Hello. I am new here and have no idea if I am posting in forum correctly. I am NOT computer savvy so please forgive me. I have been doing some research and have found that children, teens and adults that are addicted to video games are at HIGH risk for psychological problems if not addressed. Even schizophrenia. This is a “new area” in my opinion, but an important one. You see, I was ignorant about the harmful effects of video games and computer games (or even just internet addictions) on the brain. My son is 23 and I (his mother) have been noticing some odd behavior that I, Me, Myself is associating it with schizophrenia. It was MY FAULT that he became a gaming addict. I was so naive!!! We got him a Nintendo 64 when he was only 4 years old!! Then he “graduated” to the Sony play stations. It was a convenient baby sitter. I feel so horrible!!! He became so good at the gaming consoles that it was no longer fun for him anymore. The gaming consoles were TOO SLOW for his brain!!! So he “graduated” to computer online games which means he uses BOTH hands to play a game. It is much harder than just using a controller on a PlayStation or X-Box. His left hand does one thing while the right hand is doing something else. I ignorantly thought he was exercising his brain and that it was a good thing, little did I know it was going to be HELL. Fast forward to now. He lives on his own and has been for almost 2 years. Before he got his own place, when he was around 19, I was the one that finally uncovered “video gaming addiction” because I noticed how addicted he was and that he was on that dang computer 24/7. He found a therapist/counselor and started to go see him, BUT and this is a Bigg BUTT, the therapist NEVER HEARD of gaming addiction. So why did my son continue to go see him? I have no CLUE, other than to get brainwashed by the counselor that His Mother (me) was the problem. Come to find out that counselor was a pedophile. AnyyyyWAYYYYY he goes to a different therapist/counselor and once again SHE has never heard of gaming addiction, so why did my son continue to go see her? I have no clue, but I think they both brainwashed my son to believe that his mother (me) is the problem. I didn’t realize this until about 6 months ago, because all of a sudden my son starts bringing up things from his childhood that I did. I yelled at him several times. I know it’s not nice, but I do not deny it, BUT I do deny seriously abusing him. He started acting like I was SERIOUSLY abusing him and that he is having these psychological issues NOW, because I yelled at him when he was young! I don’t believe it. I can go on and on, but I do not want to write a novel. What triggered me to do research on schizophrenia is how one week he says “I love you, you’re my MOM” and comes to hug me in a loving manner. Then the next week he will call me on the phone and ask me if I remember the time when he was 8 years old and did not allow him to go outside to play with his friend because his friend was being nasty to him? I said “Yes” and he slams the phone down on my ear. Then the next week he talks to me like nothing ever happened. Then the next week he tells me that our relationship is too close and he needs to be an independent responsible adult and he only wants to contact me every 6 months! Mind you I am not arguing at all. I am just listening and acknowledging. He started to forget a LOT of things like paying his car insurance once a month. If I brought it up he would get angry. He was the one getting angry, not me! I started noticing that he would only shower when going to work. If he was off for 3 - 4 days- NO SHOWER!! I could “smell” him. He would tell his gaming friends on the computer that he doesn’t want to talk to them anymore because he wants to move forward in life and he told me he was going to sell his computer then turns around and goes right back to his old ways. Oh my God, I am frazzled. I found out he was smoking pot. Then he tells me he was drinking beer, wine, whiskey. THIS IS NOT MY SON. He was never into drugs and drinking and I don’t know if he is still drinking and doing marijuana or not, because he shut me out of his life. I know he started smoking cigarettes last year. I have not said ANYTHING negative to him about any of this stuff going on. I have just stood there and allowed him to lash at me and that’s all. I acknowledged YELLING at him several times when he was younger and apologized. He said " I don’t believe you are sorry!!" … He also told me a few months ago that he was hearing voices. I thought he was joking. I said “your conscience, you mean?” He said “No a mans voice”!!! Telling him something negative about himself!!
Oh My god!!
I want to add a link here if possible and also mention that there is book out called GLOW KIDS by Nicholas Kardaras. He also runs a retreat in the country to get people off electronics.
(virtual reality helmets are dangerous as well)
Here is the link on gaming psychosis:
PS we are a holistic family and do not get involved with any kind of prescriptions for good reasons.
Thanks! and I apologize if this was very lengthy