Gaming Addiction Help for Teens From New Mexico

What Effect Does Video Game Disorder Have on my New Mexico Teen?

 

Video game disorder is very hard to treat.  In one surprising study, In one study 84% of addicted gamers were still addicted two years later, demonstrating how difficult gaming addiction is to treat.  In the same study, 7% of online gamers were classified as psychologically or behaviorally dependent on online gaming. video game disorder help

This begs the question, “why is gaming so addictive?”  According to research in the Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 41% of people who play online video games do so as an, “escape from the real world.”  Another risk factor is found in players with strong social motivation. Some games involve social obligations, where players have to work together. This can mean a player feels obliged to play along as the rest of the group wants to play. Farmville strives to ensure participation at regular intervals by making gamers dependent on each other for daily allotments of fantasy resources.  

Putting together role play and social use in one game should yield a highly compelling game. World of Warcraft, a massive multiplayer online role-playing game, fits this description and is, anecdotally, pretty addictive.

There is much debate currently about the effect of video game violence on the real world.  According to a study in Pediatrics, as much as 20% of real-life violence may be attributable to media violence.  Why is this? Researchers speculate that there is a two-fold issue here. First, constant exposure to video game violence decreases our sensitivity to real-world violence.  Seeing a fight at school might seem more normal to a child that has been exposed to ongoing video game violence, making them less likely to intervene or even more likely to instigate violence themselves.

Gaming Addiction Help that Helps New Mexico Teens

Our Pennsylvania based programs help teens from New Mexico and can provide academic opportunities to ensure your child does not fall behind in school.  Campers at Camp Pocono Trails that undergo video game disorder help are put into small classes where they won’t get lost or fall behind. video game disorder help

Often, academics fall behind when a student needs video game disorder help.  The problem is that it is almost impossible to totally avoid using the internet as a student today.  At Camp Pocono Trails, we help campers develop the self-regulation skills to go online responsibly and to quickly get back on track when they fall off.

Some of the emotional signs or symptoms that may require video game disorder help include:

  • Feelings of restlessness and/or irritability when unable to play
  • Preoccupation with thoughts of previous online activity or anticipation of the next online session
  • Lying to friends or family members regarding the amount of time spent playing
  • Isolation from others in order to spend more time gaming

Video game disorder help often means treating co-occurring issues concurrently.  Often, we find an underlying depression or self-doubt about the future. Focusing on Maslow™s œHierarchy of Needs paradigm, we help Camp Pocono Trails campers find safety and security first by showing them how to interact positively with others, how to make and keep friends, and how to stand up to others when being bullied.  

ADHD is a common co-occurring issue when teens need video game disorder help.  As a result, habits and strategies need to be developed to use the internet successfully for research or writing papers in school.  This is simply what we do at Camp Pocono Trails- we help our campers to develop the intrinsic motivation to change their online behaviors and develop routines that will ensure their success.

Frequently, we’ve found that the typical Camp Pocono Trails student started excessive online habits when they began to feel more successful online than offline.  This can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, as campers lose social practice by spending more and more time online and losing opportunities to engage in face-to-face social interaction.

As a result, it’s not uncommon for a teen to lose the feeling of safety and security when walking the halls in high school.  This can lead to a snowball effect and only encourages the student to fall deeper into online habits. At Camp Pocono Trails, we can reverse these feelings of social insecurity by teaching concrete skills to interact and socialize with others appropriately.  

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

Camp Pocono Trails helps teens struggling with issues similar to those below:
– ADHD
– Autism Spectrum
– Depression
– Impulse Control
– Social isolation
– Technology Addiction
– Social Issues
– Poor Communication Skills
– Video game addiction
– Social Anxiety Disorder
– Addictive Behaviors
– School Refusal
– Trauma
– Family Conflict
– Low Self Esteem
– Anxiety

Resources

Gaming Addiction Help: Setting up Controls on Your Apple Computer and Phone

Apple brand products offer some of the best and hardest to œget around controls for parents.

You can learn how to set up parental controls for Apple products here: https://support.apple.com/kb/ph18571?locale=en_US

As a parent, you want your kids to have a safe and happy experience on the Mac. Using Parental Controls preferences, you can manage, monitor, and control the time your kids spend on the Mac, the websites they visit, and the people they chat with.  After you set restrictions for a child using a Mac, you can manage parental controls from a different Mac. Both computers must be on the same network.

Gaming Addiction Help: Limit Activity with Microsoft Family


Think about it- if you just limit your child’s use of technology at home, how likely will they be able to manage their use independently when they go off to college, or when they move out of the house and start their first job?  Below is a resource to help your child develop structure, but without the intrinsic motivation to change, you setting up limits alone may only go so far.

Microsoft Family: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12413/microsoft-account-what-is-family

Microsoft family is just one of the many benefits of having a Microsoft account. It™s a free service that helps families stay connected, and keep kids safer on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices, along with Android devices running Microsoft Launcher. You™ll find settings like activity reporting, screen time limits, location sharing, and content restrictions on account.microsoft.com/family, where you can also track kids™ spending and add money to their Microsoft accounts.

Camp Pocono Trails Helps New Mexico Families From Cities Such As:

Some examples of cities from New Mexico which may have families who could use Camp Pocono Trails: Albuquerque Las Cruces Rio Rancho Santa Fe Lamy