While video-gaming has well-documented positive effects, prolonged, excessive usage can cause long-lasting structural changes in the brain, especially in the executive regions. Hence, individuals with game dependency have often demonstrated increased inattention, impulsivity, and impaired control over their behaviours.
Neurofeedback therapy is thus one viable intervention that is noninvasive, non-medication-based, and empirically proven in treating disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The therapy works by utilising neurofeedback to reprogram the brain in behaving toward a desired manner (e.g. reduced dependency on gaming). Clients are equipped with a device that measures brain activity (neurofeedback) while engaging in specific cognitive tasks that stimulates activity in the target brain regions. Through consistent repetition, new neural-pathways are formed that encourage desired behaviours, such as having enhanced focus and better control over impulses and behaviours. Hence, neurofeedback therapy helps shape the brains of game dependent individuals to be better equipped for mastery in both their games and real life.
If you are interested in this therapy, please contact us to book an appointment with our Chief Psychologist for initial assessment. Consultation rates and information can be found here.