spirit and healthy, new perspective on life.
As a parent, it’s incredibly difficult to watch your son or daughter struggle. Why wait to see if it’s a phase? Invest in your child’s health now and help them overcome their video game addiction and combat their ADD in healthy ways.