Teen Counseling Phoenix Teen Counseling Scottsdale Arizona: Video Games, Anxiety, Depression Etc

Video games are now a bigger industry than sports and movies combined. Global gaming has risen to a 180 BILLION dollar industry in 2020. The global film industry brought in approx. 100 Billion in 2020. The global sports industry brought in approximately 75 million. The largest growth in the video game industry came 

from: mobile Gaming, console gaming, then PC gaming in the last year. Smartphone and tablet gaming revenue is on the rise in a giant manner. The top ten video games in the USA in 2020 are : Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Madden NFL21,  The last of Us: Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Assassins creed: Valhala, Final Fantasy VII; Remake, Marvel’s Avengers, Super Mario 3D All stars.

Addiction to social media and video gaming should be classified as a disease according to experts in England. There are great concerns with harmful content online and poor mental health. The English gov is asking Psychiatrist to make assessment of social media and online habits a part of mental health assessments. This should have been done over a decade ago according to most experts world wide.

Twenty five percent of eighteen to twenty five year olds stated watching reality tv made them worry about there body image. Fifteen percent of those that have watched stated they have self harmed due to body image issues. Almost twenty three percent stated they had suicidal thoughts in relation to their body images.

Thoughts of body images in a negative light are linked to : anxiety , depression, , and shame and this is not good for mental health issues.

Children and teens are not born with addictive minds however they are learned behaviors based on unhealthy thoughts that are based on fear and scarcity and thoughts that believe there is not enough. Not enough time, not enough love, not enough friends, not enough food, not enough video games , not enough toys, not enough clothing, not enough infinite items. The reality is these are false thoughts in that there is enough and there is enough love to go around.

Many teens are showing symptoms of : anxiety, depression, substance abuse and more and video games are not helping your child’s mental health.

Children an teens carry around negative thoughts of past behaviors that they are : bad, not good, not loveable, losers, etc and I see this in my office on a regular basis. We must not dwell on past thoughts and past behaviors because the past is done with and over and we must create a new thought pattern and new behaviors today. A child can not move past behaviors if they are dwelling and thinking about low points and negative cognitions in their minds. A child or teen may have lost their temper and hit a wall and put holes in the wall, however, the child and family must forgive him and we must not live in the past in order to create new behaviors and relationships and positive feelings in the future. Past guilt and resentment does not allow healthy thoughts of abundance and love and keeps children in Fear and inadequate thinking that fuels addiction and much more. If your child has this type of thinking they will search for things outside themselves to medicate their pain like: video games, vaping, drugs, tv, social media and have to do more and more of it so they do not have to cope with or deal with painful feelings.

Many children and teens are dwelling in negativity being negative self talk on a daily basis and in order to feel better they immerse themselves in media and in video games and Tv and social media and you tube so they do not have to look at themselves this is part of addictive thinking in children and teenagers.

A child and teen who feels inadequate has a low self esteem and is most likely judging themselves in negative ways with negative self talk that is their programming for all behaviors at home at school and with peers. Guilt ridden thoughts and comparison with siblings and peers can only lead to more feelings of inadequacy and low self worth. These thoughts feed addictive behaviors. It is vital to untwist these knots and pull these weeds in your child or teens mind for them to move in a balanced and healthy and successful direction at home and at school and in all areas of their life and have their garden grow and blossom.

A child and teens judgment squeezes the opportunity for joy and laughter and happiness in life. The addictive cycle of negative thinking leaves very little room to enjoy oneself and family and feel happy and balanced.

Addictive thinking in children have many unhealthy thoughts. I must be perfect in all I do. This is an addiction to being right. Another addictive thought is get as much as you can due to scarcity this thought does not allow balance nor does it allow a child to understand quality vs quantity and feeds addictive personalities and minds of children and teens.

Attacking and defending is one of the most challenging thought systems that feeds and expands a child’s addictive thought system. The more a child or adolescent teen attacks and defends the more we feel inadequacy. It is here that a victim begins to victimize someone it can be: mentally, emotionally, physically, or sexually.

Children and teens get stuck in guilt and shame and can not move from the past in their thinking or their future thinking of fear and worry and this must be addressed in order to be balanced and healthy.

It is very important for children and teens to learn that a situation does not determine their experience. We know it is the thoughts that we hold in our minds that will determine our perception.www.lifeworksaz.com has been working with children and teens as well as families for over 15 years. David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has a graduate specialty in child, teen and family therapy as well as more. David has a strength based approach and uses many research based techniques to reach positive results. David Abrams is a child and family psychotherapist that has a great deal of experience with : mood management, behavioral and emotional issues, anxiety, depression, self esteem , social skills, anger management, motivation, family issues, adhd behaviors and much more. To see more go to his web site www.lifeworksaz.com

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