The teenage years are full of changes and challenges, and with today’s society, online gaming and social media are so readily available for teenagers to access.
It can become problematic for teenagers to be overusing the internet, social media, or playing video games. This overuse is not yet considered a disorder that can be diagnosed by a doctor or mental health professional. It is however something that needs to be monitored and addressed if it is affecting your teenager’s day to day activities and social interaction.
CHECKLIST TO DETERMINE THE SEVERITY OF PROBLEMATIC VIDEO GAMING AND TECHNOLOGY USE
AS A PARENT, WHAT DO YOU DO IN THESE SITUATIONS?
If you checked more than half of these symptoms or difficulties your teenager may be experiencing, it indicates they would benefit from seeking some advice from a Psychologist. Knowing what to do in these situations can be challenging for parents, so a visit with one of our Adolescent Psychologists give you the understanding you need, and give your teenager the tools to reduce their technology dependence, and discover other things that make them happy in life.
We have put together some tips to help you navigate through these stages with your teenager and technology use – view them here.
Clinical research has also indicated that individuals who have been diagnosed with anxiety, low mood or depression, substance dependence, or ADHD are more likely to develop difficulties with their technology use, and these teens would also benefit from seeing one of our team, even if they are not currently using technology problematically.
We believe wise minds make wise decisions, so let us help you. Contact us today.