Healthy Gamer Prevention

From the World Expert On Video Game Psychiatry, Dr. Alok Kanojia

The Healthy Gamer Community is saying:

" Over the course of a few months, I’ve learned how to manage my gaming habits, and feel so much happier and more in control of my life. Dr. Kanojia really gets what’s it like to be us, the gamers, and he’s made himself an absolute expert in this understudied field. " - Richard W., Gamer

This is a fantastic resource! Alok is a compelling speaker, and I love the way he frames the need for parents to appreciate the importance of the child's experience as a gamer from the get go! I found myself already borrowing some of his words in a session with parents of one of my pre-adolescent clients today when the topic of video games came up.” - John N., LICW

About Dr. Kanojia

Hi! I'm Dr. Alok Kanojia. Most gamers call me Dr. K. I've worked with hundreds of gamers to find balance with gaming and real life.

I'm also a gamer myself. In fact, my gaming almost caused me to fail out of college. Now, I'm faculty at Harvard Medical School, and I specialize in addiction psychiatry. I've also worked with dozens of gamers (including pro gamers) over the past 5 years. I founded Healthy Gamer as the best evidence-based psychiatric approach to balance gaming and real life.

Healthy Gamer programs combine years of experience into actionable programs any family can use.

The Healthy Gamer Essentials Includes

Expert Guidance.

8 modules with Dr. Kanojia in 10-15 minute segments

Exclusive Content.

We break down the gaming world, so you can hold your own with your gamer.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome, Parents!
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  Understand: The Appeal of Video Games
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  Understand: Psychology of Gaming
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  Understand: Emotional Support & Mental Health
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  Talk: How to Talk to Your Gamer
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  Act: Shape the Environment
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  Act: Model Behavior
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The Healthy Gamer Guarantee

Healthy Gamer programs are the best evidence-based psychiatric approach to finding a healthy balance between video games are real life. Developed by Dr. Alok Kanojia, a reformed gamer and now faculty in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, this approach has helped gamers of all kinds: from pro gamers to middle schoolers.

If you feel like you need more help, please see our Remedy and Action Plan programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you more qualified than other people to do this?

Dr. Kanojia is the world-expert in gaming psychology, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, and is faculty at Harvard Medical School. Most importantly, he has personally experienced video game addiction - nearly getting kicked out of college as a result - and managed to get his own gaming under control and into a medical career. First-hand experience goes a long way in helping non-gamers develop empathy, which is critical for success. Dr. Kanojia now works with gamers of all kinds: professional gamers as well as younger gamers (with their families). Healthy Gamer puts Dr. Kanojia’s experience and methodology into affordable, self-paced programs that any family can use.

Is this therapy?

No, it’s better. It’s knowledge, empowerment and community support. We go quicker than week-to-week therapy and are much, much more affordable. Due to licensing restrictions, Dr. Kanojia can not be your doctor or psychiatrist through this program. Instead, he can be your guide and you will have access to him and other parents every other week in virtual office hours.

How long will this take?

The content can take an afternoon. To implement can take 4-8 weeks, depending on the dynamics of your family and your gamer’s cooperation. The first 4 weeks of any behavior change (think about quitting caffeine, cutting carbs, or exercising every morning) are the hardest. Go easy on yourself and on your family. It is more about cultivating a healthy environment and a healthy balance than a sudden change in behavior.

Wouldn’t forcing my kid to quit video games altogether be better?

Good luck with that. Forcing someone to do something they don’t want to do is not usually a good idea, much less successful. If you cut out video games, you become the enemy. Healthy Gamer is grounded in the idea that getting control over your child’s gaming requires you both to be on the same team. You’re not the enemy, and neither are they. It’s easy to feel this way, but gaming is not inherently evil. Treating it as a purely negative influence in your child’s life means that you are missing the point. Healthy Gamer is about balance and using the positive things about gaming for real-world success. Our approach works for families, because gamers can embrace this kind of incremental change. Often, gamers themselves will start to prioritize time spent in real-world activities over gaming, which is the ultimate sign of a Healthy Gamer.

Can I bring my gamer to office hours?

Yes! If your gamer is interested, by all means share the log-on information with him/her. We would love to have him/her there.

What if my child has a video game addiction?

The Healthy Gamer Action Plan is probably better for you. You’ll have more exercises to help you map out a definitive course of action as well as access to Dr. Kanojia in group office hours.

The Healthy Gamer Essentials is perfect for:

Parents of gamers ages 8-18 who want expert knowledge about video games

Parents who are evaluating whether or not their gamer “plays too much”

Parents who are overwhelmed with the gaming world (why is my child watching someone else play video games?!) and need a first step in understanding what gaming is and how it impacts their children

Healthy Gamer programs are the best evidence-based psychiatric approach to video games. It uses the expertise of Dr. Kanojia and has the approval of pediatricians, psychiatrists, child psychologists and educators.

Be well,

Dr. Kanojia & Team Healthy Gamer

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