Is ADHD Overdiagnosed?

Posted on by Kevin.

ADHD is still on the rise. Researchers have not identified the underlying cause of this nationwide trend, however. Scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 2007 and 2009, roughly 9 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 17 were
diagnosed with the disorder. This compared with approximately 7 percent between 1998 and 2000. While this data from a…

Violence in Video Games, again

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The author of this blog is recovering gamer, Alex Puzey, who is a consistent contributor to this site.

Concerned about recent violence that seems to be tied to video games, I combed through copious articles regarding the news from the Norway bombing. The killer claims to have been inspired by “Call of Duty.” And just yesterday here in the U.S., a 14-year old in Georgia apparently stabbed hi…

The Comeback Kid

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I went to the pre-season opening game for the Detroit Lions yesterday. I went because I was invited by my friend, Quinn Pitcock, who was signed by the Lions, but still has to prove himself to end up on the final roster. Quinn, a recovering video game addict, got in a fair amount of playing time. He deflected a pass, but his chief role was that the Bengals offense double-teamed him a good deal of t…

Is Cyber Technology Changing our Brains?

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While sensational stories of sedentary video gamers dying of deep vein thrombosis regularly make news, the more widespread dangers from video games and the cyber world might well be found in the brain’s neural circuitry.

Neuronal pruning is the process by which neural connections become broken, generally from lack of use. It is often a metaphor used to describe the maturation of behavior and…

Warning: Cyber Addiction Needs to be Treated

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I have been getting a lot of phone calls and emails lately regarding whether or not I believe excessive cyber behaviors rise to the level of addiction. I believe that cyber behaviors can and do meet the criteria for impulse control disorders and addiction, but the mental health community does not share my beliefs, at least not in an official capacity. Yesterday, I spoke with a psychiatrist friend…