Is your child a pathological gamer?

A recent study in the American Academy of Pediatrics links excessive gaming with depression, anxiety and poor grades.  In fact, over a two year time period 84% of the children in the study remained “addicted” to gaming which indicates it isn’t just a phase they go through.  The researchers asked questions similar to those asked of pathological gamblers.  Addicted gamers had multiple areas of their lives negatively effected.  However, those who stopped their excessive screen time reduced their levels of anxiety, depression and social phobia according to the study.  Here is yet another important wake up call for parents to limit and set appropriate boundaries on their child’s electronic habits.  Would you keep liquor around and accessible for a loved one considered an alcoholic?