Are Video Games Getting in the Way of Real Life?
You aren’t alone in your concerns. The World Health Organization estimates 4-8 million people suffer from video game addiction. We have worked with dozens of gamers to rebuild their lives and reshape their gaming habits.
If you're worried about any of the above, as a parent, we encourage you to trust your instincts. Some symptoms of unhealthy gaming are:
It can take 3-5 years for a recovering gaming addict to bring their life back on track because they missed the boat on medical school applications or internships. Meanwhile, they grew more isolated from their family and friends. The gamers I've worked with realize they have a problem the moment they find themselves on academic probation, barred from graduating from college, and/or with no social support. You can help prevent this from happening to your child.
Quitting games is NOT the answer.
Dr. Alok Kanojia
Hi! Many people know me as Dr. Kanojia, but what they don't know is that I nearly got kicked out of college because of my gaming habits. I am now faculty at Harvard Medical School where I combine addiction psychiatry with gamer psychology to treat video gaming addiction. After working with hundreds of gamers, I co-founded HealthyGamer.gg as a way to help people to regain control of their lives more quickly and affordably than with traditional psychiatric care. I designed these courses for parents with the goal of helping them become partners in their child's recovery from video game addiction.
Help your child create healthy gaming habits while regaining control of real life.
This program is designed for you and your child to regain control
Through this course, we help parents understand their child and empower them to establish healthy gaming habits.
If you want to be a constructive partner in your child's future and success, then it is crucial to understand the psychology of gaming and a bit about addiction psychiatry. My goal in this course is to break the parent vs. child + video game cycle, and, instead, put you and your child on the same team. If you are simply wanting to control your child, this is not for you.
This step-by-step course will empower you to:
Included with this course are:
Why it feels like an uphill battle
As one gamer put it:
"As someone who was most definitely suffering from addiction to certain games many years ago before it was really recognized, for me it was like this:
Have a very important, stressful thing I need to do > ignore it and play game because it's an escape/stress relief > associate game with happy fun times > life deteriorates because I'm not doing anything but playing game > escape from this fact by playing more of game.
The difference was that my life didn't suck and therefore I played a lot of games, my life was actively getting worse because I was ignoring responsibilities and not taking any steps to fix things in life... because I was gaming instead. I was picking it up to ignore life, to get those dopamine hits, and to make myself feel better, but all it was doing was making things worse. Much the same way an addict will reach for a needle because things are hard or stressful, I would do that for games. And, just like a drug addict discovers when the high goes away, when I logged off, shit hadn't magically gotten better. So then I had a choice... either do the hard thing and work to fix it or pretend it wasn't there and play games all day and night instead.
Took me a while to kick, had to give up a few games to do it and really focus on education/work for a couple of years. But now I'm back to being a gamer, just one who puts life and work before games."