Gaming and Internet Addiction
There is help for your family
There is no government organization giving parents the answers about raising children in the age of technology. Understandably, parents are confused about appropriate guidelines, what is “normal” and what constitutes problem use. They feel anxious and often guilty that their rules may be too strict or too loose, or that they enforce the rules inconsistently. You may have already consulted a therapist for help managing a child’s ADHD, temper tantrums or depression symptoms without improvement and have the sense that screen time may be affecting these issues.
Warning Signs of Problematic Screen Use
- Talking, thinking or reading primarily about the internet or gaming
- Irritability, anger or boredom when screen time is reduced or eliminated
- Inability to follow the family’s tech and screen rules
- Decreased interest in spending time in-person with friends or family
- Heightened sense of euphoria when online or gaming
- Mood changes including impatience, anger, mood swings, depression
- Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious or depressed as a result of one’s online use
- Physical illness or symptoms including poor nutrition, weight gain or loss, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, backaches, visual problems
- Changes in sleep habits, particularly neglecting sleep to stay online
- Deteriorating grades or school performance
- Other problem behaviors: drugs, alcohol, shoplifting
- Family conflicts over child’s screen use
- Secrecy or lack of openness about their online activities
- Withdrawing from other hobbies or pleasurable pursuits
- Using online activities as an escape from other problems
Concerned that your teen might have a video game or internet addiction? I can help.
How it works:
I like to meet with parents or guardians initially to gather thorough information about your child and how you have handled screen time concerns so far. Initial meetings are usually 90 minutes.
One to three sessions
Meetings with parents or guardians, and with your child alone if that is practical for further assessment and goal planning.
Next we will formulate an individualized plan that works for your family.