Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
“I couldn’t get off the computer ‘cause I was about to kill that final thing in ‘Call of Duty’ and if I didn’t kill it I’d have to fight it all over again and it just isn’t worth my time!”
Who doesn’t love a good video game? Whether it’s Fortnite or Candy Crush Saga, it’s pretty easy to get sucked in, sometimes for hours. But is there such a thing as Gaming Disorder? The World Health Organization says yes, but the American Psychiatric Association is still considering. Regardless of if it technically qualifies as a mental health disorder, what parents really want to know for their kids is: When does it cross the line from casual pastime to problem territory? In this episode of Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple, Gene and Steve tackle the issue of gaming disorder, including how much is too much – of anything.
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· Gaming Disorder (World Health Organization)
· Internet Gaming (American Psychiatric Association)
· Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness? (Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds)
The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds is a free, practical, online educational resource dedicated to helping parents and other caregivers support the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, teens, and young adults.