How to Quit Video Games

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The most general approach to treating children as well as adults that are addicted to video games is to use multiple techniques/strategies. If left untreated, conditions such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may make  video game addiction more difficult to treat. Therapy and medications to treat any other existing issues will make the treatment of the video game addictions much easier.

The goal of treating any addictive process is to return the affected person to full and healthy functioning. At times it is important to stop playing all together to thus be able to work on all of the areas of functioning that need improvement.  For the “fasting” period it is important to identify goals, get all caregivers and loved ones to buy into the fast, get new toys and activities or dust off old ones that will replace screen time and perhaps to let the parents of their friends know as well.

Be prepared to deal with a big emotional reaction and acting out behaviors.  Some kids need help learning to modulate their emotions and can even benefit from specific treatment such as anger management training.  Talking through the discomfort may help some children, however, engaging in another activity is a great way to distract the mind and try to restore some new healthy habits.  Great activities include those that involve building such as legos, reading, or movement such as basketball. It will take a long time to establish a new equilibrium, and when that day arrives you can start to reintroduce video games in a controlled way.

Often, professional help can be the most effective way to help your child or loved one.


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