Video Games and the Depressed Teenagers
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|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: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/video-games-and-the-depressed-teenager/?ref=health.
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.