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What are some signs that your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is playing video games too much?

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Some children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be very drawn to video games. And they can cross the line into playing too much. Work with your child to agree on rules about how long and when they can play. Also, be careful the video games aren’t replacing other activities kids should have, like social interactions, time with family, physical activity, etc. Make sure homework and household chores are done before they pick up the controller or tablet.

Signs that your child needs to ease off the games include:

  • Fits or tantrums when asked to stop playing
  • Outbursts when losing
  • Staying up all night or very late playing
  • Lies about how much time is spent gaming

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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