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Excessive Video Gaming is Not Just a Symptom

If your child spends hours playing video games, it can eventually lead to serious psychiatric problems. However, pathological video game play may not be just a result of preexisting mental disorders.

A two-year study of more than 3,000 children identified baseline psychological factors such as impulsivity that predicted excessive video game playing. Conditions as depression, social difficulties, and poor school performance tended to be outcomes of pathological gaming, rather than causes.

According to Med Page Today:

"Game-playing habits were considered pathological when the young respondents checked off at least five of 10 items related to gaming on [a] questionnaire. These covered such matters as the amount of time they spent playing video games, whether schoolwork suffered as a result of gaming, and whether they ever stole money to buy games."

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