Video Games and the Depressed Teenagers

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Video Games and the Depressed Teenagers
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 12:38pm

Here is a link to a NY Times article about research that found that teens that are "addicted" to video games might have underlying depression issues:

I thought that this portion of the article was interesting:

But Dr. Gentile, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, says his latest results don’t prove that playing video games causes depression. Rather, he says, in young people a range of mental health problems and what he calls “pathological gaming” may develop in tandem, much as illnesses like the flu and pneumonia can set off one another and lead to new problems.

It sounds like teens are using video games to cope with their depression or other mental health issues.

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Registered: 08-04-2001
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 1:14pm

There were a few months in my life when I played a video game as if my life depended on it. I was addicted. I was using it as a blatant escape from reality. Yes. I was depressed. I was stressed almost beyond my ability to cope. In the game, I was in control - at a time when my life felt out of control. In the game everything was neat and tidy. I had a robot making meals and cleaning the house.

www. It's Not Mental .com