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Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:13 am
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State/Province/Country: ONTARIO
Hello everyone,
I am the parent of a 16-year old who I believe is a gaming addict. We've been dealing with this issue for almost 3 years now, always taking his games and computer away and always returning to him and "giving him another chance" so to speak to keep his gaming limited. We didn't realize that this was becoming a serious issue. I guess in a way, we were in denial.
It hasn't worked and things have deteriorated to the point where he has gotten very aggressive.

Long story short, we have now taken everything away again and I have looked into help. I feel bad for him and worry about him greatly. I feel bad because I know that he loves playing and a part of me feels that when you're young you should be able to do some of the things you love. I worry because now that we have cut him off, will he become depressed, possibly even do something to himself? I should state that we have let him have his Ipod only at this time and while he watches some TV shows on it, he also streams other people playing etc. HE doesn't believe there is a problem and is very resentful towards us.

The toughest thing we're struggling with right now is "HOW" to make him see he has a problem and agree to do something about it. I understand that he has to admit this to himself but is there any way to advance the process of eliminating the denial that he is going through?

Thanks so much for any thoughts, advice.
John


Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:32 am
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Joined: Sat May 17, 2014 3:06 pm
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Location: Charlottesville
State/Province/Country: Virginia
hi, there's a website for family of compulsive gamers here:

http://www.olganon.org/for_parents_of_young_children
http://www.olganon.org/parents_of_older_children

There are people with a lot of experience with obsessively gaming children and they're willing to share what they've learned. They have a chat meeting on Thursdays at 9pm EST on that website.

Best wishes to you.


Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:24 pm
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