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What is Internet gaming disorder and Internet addiction?

  • Why Internet gaming disorder and Internet addiction are real: video
  • Video games stimulate the brain and body to release pain-killing hormones (digital painkiller): video
  • Tendon rupture associated with excessive smartphone gaming: Dr. Doan’s paper

Books and Research Papers on Internet Gaming Disorder

Documentaries on the internet and gaming addictions

Internet gaming disorder and Internet addiction affects 1 in 11 people and children

Mental Health Issues, Autistic Symptoms, Depression, Anxiety, and Behavioral Issues are reversed when digital screens are removed.

  • Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time by Victoria Dunkley, MD: book and website
  • Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men by Leonard Sax, MD: book
  • Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, MD: book
  • Impact of videogame play on the brain’s microstructural properties: cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses (Excessive videogames will reduce your children’s verbal skills.): research article

Violent Video Games Promote Violence

  • Effects of prosocial, neutral, and violent video games on college students’ affect. – research article
  • The effects of prosocial video games on prosocial behaviors: international evidence from correlational, longitudinal, and experimental studies – research article
  • Violent video game effects on aggression, empathy, and prosocial behavior in eastern and western countries: a meta-analytic review – research article
  • Major Behavioral Effects of Media Violence – U.S. Surgeon General’s Report 
  • Excessive Video Game Use, Sleep Deprivation, and Poor Work Performance Among U.S. Marines Treated in a Military Mental Health Clinic: A Case Series – Dr. Doan’s paper
  • Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence – book by LTC Dave Grossman and Gloria Degaetano 

Video Games Promote Use of Pornography

  • Case Report: Internet Gaming Disorder Associated With Pornography Use: Dr. Doan’s paper
  • Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction: book by Gary Wilson
  • Gary Wilson’s Ted Talk on Porn Addiction: video
  • Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s Ted Talk on Demise of Guys: video
  • Dr. Doan’s talk on Digital Pharmakeia (video games and pornography): video

Excessive Digital Media, Brain Development and Autism

  • Autism and Digital Screens: video

Technology Use Guidelines & Support Organizations


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  1. Dr. Doan,
    thank you for all your doing. I have watched many of you You-Tube videos, dabbled in your book, and have learned a ton. Thank you for being so down to earth also and fielding my questions. The great journey continues!

  2. I recently discovered my husband has been playing game of war while our marriage has been crumbling. He has spent over $14,000 in the past year and a half and completely hid it from me. Whenever I asked him if he was cheating on me or what he was doing on his phone he just got angry. Now I know how extensive his use was he swears that he just deleted the game and was done with it last week. He spent $200 last week alone. How can I ever trust him? What do I do? We have been married 11 yrs and have 2 little girls. One is 4 and the other is 5 months old.

  3. Message *My 13 year old son has a gaming addiction problem. I was thinking of sending him to a Wilderness program but now I have my family telling me that’s a bad idea because if I send him there without him knowing where I am truly sending him than he will never again be able to trust me and that would be the risk I take. I just don’t know what to do anymore. I tried taking Internet away where he threatened to harm himself with a knife. I’m trying to look for a therapist in NY that understands this addiction but in the back of my mind I’m still thinking wilderness. I just don’t know right now.

    • DrAndrewDoan says: January 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Dear Iris, I am sorry for your difficulties. Dealing with teenagers is difficult because their brains are not fully developed and mature to make “adult choices”.

      Consider Teen Missions International for a “wilderness program”. I’ve briefed their staff on digital media addictions. While this is not a classic wilderness program, unplugging and connecting with the TMI staff has helped kids get on track.

      In addition, contact Nicholas Kardaras, PhD in New York:

      You can also consider Kim McDaniel who can counsel using video chat:

      I am praying for you and your family.

      Andrew Doan, MD, PhD

  4. Dr Doan,

    I saw on the OLGA website that you hold meetings on Thursdays at 6:30 in Temecula. Is that still something you do? In an effort to save my marriage I am trying to find something like AA type meetings/support groups for Gaming Addiction. If you do not and have any recommendations it would be most appreciated.

    Thank you.

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