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Are video games good for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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Many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are drawn to video games. Too much playing can be worrying for parents. But there is no proof that video games cause ADHD. And one large study from Norway that for several years tracked the gaming habits of kids, starting at age 6, found that those who had more ADHD symptoms tended to play more as they got older. But the sheer amount of screen time did not worsen their condition.

SOURCES:

ADDitude: “The Neuroscience of the ADHD Brain,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Hyperfocus,” “ADDitude-Approved Video and Computer Games for Children.”

Attention Deficit Disorder Association: “ADHD: The Facts.”

European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Time Spent Gaming and Psychiatric Symptoms in Childhood: Cross-Sectional Associations and Longitudinal Effects.”

Child Mind Institute: “Do Video Games Cause ADHD?”

Understood.Org: “Video: Pros and Cons of Video Games for Kids with ADHD,” “Can Kids with ADHD Sometimes Be Hyperfocused?”

Elaine Taylor-Klaus, ADHD coach and CEO of ImpactADHD.com

Entertainment Software Association “Ratings Guide.”

FDA: “FDA Permits Marketing of First Game-Based Digital Therapeutic to Improve Attention Function in Children with ADHD.”

YouTube: “The first FDA-approved prescription video game: EndeavorRX (Trailer),” Sean Hollister.

Psychology Today: “FDA Approves Video Game as ADHD Treatment.”

Henry Ford Health System: “Can You Be Addicted To Video Games?”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 7, 2020

SOURCES:

ADDitude: “The Neuroscience of the ADHD Brain,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Hyperfocus,” “ADDitude-Approved Video and Computer Games for Children.”

Attention Deficit Disorder Association: “ADHD: The Facts.”

European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Time Spent Gaming and Psychiatric Symptoms in Childhood: Cross-Sectional Associations and Longitudinal Effects.”

Child Mind Institute: “Do Video Games Cause ADHD?”

Understood.Org: “Video: Pros and Cons of Video Games for Kids with ADHD,” “Can Kids with ADHD Sometimes Be Hyperfocused?”

Elaine Taylor-Klaus, ADHD coach and CEO of ImpactADHD.com

Entertainment Software Association “Ratings Guide.”

FDA: “FDA Permits Marketing of First Game-Based Digital Therapeutic to Improve Attention Function in Children with ADHD.”

YouTube: “The first FDA-approved prescription video game: EndeavorRX (Trailer),” Sean Hollister.

Psychology Today: “FDA Approves Video Game as ADHD Treatment.”

Henry Ford Health System: “Can You Be Addicted To Video Games?”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 7, 2020

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