TV, Video Games, and ADHD – ADHD Center – EverydayHealth.com


I believe that too much television/video games are BAD…..period! The votes from the link below are split on whether viewing too much TV and playing video games attribute to ADHD. I know from personal experience that the repetitive motion involved with video game play seem to soothe my asperger son. The challenge comes with constantly reminding him the difference between fantasy and reality. His “what if” scenarios almost always involve one of the characters from a game in a real life situation. That’s my point of view, what are your thoughts?

http://www.everydayhealth.com/adhd/experts-tuning-into-adhd.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthChildrensHealth_20120411

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2 Responses to TV, Video Games, and ADHD – ADHD Center – EverydayHealth.com

  1. Queenie says:

    I hope I have enough characters in this block for all the comments I have! Going down the list, I totally disagree with Stephanie Sarkis’ statement that ADD is a function of motivation and not attention. My daughter has no problems whatsoever with motivation. She wants to do homework. She wants to perform well academically. After years of not knowing why her motivation and effort did not yield the appropriate results, she was finally diagnosed with attentive type ADD. Armed with the diagnosis, we were able to very quickly get the help and provide her with the tools to compensate for the ADD. She doing a great disservice to ADD children everywhere when they are labeled ‘unmotivated’ i.e., lazy. As for the other ‘experts’ who see a causal effect between games/tv and ADD, why are they not willing to look at it in reverse? That ADD children are more likely to find comfort/familiarity/repetition in tv and video games. Simply ‘getting up and turning off the tv’ will not make a child’s ADD go away! If I had known to look at my daughter’s early childhood fixation on Barney and the RugRats as over focusing and a possible symptom of ADD, I would have been able to get her the proper behavioral, social and academic support long before we did. It’s frightening to think that parent’s could take their child to one of the ‘blame’ experts and think their child is lazy or that their child has ADD because the parents did not turn off the tv. Trying to force a child with ADD to be ‘normal’ without tools is to create a anxious child and anxious parents all without changing anything except being out-of-pocket for the ‘expert’ advice. Ultimately, regardless of cause, I believe the point is for parents, specialists and the child to work together to come up with solutions for THAT child. We run around telling every child that they are unique. Yet when it comes to ADD they all just need more ‘motivation’? I think not.

    • macmamava says:

      The more I read, the more I come to realize that people continue to try and combine ADD, ADHD and ASD into “general” categories. I hope that research continues to focus on early detection and diagnosis. Thank you for your feedback.

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