The link between ADHD and computer and video game addiction

The Internet, computer games, Facebook, Twitter, smartphones, text messages, instant messages-these are just some of the ways we stay in touch, have fun, and socialize with others. These technologies are not negative in themselves, but for some people-especially those with ADHD-these online activities can easily become obsessive-compulsive disorder.

ADHD increases the risk of overuse of computer or video games

People with ADHD are more prone to addiction, so they are particularly prone to addiction, including computers, video games and the Internet.The products of the online world provide fascinating stimuli that continue to change, and provide people with ADHD with a medium that seems to be hard-wired to their brains.

In addition, sometimes social anxiety associated with ADHD may be a factor added to the Internet. Strong anxiety usually precedes a video game frenzy. For those with social anxiety disorder, video games and the Internet provide a “safe” interface through which to interact with people, but it seems to limit the advancement of social skills rather than enhance it.

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Signs of computer or game addiction

The following is a list of possible warning signs:

  • Timewarp, unable to determine network time
  • Lying about online behavior
  • Sleep changes or interruptions
  • Stay away from family and friends
  • Lose interest in other hobbies and recreational activities
  • Poor performance in school or work
  • Two hours a day, more than four days of network activity per week
  • Suffering from back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck stiffness, neuralgia, eye fatigue
  • Inability to see the negative consequences of network activity
  • Eat with computer
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal symptoms after playing games or online activities, such as headache, malaise, dizziness

Get help with internet addiction

First, you must admit that you have a problem. Once you have taken the most critical step, you need to find an ally or supporter who can help you figure out what resources you might need to successfully solve the problem.

Find a local therapist who is familiar with Internet addiction. Many times, when people spend too much time on computers, the Internet, or video games, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Other issues are likely to be at work. May need professional help.

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How can parents help their children browse the online world in a healthy way

Pay attention to potential hazards and understand the warning signs. Second, you must determine what your child’s motivations are: adventure, fantasy, escape, excitement, withdrawal, achievement, anxiety relief, etc. Then you must find a way for your child to meet this need in the real world.

If your child needs intensity or stimulation, it may be time to study paintball (with great attention to the need for safety equipment) and other vigorous exercises. If role-playing seems to be a motivating factor, ask your child to participate in drama, acting classes, comedy classes, or summer drama camps. Your child’s motivation is the key to the intervention.

In addition, try to participate in his or her online activities when your child is young so that you can understand that part of his or her life. Keep in mind that finding motivational “carrots” for people with ADHD can be tricky, so if online activities have motivational potential, you may want to use them.

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The link between ADHD and computer and video game addiction
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