Healthline11: Video game addiction

Kids and video games nowadays pretty much go hand and hand.
Often times, even parents – sitting nearby watching – think their kids have an addiction to the video games.
But, experts say getting addicted to video games, could be problematic in the future – as developing an addictive type of personality, could lead to becoming addicted to more serious things, like drugs or alcohol in the future.
Local experts say putting limits help prevent developing addictive behaviors.
“Limitations of the settings can actually improve the child’s behavior,” says Dr. Miguel Tosados with Yuma Regional Medical Center.
However, video games have been used recently to treat people with depression, PTSD, and even forms of autism to help develop communication and interaction skills.
Experts and parents say moderation is key.

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Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist currently reporting and producing for KYMA News 11. Max comes to Yuma from Chicago where he worked as a news writer for WGN News. He’s also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Max is excited to be a part of the KYMA team. Catch him in action on “Sunrise” every morning at 6 a.m. If you have a story idea, don’t hesitate to reach out: max.tarlton@kecytv.com or on twitter: @MaxTarlton

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