By Stephen C. Schultz
Video Games, Anxiety and ADHD - Is there a common theme?
Aloft Transitions Home for Young Adults
This is simply a complimentary resource guide for parents of teens and young adults who struggle with ADHD, Anxiety and Gaming.
• Russell Barkley,
Taking Charge of ADHD
• Hallowell & Ratey,
Delivered from Distraction
• Harvey Parker,
The ADD Hyperactivity Workbook for Parents, Teachers, & Kids
• Bradley & Giedd,
Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind
• Gurian, Michael,
The Minds of Boys Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life, 2005.
• Hanna, Mohab,
Making the Connection: A Parents’ Guide to Medication in AD/HD
• www.CHADD.org (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
• www.aap.org (American Academy of Pediatrics)
• www.aacap.org (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
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The following websites may be helpful regarding anxiety:
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Video Game Management and Insight:
The following information may be helpful regarding video game access and patterns of use:
1) A longitudinal study published in Pediatrics (Volume 27, No. 2) by Dr. David Gentili revealed
the following patterns in youngsters who regularly play violent video games:
• increased normative beliefs about aggression
• increased hostile attribution biases
• increased aggressive fantasies
• greater likelihood of engaging in physically and relationally aggressive behavior
• increased likelihood of being the victim of aggression
2) Youngsters with ADHD are at greater risk for becoming pathological gamers.
Parents should consider the following questions in determining video game access:
• How much time does your child spend playing video games per day and per week?
• What is the content of the games?
• Is your child socializing less with friends?
• Are your child’s grades declining?
• Is your child irritable or defiant when asked to stop playing video games?
3) The following strategies may be helpful in regulating video games within the home:
• Establish a set of limits regarding the amount of access to a video game.
• Discuss the rules on limits with your child, explain how they will be enforced, and make
sure your youngster understands consequences.
• Check the rating and content descriptors on a game before renting or buying it.
• Have your computer or video games console in a public area of your house so you can
monitor what your children are playing.
• Encourage and support participation in other activities.
• Consider establishing a server where only your child’s friends can participate online.
• Establish a budget for video games.
4) Consider the following resources to obtain more information regarding the content and
impact of video games:
• American Academy of Pediatrics Media Violence Policy Statement
I hope you find the above information helpful to you and your family. If you are interested in learning more about Aloft Transitions, you can learn more here at www.AloftTransitions.org