If you’re the parent of a kid who loves video games, you know that getting them to stop their game can be an uphill battle.
The number of times you’ve reminded them to do their homework or come to the dinner table is probably countless. It may seem like their game has taken over their mind, and it might as well have as this could be a video game addiction.
Video games are a serious distraction for young minds, and they are easy to get lost in. Many people are able to play video games without it interfering with the rest of their lives, but how do you know when it’s reached a concerning level for your son or daughter? It is our hope that the following warning signs can help you decide.
Your teen’s love of video games may have transformed into a video game addiction if you notice the following:
- 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?
- Have previous attempts to limit game use 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?
For more information on warning signs, check out Addiction Recov.
Adolescents are especially prone to video game addiction. It is easy to want to escape the struggles of being a young person, from social pressures to stress from school. Unfortunately, just like any other addiction, video games can easily become less and less satisfying, requiring more time spent on them each day.
Teens can soon feel helpless and dependent on the game, and depression and isolation are perpetuated. The more this is left untreated, the worse it can get. If you think your child may be developing a video game addiction, it is best to act on it right away.
At Pacific Quest, we understand this unique situation, and we’ve helped countless teens who suffer from it. Our wilderness therapy is a holistic and purposeful approach to helping adolescents who are struggling. We combine psychological and pharmaceutical treatments 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 extremely individualized, compassionate care.
With a focus on horticultural therapy, we help teens find their place within the community and find 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 daily activities like yoga, hiking, cooking, gardening, and more, young adults here learn important life skills that they can keep forever. This holistic, individualized approach helps them confidently integrate back into their lives at home with a rejuvenated spirit and healthy, new perspective on life.
You can watch a video about our focus on health and wellness here.
Helping your kid is loving your kid, and when it comes to helping your child grow and heal, there is no time like the present. Give them the tools they need to live a sustainably healthy and happy life.