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To: Sarah Barracuda

You cannot blame video games entirely, but I can tell you, they do have a stimulating effect on those who have mental illnesses.

I for one, can attest to this. I have 2 adopted boys who came from a very bad background prior to adoption (abuse, neglect, violence) The birth family has a history of bi-polar, schizophrenia, etc. One of my sons has also been diagnosed with post traumatic stress from his abusive background and manic depression.schizophrenia.

30 days ago, he went crazy in the home and attacked the whole family. He currently is in a mental health hospital.

What drove him to go crazy in the house was that he was told he could not play video games. I took them away from him because I saw how aggressive he becomes after paying video games, even sports type games.

When you have a child on anti-depressant drugs, there is an effect with the additional stimuli of video games.


26 posted on 12/17/2012 10:05:28 PM PST by neverbluffer
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To: neverbluffer
When you have a child on anti-depressant drugs, there is an effect with the additional stimuli of video games.

Now THAT I would agree with, and you did the right thing as a parent. Unfortunately, I also see this more and more with kids that are not on any meds, but are just very intelligent. The pace of life cannot keep up with the pace of their brain. Video games can keep up that pace. And schools are even worse because many times the classroom only moves at one speed.
60 posted on 12/18/2012 6:27:21 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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