TOPIC: ADHD and Cyber Addictions
When: Wed, September 21, 12-1:30 pm
Where: Rackham Graduate School Auditorium,
915 East Washington Street
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
Did you know that those with AD/HD who play more than one hour of Internet/console video games may experience intensified symptoms of AD/HD? Moreover, their school/work performance also suffers when they put in too much screen time. This problem becomes even more acute given the easy accessibility of games through the proliferation of mobile, digital devices.
Kevin Roberts began his computer gaming obsession in Angell Hall’s computer lab. In the ten years following graduation from the University of Michigan in 1993, he racked up 14,000 hours of “recreational” game time. He held down a job, but spent most of his free time in front of a computer screen. Support and intervention from friends finally got him to control his cyber behaviors.
Kevin Roberts draws on personal and professional experiences with cyber addictions to take audiences deep into the world of the cyber addict, examining the issues that underlie compulsive urges. Discussed are warning signs, tools to deal with this addiction, and strategies to ensure that the problem does not take root in the first place, especially with those with AD/HD who are at particularly high risk.
Kevin Roberts is currently an AD/HD coach, director of curriculum for the EmpowerADD Project, and a leader of support groups for those with cyber addictions. His clients include professional athletes, college professors, and teenagers.